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Council Members

Nicola Byrne, Cloud 90

Nicola Byrne, Cloud 90

Marie Armstrong, KPMG

Marie Armstrong, KPMG

David Carthy, DLA Piper International LLP

David Carthy, DLA Piper International LLP

 
Simon McKeever, CEO,Irish Exporters Association

Simon McKeever, CEO,Irish Exporters Association

Kieran Spellman, Treasurer

Kieran Spellman, Treasurer

Dr. Ronnie O'Toole, Honorary Economist

Dr. Ronnie O'Toole, Honorary Economist

 
John Carr, Flextronics

John Carr, Flextronics

Tim Daly, McAfee

Tim Daly, McAfee

Colin Dunne, IWT

Colin Dunne, IWT

 
Patrick Joy, Suretank Group

Patrick Joy, Suretank Group

Paschal McCarthy, Management & Consultancy Service

Paschal McCarthy, Management & Consultancy Service

James McGee, Athlone Extrusions

James McGee, Athlone Extrusions

 
John Mee, Glanbia Consumer Foods

John Mee, Glanbia Consumer Foods

Michael Sanfey, IAG Cargo

Michael Sanfey, IAG Cargo

Suzanne Trehy, CRH

Suzanne Trehy, CRH

 
Barry Cullen, Silver Hill Foods

Barry Cullen, Silver Hill Foods

Kieran Spellman, Treasurer

Kieran Spellman, Treasurer 

Kieran Spellman is CFO and COO of technology development, online digital entertainment, sports betting and casino business, BetBright.com.

BetBright employs 115 in its Sandyford technology development centre and is using proprietary technology to implement a disruptive and differentiated vision for the sector.

Kieran has extensive commercial and leadership experience as CFO of mobile payments, technology, healthcare, property development and construction businesses.

He is a graduate of Dublin City University and trained and qualified as an accountant with KPMG where he worked in international audit and transaction services in Ireland, Hungary and Malaysia.

Kieran joined the IEA as Treasurer in 2017. 

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Barry Cullen, Silver Hill Foods

Barry Cullen, Head of Sales, Silver Hill Foods

Barry has over 20 years experience in the FMCG sector, the last 10 of which has been focused in developing Export Markets for the various companies he has worked for.

Barry had previously spent 12 years with the Kerry Group in various Senior commercial roles both nationally and internationally.

During the last 7 years with the Silver Hill Company and during his Tenure, sales have doubled and the number of Export markets has increased from 9 to 30.

Barry joined the IEA Council in May 2018.

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Paschal McCarthy, Management & Consultancy Service

Paschal McCarthy, Director Fehily Timony, Holden Installations, Induchem Group, Alex Verification Services & Paschal McCarthy Management and Consultancy Service
Paschal is a Director of Fehily Timony Company, Holden Installations, Induchem Group, Alex Verification Services and runs his own Consultancy Business Paschal McCarthy Management and Consultancy Service. He is former Managing Director of GE Healthcare Ireland, a manufacturing subsidiary of The General Electric Company. Originally founded as Nycomed Ireland Ltd., before merging with Amersham International in 1997 and subsequently acquired by GE in 2004. Paschal has been with the company since day 1, and has grown the operation from a European supplier shipping 3 million units to Western European markets to today, a global supplier shipping 20 million units to 70+ markets worldwide. From 1995 to 1997 Paschal headed up the company’s bulk chemical plant at Lindesnes, Norway. Prior to joining Nycomed Ireland Paschal also worked with Schering Plough Corp. and Baxter Healthcare.

Having spent the early part of his career in the QA/ QC arena, Paschal moved to operations in 1990, and has held several senior Production / Operations management roles prior to taking over as Managing Director in 1997.

Paschal is a member of the UCC Training Board, a Mentor with the Plato Organisation and a former member of the Norwegian Irish Business Council. Paschal holds a B. Sc., Diploma in Aquatic Biology and an MBA. He is also a Chartered 

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Kevin Sheehan, Deloitte. Honorary Treasurer

Kevin Sheehan, Deloitte. Honorary Treasurer

Kevin is an audit partner in the Dublin office of Deloitte & Touche and has over 20 years’ experience in providing audit and advisory services. Kevin leads the Irish firm’s Consumer Business Industry Group with a particular focus on food manufacturers and exporters.

Kevin’s experience includes servicing both public and private companies, coordinating multi jurisdiction audits spanning 6 continents.  Kevin also leads the firms Best Managed Companies awards programme

Kevin is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from NUIG.

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IEA Chairman West/Midwest Region: John Carr, Flextronics

IEA Chairman West/Midwest Region: John Carr, Flextronics 

John Carr has held the position of Vice President Supply chain solutions with Flextronics, for the past 14 years.

Over these years John has managed team’s responsible for building Global supply chains for companies in multiple sectors, including consumer electronics, medical devices, telecoms, industrial, automotive, aerospace and computing sectors. 

