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dnata Travel announces new leadership structure

Dubai, UAE—Over the past year and a half, dnata Travel has grown exponentially, both in terms of geography and revenue. After months of planning and review, the company has announced a new leadership structure to support its future growth, and maximise opportunities across the dnata Travel family of companies.

The new structure splits the business into various segments, each focused on developing dnata’s strengths.

In Europe, Steve Barrass will lead dnata’s Supplier Relations segment; Ian Simmonds and Neale Chinery will head the B2C Europe division; and Andrew Botterill will oversee B2B Europe.

“Since 2012, we have followed an ambitious, but focused acquisition strategy, which has seen us welcome Travel Republic, Gold Medal Group, Stella Travel Services and Imagine Cruising in the UK, and Emirates Holidays and Arabian Adventures in the UAE,” said Iain Andrew, Divisional Senior Vice President of dnata’s travel business. “We now have some of the world’s greatest travel brands within the dnata family, and I believe, are on the brink of a new era – one where we become a truly global force in travel.”

dnata is one of the world’s largest travel brands, and has grown by 278% in the past year. The new leadership structure is effective as of 11 May 2015. All brands under the dnata Travel portfolio will continue to operate under their current trade names.


About dnata
dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company offers ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents.

dnata's Travel Business is the largest provider of travel services and products in the Middle East, and operates more than 200 retail outlets worldwide. Each year our travel advisors handle more than 3.5 million bookings, 7 million bed nights, and 7 million passengers. Its suite of products and services includes business travel management; worldwide tour operations; hotel sales and marketing representation; group and incentive arrangements; sports and active holiday programmes; offshore and marine services; government and corporate travel and leisure travel.

Internationally, dnata owns and operates Gold Medal Travel Group, Stella Travel Services Travel Republic, has investments with Hogg Robinson Group, Mindpearl Group, Imagine Cruising, and brought personalised travel to the Middle East through a joint venture with Travel Counsellors. 

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