Alltech founder and president Pearse Lyons passes away
Alltech has announced the passing of its founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons.
Lyons died on Thursday, March 8, due to an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery. He was 73.
“The thoughts of our entire Alltech family around the world are with Dr. Lyons’ family, specifically his wife Deirdre, daughter Aoife, son Mark and Mark’s wife Holly,” said Alric Blake, CEO and treasurer of Alltech.
“Dr. Lyons was a visionary entrepreneur who transformed the agriculture industry beginning with his innovative application of yeast technology in animal nutrition. From farm to field, from market to family dinner table, our world is immeasurably better because he was a man who never saw problems, only a challenge that had not yet been solved.
“He inspired everyone he met with his energy, enthusiasm and passionate belief in possibilities. He instilled that positivity in his people, more than 5,000 Alltech team members around the world. I am confident I speak on behalf of all of them when I say that we are deeply honored to have known and worked for such a great man. We will resolve to honor his legacy by deepening our commitment to his customers and all the innovative ideas he believed in so strongly,” he said.
Lyons was recently named amongst the wealthiest people in the country with a €3.5bn fortune, up €200m on 2017.
The brewing and biochemistry graduate started his career at Harp Lager in Dundalk, before using his scientific background to produce superior animal feeds.
In something of a journey 'back to the future' of where his working life began, he and his wife Deirdre - Alltech's head of corporate image and design - restored a 19th-century church on Dublin's James's Street to house the Pearse Lyons Distillery. The firm also brews a number of craft beers at its headquarters in Kentucky in the US.