New ICOS chief executive brings wealth of international experience

THE Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) has appointed Tom O’Callaghan as chief executive.

Currently based in Germany and taking up his new role in February, he brings 15 years of experience, gained with Irish and multinational firms across a range of industry sectors, to the role.

In Ireland, he has worked with Kerry Ingredients, Kerry Foods, Kildare Chilling and Glanbia. He spent five years with Glanbia Foods USA in its Idaho cheese and powder operations.

In 2005, he joined Pavilion Technologies (later acquired by Rockwell Automation), one of the world’s leading dairy processing performance optimisation companies. Based in Hamilton, New Zealand, he led process optimisation projects for Fonterra.

O’Callaghan hails from Moyvane, Co Kerry, where his father is a veterinary surgeon and his family farms a suckler herd. He has a BSc in Food Technology (UL).

Tom O’Callaghan said: “I am very pleased to take on this important and challenging responsibility at a crucial time for Ireland’s economy. The co-op sector has a key role to play in Ireland’s future success and competitiveness in domestic, European and international markets.

“I look forward to working with all of our members and other leadership groups to contribute to the continuing growth and development of the agriculture and food industry and co-operative enterprise in Ireland.”

ICOS president Pat McLoughlin said: “Tom O’Callaghan’s strong understanding of issues in the dairy and food processing sector will benefit our members as they seek to boost Ireland’s competitiveness and performance in Europe and worldwide.”

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