Our People

Our Board

Executive Management

MMI’s senior management team offers over 200 years of collective industry experience. Culturally diverse, they have delivered growth across a variety of global markets, channels and geographies. Their practical knowledge spans brand-owner and distributor perspectives from companies including Anheuser Busch, Heineken, Diageo, Maxxium, Remy-Cointreau, Matthew Clarke, Majestic Wines, Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s.

Biographies

Gary Chapman

Chairman

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Gary Chapman (ACA – New Zealand) has been a key member of the Emirates Group management team for almost three decades.

In his current role – President (Group Services & dnata), Emirates Group – he is responsible for the global operations of dnata, the leading air services provider employing over 38,000 people with businesses in 75 countries worldwide, as well as a number of other associated company businesses within the Emirates Group. He is also responsible for a number of the support functions of the Emirates Group (Finance, IT, Internal Audit, Human Resources, Medical Services, Legal, Insurance, Performance Development).

Gary is Chairman of Maritime and Mercantile International LLC (MMI), Sirocco LLC and dnata Singapore Pte Ltd. He is a member of the board of directors for Emirates Flight Catering Co. LLC, Emirates CAE Flight Training, Premier Inn Hotels LLC and dnata’s overseas ground handling operations.

Prior to joining the Emirates Group in 1989 Gary spent 12 years with a prominent Arab trading concern involved in construction and the provision of support services to the oil industry. His assignment postings included the Sultanate of Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Paris and Houston.

In 2012 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community, to New Zealand charities, and for his efforts in fostering aviation relations between the UAE and New Zealand.

Gary enjoys playing golf, and has a keen interest in most sports including sailing, cricket, football and rugby. Gary is the driving force in turning the Dubai Rugby Sevens from a local event into a major international tournament attracting top class players and teams with a huge spectator following from around the world.

Stewart Angus

DIVISIONAL SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATED COMPANIES –
EMIRATES GROUP

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Stewart joined Emirates in 1995 and has held positions in finance, procurement and general management. As Vice President – Procurement, Stewart was responsible for the airline’s third-party operational contracts for its worldwide services.

In his current role, Stewart is responsible for overseeing a number of subsidiary businesses in airport handling, in-flight catering, food and beverage businesses and hotels.

Stewart also sits on the boards of directors for Changi International Airport Services (Singapore), dnata (Philippines), Oman United Agencies (OUA) and Premier Travel Inn Gulf Hotels.

Previously, Stewart served at British Airways as Head of Finance for German subsidiary airline Deutsche BA and as Head of BA’s mainline operations to the Americas. He was also a Board Director of Brymon Airways and Plymouth City Airport.

Andrew Day

Group Chief Executive Officer –
MMI (and Emirates Leisure Retail)

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Andrew joined MMI as CEO in 2007. Under his leadership, MMI has continued strong growth in its import/wholesale operations and retail across the UAE, Oman, Africa and Indian Ocean. He also oversees businesses spanning hospitality and food and beverage across the Gulf, Indian Ocean and Australia.

He is a board member of Sirocco (regional distributor of Heineken) and after assuming responsibility for Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) in 2010, has been instrumental in its growth, including the expansion of ELR Australia of which he is chairman. He was recently appointed to the board of Premier Travel Inn Gulf Hotels and serves on other subsidiary or JV boards.

Previously Andrew held a number of senior positions at Anheuser-Busch International (A-B), a US Fortune 500 corporation and the world’s largest brewer. These included Vice President of International Operations and board director of both the European and Asia Pacific operations.

Iain Delaney

Chief Operating Officer –
MMI

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Iain joined MMI in 2003 and led the company’s spirits category marketing and development until 2010 when he took broader responsibility for commercial operations across the UAE. Currently Iain plays a leading role in MMI’s international expansion into Africa and South East Asia, whilst maintaining responsibility for existing sales, marketing, distribution and retail operations. He is also a board director of a number of MMI’s subsidiary companies and JVs across the Gulf, Indian Ocean, South East Asia and Africa.

Iain previously worked in Public Relations for Porter Novelli (London), part of the Omnicom Group, and has a strong background in corporate communications and media training. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Marketing from The University of Humberside and Lincolnshire and has a post-graduate diploma in Business Management from the Bradford University School of Management.

Kevin Zajax

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER –
Emirates Leisure Retail

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Since joining ELR as Chief Financial Officer in 2008, Kevin has maintained and enhanced the financial integrity of ELR Group entities internationally. In his current role, he incorporates functional responsibilities for property, procurement and IT, as well as driving business development for the group.

In 2013, Kevin secured six retail outlets at Dubai International Airport’s Concourse A and two years later, secured seven more at Concourse D. This included signing key brands such as Prêt à Manger and Wolfgang Puck. Kevin is also a director on the boards of the Singapore, Oman and Australian divisions of ELR.

Previously, Kevin spent 10 years at Coca-Cola Amatil (a three billion Australian dollar listed company). Heavily involved in the company’s acquisitions, he also held a number of supply chain and financial roles, including Financial Controller.

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