Bord Bia appoints Tara McCarthy as new CEO

Tara McCarthy, CEO, BIM. Picture: Shane O'Neill Fennell Photography 2015.
Tara McCarthy, CEO, BIM. Picture: Shane O'Neill Fennell Photography 2015.
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Michael Carey, Chairman of Bord Bia, has announced the appointment of its new CEO.

After months of speculation, Tara McCarthy has been appointed to succeed current Chief Executive, Aidan Cotter, who will retire in January 2017.

McCarthy, who was appointed following a rigorous and competitive process overseen by the Board of Bord Bia, is Chief Executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), since September 2015.

Prior to this, she worked with Bord Bia for over 20 years, holding a number of senior positions, including Senior Manager, Consumer Foods Division (2001 – 2011), and Director, Food and Beverage Division (2011 – 2015). She holds a B.Comm from University College Galway and a Masters of Business Studies from UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Commenting on the announcement Chairman of Bord Bia, Michael Carey, said: “On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Tara McCarthy to Chief Executive of Bord Bia. Tara has clearly demonstrated her leadership capabilities during a 20-year career in the agri-food industry."

McCarthy will be in charge of the State agency that is responsible for promoting Irish food and drink abroad, which was established in 1994.

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