BROADCASTER and businesswoman Norah Casey is to step down as CEO of her publishing company.
The head of Harmonia Publishers will make the move after a decade at the helm of the company, which she set up with her late husband, Richard Hannaford.
Norah said the decision will give her time to concentrate fully on her media career, which she says gave her renewed energy following the death of Richard after a short illness in October 2011. The mum of one will hand over the role to her brother, Ciaran Casey, after deciding that the company needed somebody who would “love it every day”.
Norah will remain as chairwoman at the publishing house, which prints over four million magazines annually for the Irish, British, US market and more recently in China.
The brand includes Ireland's three leading female magazines – Irish Tatler, U Magazine, Women's Way, as well as Irish Tatler Man, Food&Wine, Eat Out, Auto Ireland & Auto Woman.
“I know that it was the right decision because as soon as I made it I felt such relief,” Norah told the Herald. “I have been running companies for over 20 years and my own one for over a decade.
“I'm just at the point now where the last year showed me just how exciting it is to go back into radio and television.”
After a summer free of work commitments, Norah has just launched her Sunday morning Newstalk show Mindfood and is filming for an RTE documentary.
She has also signed a lucrative deal to pen a semi- autobiographical self-help book for publisher giant Penguin.
The mum to 14-year-old Dara said that her business would not survive if she continued to multitask. “For one year, it's OK, you can patch things up and survive. But actually, I don't think it could survive much longer without having somebody who loves it every day.”
Norah also revealed that she contemplated selling the business following Richard's death.
However, she found a renewed energy and love for working after she launched herself back into media work.