Monday 20 November 2017

Brian Enright

ROISIN BURKE

BRIAN Enright's father Michael built a Galway haulage firm into Walsh Western International, a transport business with tech giants like Apple, Dell and Intel among its clients.

It sold more than half its contracts for €50m to Excel in 1998. Brian became CEO of this new, leaner enterprise in 2000, and began to take the business to the next level.

Soon Walsh Western had bases in Britain and the Benelux countries and added Sony, Samsung, Philips, Dixons and PC World to its client list. It was competing with the likes of international operator DHL.

Accounts for 2004 show sales reached €107.97m -- double the 1999 figure. In 2007 the group saw off a dozen competitors to buy US player TDS Logistics for $400m.

The merger of TDS and Walsh Western became Syncreon. Mr Enright became its CEO and president. The group moved its headquarters from Dublin to Auburn Hills, Michigan, north of Detroit in 2008.

Syncreon is now an international logistics operation with bases in 18 countries, 10,000 employees and $800m in revenues, serving the automotive, healthcare, telecom, technology and retail sectors.

It is owned by Mr Enright and his father. US private equity firm GenNx360 Capital Partners has a stake of about 33 per cent since 2008. In December Syncreon bought NAL Worldwide for $35m.

Mr Enright is married to Natasha, with two children. They live in Birmingham, Michigan, but keep a home in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

The Limerick native is an avid Munster rugby fan, but has also developed a passion for local ice hockey team, the Detroit Red Wings.

He attended Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick, Rockwell College, Co Tipperary, and has a BA and Masters in IT from NUI, Galway.

Sunday Independent

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