Cream of the crop: Farmer’s son Scanlon lands job as CEO of Kerry Group
A 43-year-old farmer's son from the small mountain village of Brosna, Co Kerry, has been named as the next head of Kerry Group, one of the country's biggest corporations.
The Tralee-based global food ingredients group yesterday said Kerryman Edmond Scanlon will take over as the group's third chief executive in September.
Mr Scanlon will succeed Stan McCarthy in what has been a €4m a year role.
Mr McCarthy has been chief executive since 2008, and is retiring this year as he turns 60. He'll be succeeded by another Kerry Group lifer, with deep roots in the original Kerry Co-op heartland of North Kerry.
Mr Scanlon grew up on a dairy farm in Brosna and studied commerce and accounting at University College, Cork, before joining Kerry Group's graduate programme in 1996.
His parents are understood to have been suppliers to the Kerry creamery themselves.
Brosna is located in the north-east corner of Kerry and borders both Limerick and Cork. It is part of the Sliabh Luachra district, which is better known as a mecca for traditional music and as the birthplace of Irish language poets like Aogán Ó Rathaille and Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin, than for producing corporate executives.
Since joining the group, Edmond Scanlon has risen through the company ranks and worked in a string of globe-trotting roles.