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Profile: Stuart Fogarty

THE son of AFA founder Aubrey Fogarty, Stuart took control of his family business in 1961.

He went on to merge AFA with rival O'Meara in 2005, creating the AFA O'Meara group. With a 75pc stake in the enlarged company, Mr Fogarty occupied the managing director's chair until the end of 2005, before passing the mantel to a colleague.

At the time he said he was tired of the administrative work involved in running a company and wanted to become a director so he could return to client work.

Mr Fogarty's next big move came in February, when he unveiled plans to merge AFA O'Meara with ad giant McConnells.

The newly-enlarged company operates largely under the McConnells name and is the single-largest agency in Ireland with a staff of 125 and a turnover of more than €90m.

Mr Fogarty is understood to retain a substantial shareholding in the new company and works for it as a brand consultant.

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