Spreading his wings: Kenny Jacobs’ move to the top flight

Kenny Jacobs’ lack of experience in any top role may be a concern as he takes the reins at DAA, but his strong background as a good communicator, retailer and marketer should stand to him as he looks to grow the semi-state airport company’s airports reach at home and abroad

Kenny Jacobs: he has held a number of high-profile roles, including marketing manager at Tesco Ireland and Ryanair. Picture: Peter Hannan


Name and job: Kenny Jacobs, DAA chief executive

Age: 48

Appearance: balding, often sporting a smile, and a proponent of the ‘smart-casual’ dress sense

Newsworthiness: has just been named as the new DAA chief executive

Alan Sugar, the British business tycoon, eyed Paul Callaghan, a contestant on The Apprentice, pointed in his direction and uttered his well-worn catchphrase: “You’re fired!”

As he did so, a PR nightmare was landing in the lap of Kenny ...