Prior to joining Flextronics John was President US Operations with IEL Inc., where he managed Electronics Distribution in the US.  John has held management positions in Irish Express Cargo, EMC Corporation, AST Research, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

 John is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logsitics, and holds a Masters Degree in Manufacturing Technology from Cranfield University, and an MBA from Strathclyde University. John is Chairperson of the IEA West/Mid-West Region, and is past Vice President of the Association

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Colin Lawlor, ResMed Sensor Technologies

Colin Lawlor, ResMed Sensor Technologies

Colin has previously served as Council member and Vice-President of the Irish Exporters Association.  Colin is currently Commercial Director for ResMed Sensor Technologies- a global leader in the diagnosis of and therapy for sleep disordered breathing.   Formerly known as BiancaMed, ResMed Sensor Technologies  is the company behind the world’s first wire-free sensor for measuring sleep and breathing in the home and is a recent winner of Innovation of the Year award . Prior to that, Colin was COO for Bio Medical Research Limited based in Galway. BMR operates in both the medical device (Neurotech) and health and fitness (Slendertone) businesses. During his 10 years at BMR, Colin was also responsible for export development in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. Colin also worked in the marketing consultancy business and started his career at Guinness Ireland (now Diageo).  Colin holds a B.Sc.(mgmt) from Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Colin led the successful IEA trade mission to India in September 2012, he has chaired the Asia Trade Forum and has led numerous initiatives to open new markets for Irish exporters around the globe.

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Dermot Carberry, Internal Solutions

Dermot Carberry, Internal Solutions


Dermot Carberry has held senior executive positions with a variety of industries both in Ireland and abroad over the last 20 years. He is Managing Director of a successful consultancy company “Internal Solutions” which was established in 2009 offering extensive experience to SME’s and large companies for business development, implementing change and sales & marketing development. He is involved in several start-up projects currently and is the lead consultant/ IEA Welsh Market Director for the Irish Exporters organisation.  He mentors for Enterprise Ireland and has worked with other government bodies such as Invest Northern Ireland and sits on various entrepreneurship panels around Ireland. He has studied with the Irish Management Institute, Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII) and FETAC.

 

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Tim Daly, McAfee

Tim Daly, McAfee

Tim Daly is McAfee’s Director of Operations in EMEA, and serves as company director for many of their International subsidiaries. He was one of the two initial employees when then McAfee founded their operation in Cork in 2004. Prior to McAfee Tim was one of the founders and Managing Director of Iona Software Ltd. , a software republisher working with Adobe, IBM and Edmark. Prior to that, he had been V.P. of Operations at Filemaker / Claris, Apple’s Software subsidiary, and had originally been their first employee in Europe at Claris Ireland Ltd.. Previously Tim had held a number of senior roles in Apple in Finance for several years. Tim is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a honours business degree from University College Cork.

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Michael Slein, LED Group

Michael Slein, LED Group

Michael Slein has been self employed since 1984 when he set up LED Group with two partners. He then bought out his partners’ interests in 1990 and LED Group is now the largest Irish Lighting Company in the world, with operations in Ireland, UK,Holland, Dubai, China (Manufacturing) and Australia. Michael’s main interests are his family, work and sport – particularly Soccer, Golf and Motorsports. Michael’s past and current Associations include – Committee Member EMDA; Vice President Irish Exporters Association; Chairman St Pauls Past Pupils Golf Society; Manager St Pauls Past Pupils Soccer Senior Team and Director of the Down Syndrome Centre. 

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James O'Riordan, S3 Group

James O’Riordan, S3 Group 


James O’Riordan Chief Technology Officer and VP of Corporate Development S3 Group. James’s role involves driving the strategic technical direction of S3 Group, Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Legal and Regulatory matters, Overseas Expansion, managing critical engagements with key technology suppliers and developing long-term relationships with Government bodies and Universities globally. James joined the company in 1987 and has held a number of positions in S3 Group including Section Manager, Division Director and Business Unit General Manager before being appointed as CTO in 2001. James brings considerable experience and expertise in the areas of General Management, Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Operations, Business Development, People & Project Management, Technology, IC design and DSP and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) and Masters in Engineering (M.Eng.Sc.) from University College Dublin.

James is one of the initiating founders of the Microelectronics Industry Association in Ireland (MIDAS Ireland) and is a board member of MCCI (Microelectronics Competency Centre of Ireland).

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Sam Simmington, MSC Ireland

Sam Simmington, MSC Ireland

Sam began his career in the shipping industry in the state owned B&I line and worked in various management roles in the container division in both Dublin and Cork.

The B&I Line was acquired by Irish Continental Group in 1992 and shortly after the Container Division was rebranded to Eucon Shipping & Transport Ltd. He served as a Director of that company until 2002, when he joined MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company Ltd as Managing Director of the newly formed Irish Agency.

