Glanbia manager to got it alone with communications business

Having spent 37 years with dairy group Glanbia in Kilkenny, Kieran O’Connor has decided to set up his own communications business.

Today is day one for Mr O’Connor, who will maintain an ongoing consultancy relationship with Glanbia, where he was sponsorship and communications manager. His company, O’Connor Communications, will be based in Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

A Glanbia spokesperson said: “We will be availing of Kieran’s extensive sponsorship, media and event management experience going forward. We are also pleased that Kieran will continue to produce and present the weekly Farm View programme on WLR (which is sponsored by Glanbia).

“During his time in Glanbia Kieran has been a valued member of the Glanbia Corporate Communications team, building and developing many strong relationships across the group, as well as in particular in the agri and sports sectors externally.”

Mr O’Connor originally joined Waterford Co-op in the mid-’70s, and transferred to Glanbia at the formation of the company in 2007 upon its merger with Avonmore Waterford. Along with farming, he has a lifelong passion for sport, notably GAA, rugby and horse racing. Through Glanbia, he has had regular involvement with Kilkenny hurling and Waterford GAA.

Meanwhile, Glanbia has appointed Jeremiah Doheny, a full-time farmer in Co Kilkenny, as a non-executive director. He was nominated by Glanbia Co-operative Society. James Gannon is retiring from his role as a non-executive director of the company.

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