Wednesday 28 September 2016

Legendary Penneys/Primark executive O'Donoghue to retire ending 37 years with retailer

Published 13/06/2016 | 13:48

Breege O'Donoghue after receiving her medal with her sisters and brother, left ro right; Ursula Nally, Ann Flanagan, Michael O'Donoghue, Breege O'Donoghue, Mary Benett and Patricia Hannigan. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Breege O'Donoghue after receiving her medal with her sisters and brother, left ro right; Ursula Nally, Ann Flanagan, Michael O'Donoghue, Breege O'Donoghue, Mary Benett and Patricia Hannigan. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Long standing Penneys and Primark executive Breege O’Donoghue is to retire, ending a 37 year career with the chain.

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As group director for new markets and business development, the Co Clare native has been at the forefront of the Irish chain’s global expansion.

Two years ago Breege O’Donoghue made headlines for an inspiring speech delivered when she won the Lifetime Achievement award at the Image Businesswoman of the year awards.

Read Breege O'Donoghue's inspiring speech from Image awards here:  

She was a UCD Quinn School alumna of the year. In March 2016, and was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by Président François Hollande for bringing Primark to the French market. 

She joined Penneys in 1979, originally to set up a human resources department. At the time the company had 24 outlets. It now has more than 300 stores, in 11 countries and has 60,000 employees. 

She will step down from her role on the executive board of Primark at the end of the financial year, in September, but will continue to represent the company by performing duties as an Ambassador including her role as a pension trustee, the company said.

 

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