MSC is the second largest container company in the world and now has 40 employees in 3 Irish based offices in Dublin, Cork and Belfast. MSC Ireland was the first winner of the Deep Sea Shipping Company of the Year Section at the Export Industry Awards in 2009. 

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Bryan Delaney, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Bryan Delaney, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Bryan has spent all of his working life within the area of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He started his career with An Bord Bainne back in 1972 in the shipping department. This was a crucial period in terms of Ireland joining the EEC; Bryan therefore has built up a vast knowledge of EU legislation. He briefly moved to Adamsfoods UK, a subsidiary of the Bord for two years within the area of export logistics. On his return in 1980 he joined the Eurohaul Group of Companies, managing the freight forwarding side of the operations. In 1983 he joined Irish Distillers LTD, since joining Bryan has been engaged in all aspects of the SCM operations and has been part of a major growth program. His current position within IDPR is General Manager, Supply Operations with responsibility for all logistical activities for both domestic and export markets. In terms of personal and sporting interests Bryan has held the following positions, President of a rugby club, Captain of a golf club, Vice Captain of a tennis club and Secretary of the Leinster Rugby Supporters Club (OLSC).

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John Nevin, Instant Upright

John Nevin, Instant Upright

John is a Trinity College Graduate BBS (Hons) 1984 and has worked in various roles in the print and packaging business from 1986 until 2006 including 9 years with Amcor in Australia from 1988 – 1995. Amcor is a large Australian Stock market quoted multinational in the packaging sector. Since returning to Ireland in 1997 have worked for four SME printing companies in Commercial Director and Managing Director roles. In 2006 joined Instant Upright as Managing Director to drive its export business. Instant Upright is a global provider of access solutions supplying 40 countries worldwide and now with manufacturing facilities in Dublin and Guangzhou.

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Nicola Byrne, Cloud 90

Nicola Byrne, President

Founded 11890 directory enquiries in 2006 and created Cloud90 in January 2013.  Cloud90 delivers front line services in Online Risk. Using human ingenuity and the latest analytics technology to deliver best online/digital data live 24/7. Cloud90 clients include leading banks, semi states and large global corporates. Nicola is currently a board member of the New Childrens Hospital Group Board and a member of the Evaluation Board on Fingal’s Local Enterprise board.  Previously a board member of Ireland US Council and British Irish Chamber of Commerce 2012-2015.

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Patrick Joy, Suretank Group

Patrick Joy, Suretank Group

Patrick Joy is the founder of Suretank Group and is the current Irish EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (University College Dublin, 1974) and also has an MBA (Trinity College Dublin, 1988). Patrick’s business is a truly global one with manufacturing in Ireland, UK, Poland, Thailand, China, USA and Brazil. Additionally, there are sales offices in Norway, Australia, Netherlands and Nigeria. He spends considerable time each year in the air visiting these and other countries where there is exploration and production of “offshore” oil. Patrick appointed a new CEO John Fitzgerald last year and has now taken on the role of Executive Chairman with primary responsibility for driving the company’s acquisition strategy. He now has more time for family and for developing his other interests. He is a Member of Engineers Ireland, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the Institute of Directors, Boyne RFC, Seapoint and Co. Louth golf clubs

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Colin Dunne, IWT

Colin Dunne, International Warehousing & Transport Group (IWT Group)

Colin has over 20 years’ experience in the world of shipping and transport. He has worked for three years in the Netherlands in Rotterdam Port and founded IWT Rotterdam – the objective to forming IWT in the Netherlands in the 90’s was to get closer to his customers . Colin has worked in Commercial Operational and General Management roles for many years and has a large reach having travelled extensively in his business life. Colin was part of the team that lead the successful Management buyout of the IWT Group in 2003 which incorporates 5 companies involved in all modes of transport logistics and supply chain solutions.

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Simon McKeever, CEO, Irish Exporters Association

Simon McKeever’s career to date has encompassed senior executive roles in global financial markets, business consultancy in Ireland, and more recently an outstanding track record in development of trade and trade policy & strategy across Ireland and UK.

In addition to his background in Financial Services, his recent role at the British Embassy in Dublin placed him at the forefront of joint trade strategy between Ireland and the UK, where he developed a close working relationship between UK Trade and Investment and Enterprise Ireland. He was the driving force behind the creation of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, and his leadership on the Agri-food agenda has created a joint initiative that has kicked off the first Irish British Food Business Innovation Summit in Dublin earlier this year.

Simon spent 18 years working in global financial markets, with RBC and AIB Capital Markets. He is widely travelled and has done considerable business in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the UK, in a business development capacity, winning new customers and rolling out new products.

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John Mee, Glanbia Consumer Foods

John Mee, Glanbia Consumer Foods

John Mee is Head of Supply Chain and IT at Glanbia Consumer Foods. John joined the IEA Council in January 2018.

