Monday 22 July 2019

Topaz appoints Emmet O’Neill as new chief executive

Topaz. Emmet O'Neill. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
Topaz. Emmet O'Neill. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014

Petrol station and retail chain Topaz has named Emmet O’Neill as chief executive designate as the company plans to expand.

“We aim to build a world class retail and fuel business and to expand our operations significantly over the coming years,” Mr O’Neill said.

He will take over from Sean Corkery on February 1.

The 35-year-old O’Neill founded Smiles Dental nine years ago and created a business with 78 branches in the UK and Ireland. He sold the Smiles Dental business earlier this year. 

Prior to Smiles, he worked in aircraft finance.

In March of this year he was appointed to the Board of Topaz and he has led a number of projects at the company in recent months.

Speaking today, the Chairman of Topaz, John Callaghan, described Emmet as “visionary and passionate.” 

He said; “Emmet is one of the outstanding young entrepreneurs in Ireland and we are very much looking forward to his leadership and his exciting plans for the business.”

Mr O’Neill said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking up this role at Topaz and to working with a great team of employees and business partners across the country.  We aim to build a world class retail and fuel business and to expand our operations significantly over the coming years.  Everybody connected with the Topaz business has been incredibly welcoming and I know they all share our ambition for the business.”   

The company has an annual turnover of €3bn and processes one million transactions every month. It employs 1,600 people.

 

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