Board of Directors
Brian Stewart (70) was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Group and as a member of the Nomination Committee in March 2010. He was appointed as Chairman of the Group in August 2010. He is a former Chairman of Standard Life plc and of Miller Group plc and a former chairman and former chief executive of Scottish & Newcastle plc.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Glancey (54) was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Prior to that, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer in November 2008 and Group Finance Director in May 2009. A chartered accountant, he is a former group operations director of Scottish & Newcastle plc.
Group Finance Director
Kenny Neison (45) was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2012. He joined the Group in November 2008 and was appointed to the Board as Group Strategy Director and Head of Investor Relations in November 2009. Qualified as a chartered accountant, he previously held a number of senior financial positions in Scottish & Newcastle plc, including UK Finance Director and Finance Director for Western Europe.
Managing Director, International division
Joris Brams (46) was appointed as Managing Director of the Group’s International division in 2012 and was appointed to the Board in October 2012. He was previously Group Operations Director at Puratos Group, a Belgian company supplying the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors in more than 100 countries. He previously served as Group Technical and Development Director at Scottish & Newcastle plc and, prior to that, he held a number of commercial roles at Alken-Maes Breweries. He brings significant experience of international transactions as well as having production, supply-chain management and procurement expertise.
Emer Finnan (46) was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in May 2014 and joined the Audit Committee in June 2014. She is a Partner and Senior Managing Director of Kildare Partners, a private equity firm based in London and Dublin, where she is responsible for investment origination. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, she worked in investment banking at Citibank and ABN AMRO in London and then NCB Stockbrokers in Dublin. In 2005 she joined EBS Building Society in Ireland, becoming its Finance Director in early 2010. In September 2012, Ms Finnan re-joined NCB Stockbrokers to lead a financial services team in Ireland. She joined Kildare Partners in 2013. Ms Finnan is currently a Non-Executive Director of Dublin Port Company. She brings considerable financial expertise to the Board.
John Hogan (75) was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company and a member of the Audit Committee in April 2004. He was the managing partner of Ernst & Young in Ireland between 1994 and 2000 and was a member of its global board. He is currently a non-executive director of Prudential International Assurance plc, and other private companies. John Hogan has over 40 years of financial experience. The Board has determined that John Hogan is the financial expert on the Audit Committee.
Stewart Gilliland (58) was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company and a member of the Remuneration Committee in April 2012. From 2006 to 2010 he was Chief Executive Officer of Müller Dairy (UK) Ltd. Prior to that, he held positions at Whitbread Beer Company and at Interbrew SA in markets including the UK and Ireland, Europe and Canada. He is currently a non-executive Director of Booker Group plc, Vianet Group PLC, Tulip Limited, Natures Way Foods Limited, Mitchells & Butlers and Sutton & East Surrey Water Plc. He brings significant experience of the long alcohol drinks sector in international markets.
Richard Holroyd (68) was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in 2004 and is a member of the Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee. He was previously the managing director of Colman’s of Norwich and head of the global marketing futures department of Shell International. He has served as non-executive Director of several companies in the UK and continental Europe and was a member of the UK Competition Commission from September 2001 to April 2010. Richard Holroyd has many years’ experience in the fast moving consumer goods sector.
Breege O’Donoghue (71) was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in 2004. She was appointed the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in December 2012 and is a member of the Nomination Committee. She is an executive director of Penneys/Primark. She is Chair of the Labour Relations Commission, a member of the Outside Appointments Board of the Code of Standards and Behaviour for the Civil Service, a trustee of IBEC, and was previously a Director of An Post and Aer Rianta. Breege has many years’ experience in the Irish and international retail sector.
Anthony Smurfit (51) was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company and a member of the Audit Committee in April 2012. Anthony has been President and Chief Operations Officer of Smurfit Kappa Group since 2002 and will assume the role of Group Chief Executive Officer of SKG in September 2015. He previously held the role of Chief Executive of Smurfit France and then Smurfit Europe and has worked in a number of divisions in SKG both in Europe and the United States. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration for his contribution to business. He was awarded the Légion d’Honneur to recognise his work in France. Anthony has long-standing experience in global markets, managing an extensive portfolio of international operations serving a world-wide customer base.
* Non-Executive Director