Consumer Foods is a business unit within Glanbia Ireland with a specific focus on the manufacture and distribution of chilled foods, and milk and cream produce. Distribution is both within the 32 counties and internationally.

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Bill O'Connell

Bill O’Connell

Bill is the current President of Cork Chamber and former Vice President of Global Logistics with Dell EMC Corporation. Bill was with EMC over 25 years and has held numerous senior roles across Manufacturing over this time. He was responsible globally for both Revenue Logistics as well as Customer Service/Spare Parts Logistics, with teams based in Cork, Cairo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Toronto and many parts of the U.S.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Computer Science & Mathematics and a Higher Diploma in Education from University College Cork. He also has a Masters in Supply Chain Management (MSc) from Middlesex University.
Bill is a Board Member of the Cork Chamber of Commerce since 2014. 

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Dr. Ronnie O'Toole, Honorary Economist

Dr. Ronnie O’Toole, Honorary Economist

Dr. Ronnie O’Toole is Honorary Economist to the IEA. Ronnie has a long-standing interest in applied economic policy, particularly with respect to Ireland’s export performance, foreign direct investment, productivity and payments. He is currently Divisional Director in Indecon Economic Consultants, an independent economic research organisation based in Dublin and London. He was previously Chief Economist of National Irish Bank/Danske Bank, and ran the National Payments Plan in the Central Bank. He has also worked in the Department of Finance, Forfas and Mercer Actuarial Consultants, and lectures occasionally in the Smurfit Business School. 

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Alan Fehily, J&J DePuySynthes

Alan Fehily, J&J DePuySynthes

Alan is the Global Category Lead with Johnson & Johnson, and is responsible for Global Capex procurement in Orthopedics and Parentals. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 2008 and has vast experience as Procurement Lead and Inventory, Logistics & Purchasing Team Lead.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Alan was a Senior Buyer with VMWare, an independent subsidiary of EMC. Alas has also been a business owner and worked in Apple Computer during the earlier years of his career.
Alan has a Masters Degree in Lean Supply Chain and a BSc. in Manufacturing Management.

 

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John Carr, Flextronics

John Carr, Flextronics

John Carr is Vice President – Supply Chain Solutions, at Flex International.  Prior to joining Flex John held senior management positions with Digital Equipment, EMC, AST and Irish Express Cargo.  John holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and an MBA, and is completing a Doctorate in Supply Chain. John was a previous Council member of IEA, held the position of IEA Vice President between 2010 and 2012, and Chairs the IEA Mid-West Council.

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Marie Armstrong, KPMG

Marie Armstrong, Senior Vice-President

Marie advises a range of internationally-quoted and large privately-owned companies and utilities on their tax planning requirements. She has extensive experience in international tax matters, including financing arrangements, structuring for acquisitions and transaction services advice such as due diligence.

Her clients cover a range of industries, including the medical/pharmaceutical industry, renewable/sustainable energy industry.

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Suzanne Trehy, CRH

Suzanne Trehy, CRH

 

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David Carthy, DLA Piper International LLP

David Carthy, Junior Vice-President

David is the Irish Managing Partner for DLA Piper International LLP. DLA Piper has offices in over 40 jurisidictions and provides a global legal and tax service to its multinational, institutional, government and growing clients. He specialises in transactional M&A, fundraising (both from a company and investor perspective), shareholder arrangements and public listed company work including IPOs, takeovers and rights issues. He acts for Irish exporting clients and US and international companies expanding into Europe. David travels regularly to all parts of the US, UK, Europe and Asia.

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James McGee, Athlone Extrusions

James McGee, Athlone Extrusions

James joined Athlone Extrusions (then Athlone Manufacturing) in 1972 where he then progressed through several managerial positions. In September 1983 James participated in the MBO of Athlone Manufacturing from the receiver, holding position of Production Manager.
James was responsible for introducing ABS product range 1986. He also led the second MBO in 1990 whilst holding the position of Joint Managing Director. James subsequently became the Chief Executive in 1991. He presided over the flotation on the Dublin & London stock exchanges in 1998
He negotiated the sale of Athlone Extrusions plc to Barlo Group plc in January 2001 and subsequently the purchase of Athlone from the Quinn Group in July 2004. Has held numerous non-executive directorships and roles with IBEC, Enterprise Ireland, Irish Exporters Association and other state bodies

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Michael Sanfey, IAG Cargo

Michael Sanfey, IAG Cargo

Michael Sanfey has 30 years of commercial experience promoting Irish Exports. During that time he has held positions in export led companies such as Semperit (Ireland), Kayfoam Woolfson and as an Management Consultant with Condon International. A former director of Budget Travel, Michael is currently Director of Cargo with Aer Lingus Cargo.

Michael is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.

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