Saturday 18 November 2017

Former Fyffes CEO, chair and spearhead Neil McCann dies

Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

The former Fyffes chairman and chief executive Neil McCann (above) has died.

Mr McCann, who spent more than five decades with the company before he retired as chairman in 2005, was instrumental in building Fyffes into the dominant player in the fresh-produce market in Ireland and beyond.

In a statement, the company, which is now headed by his son David, paid tribute to Mr McCann, calling him the "driving force" behind the company.

"He spearheaded its growth through more than five decades, expanding it into the major international group that it is today.

"He enjoyed huge respect in the industry and will be sorely missed by all who knew him for his extraordinary vision and leadership, his passion for the business and his generosity and fairness to all," it said.

Mr McCann's sons have had prominent roles in business. David succeeded his brother Carl as Fyffes chairman when the latter became chairman of Fyffes spin-off Total Produce. Another son, Chris, heads up the specialist insurance company XS Direct.

Mr McCann is survived by his wife Mary and six children.

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