Monday 16 September 2019

Wild Atlantic Way marketing guru heads west to NUI Galway role

John Concannon: Appointed to new role in development at NUI Galway. Photo; Gerry Money
John Concannon: Appointed to new role in development at NUI Galway. Photo; Gerry Money

The marketing guru behind the Wild Atlantic Way is heading back to Galway.

John Concannon has been appointed to a new role of Vice-President: Development of NUI Galway.

Mr Concannon has worked on The Gathering and the 1916 commemorations, along with various tourism initiatives.

In recent years, he has worked as head of the Government's Strategic Communication Unit and is currently Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in the role of Director General of 'Global Ireland', the plan to double Ireland's international footprint by 2025, which includes the campaign to win a seat on the UN Security Council.

Mr Concannon is a widely respected businessman who was tasked with leading the Government's strategy on the Easter Rising commemorations, Ireland 2016, followed by 'Creative Ireland', the initiative aimed at giving more access to young people in the areas of music, drama, art and coding.

Previously, he was Director of Market Development for Fáilte Ireland, where he drove the 'Discover Ireland' Programme, The Gathering and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Mr Concannon has also worked in the private sector in management roles in Unilever and returned to Galway as CEO of Ireland West Tourism in 2004. He has served as chairman of Cope Galway and of the Galway Age Friendly Initiative and is currently a Board Member of Connacht Rugby.

From Galway, he is a graduate of NUI Galway.

Irish Independent

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