Corkman becomes first recipient of ASA Novus award

A Corkman residing in Kerry has been selected as overall winner of the inaugural Agricultural Science Association Novus award.

Roy Geary, a senior executive with multinational animal health company Zoetis, is a native of Togher and lives in Ballymacelligott.

The award, sponsored by Kerry Group, recognises outstanding leadership among graduates working in the Irish agri-food sector.

Roy, who is general manager for the Nordic Region and Ireland with Zoetis, was one of five finalists selected from a field of almost 40 high-calibre applicants from across the entire spectrum of the agri-food sector.

He was presented with the 2015 Novus Award by Frank Hayes, director of corporate affairs Kerry Group, at the ASA conference banquet which was attended by 600 leading agri-food industry executives in the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny.

As winner of the 2015 award, valued at €10,000, Roy will represent ASA and the Irish agri-food industry at the Harvard Business School Agribusiness seminar.

It will take place over four days in Boston next January, attended by leading executives from the global agriculture and food sector.

Mr Geary is a graduate in agricultural science from UCD and holds an MBA from UCC. He started his career in the AI and farm services division of Dairygold.

Since joining Zoetis in 2003, he has held senior positions including business development and country manager before taking up his current role in 2014.

He is also chairman of the animal health division of the Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA), the body for manufacturers and distributors of animal medicines.

ASA president Eoin Lowry said the overall quality of applications demonstrates the outstanding calibre of professionals within the agri-food sector.

The other finalists were: Dr Anne Finnegan, AIB; Páidí Kelly, PhD student Teagasc Moorepark; Dr Stan Lalor, Grassland AGRO and Dr Karina Pierce, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science.

The final judging panel were: Albert McQuaid, chief technology officer Kerry Group; Prof Paul Ross, head of the UCC School of Science, Engineering and Food Science; Tara McCarthy, director of the Food and Beverage Division Bord Bia (CEO, BIM since September 2015); and Liam Myles, former Teagasc education specialist, who was chairman.


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