Born in Sligo in 1958, Dermot Mannion is one of eight children (four brothers and three sisters).
Dermot attended Saint John’s Boys School in Temple Street and Summerhill College in Sligo.
After leaving Summerhill College he went on to Trinity College in Dublin where he graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Business Studies.
After leaving college, Dermot first worked with Ulster Investment Bank before moving to Emirates Airlines in 1987, where he climbed the ladder to become the President, Group Support Services with Emirates in 2005 before joining the Irish airline Aer Lingus as CEO rising to the position of Chief Executive Officer where he oversaw the privatisation of Aer Lingus in 2006 and saw it through two attempted takeover bids by main rival Ryanair.
After leaving Aer Lingus in 2009, he was appointed by the Brunei Ministry of Finance to spearhead corporate restructuring and reshape the business at the country’s flag carrier.
Dermot Mannion has also worked in a number of senior roles at Emirates Airlines, building up a solid track record of achievement’s in airline operations across three continents, characterised by strong cash flow, improved productivity, low unit costs, excellent customer service and high staff morale.
Dermot Mannion is currently Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines.