Chief Executive, AerRianta International Middle East
Philip Eckles is the CEO of Aer Rianta International – Middle East WLL (ARIME), a subsidiary of Aer Rianta International cpt and of DAA in Ireland. ARIME is headquartered in Bahrain, from where the company is involved in a number of duty free operations across the region including in Lebanon, Bahrain, Oman, Iran, Qatar, Cyprus and India (Mumbai and Delhi).
Philip joined ARI in 1993 as Retail Manager at ARI’s duty free concession in Karachi, Pakistan and since then has held several senior management positions, including Operations Manager at Eurotunnel, UK and General Manager at Kievrianta in Ukraine. He has also held consultancy roles at Birmingham Airport in the UK and Sofia Airport in Bulgaria as well as other retail related projects from the company’s base in Ireland. Before moving to the Middle East Philip was ARI’s Regional Manager in North America, overseeing the group’s operations in Canada, the US and the Caribbean.
Prior to joining ARI Philip was employed by Allders International at their duty free operation in London Heathrow airport, before which he spent time on the UK high street in supermarket retailing.
Philip is currently serving as a Director on the Board of MEADFA. He is married to Sarah and has two children.