The former boss of Morrisons is to head the company that runs Dublin airport.

Dalton Philips, who left the supermarket in 2015, takes up his new role at DAA in October.

He is taking over from current chief Kevin Toland who announced his departure in May.

DAA also owns Cork airport as well as various retail businesses across 10 countries including Canada, Cyprus, India and New Zealand.

Philips has been hired for a seven-year term by the semi-state owned company and his main focus is likely to be Dublin airport’s bid for a second runway.

He said DAA played “an essential role” in the Irish economy with its two airports alone contributing 100,000 jobs to the Irish economy.

“Our focus will continue to be on providing the best customer experience for the millions of passengers who travel through our airports every year,” he added.

DAA chairman Pádraig Ó Ríordáin, said Philips’ leadership would be “critical to DAA as we address the challenges of Brexit and the delivery of the north runway at Dublin airport”.