Dalton Philips has been appointed as the DAA's new chief executive.
Mr Philips will take up the role on October 2 and succeeds Kevin Toland, who was recently appointed the new CEO at baked foods group Aryzta.
Born in Dublin, Mr Philips has worked in 14 countries for companies including Walmart, Canadian retailer Loblaw and Morrisons.
His roles included CEO of Brown Thomas Group, Chief Operating Officer of Loblaw Companies and CEO of Wm Morrison.
Among other roles, he is a senior advisor to The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consultancy.
The DAA owns Dublin Airport, which was the fastest growing major European airport in 2016 when it handled nearly 28 million passengers.
It also owns Cork Airport, where passenger numbers increased by 8% to 2.2 million last year.