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.