Cross-border dairy co-op Lakeland Dairies has appointed ex-De Beers HR director Tadhg O’Halloran as head of group human resources as part of its strategic post-2015 growth plans.
He will lead the processing co-operative’s group HR function and support its business development strategy in line with organisational growth targets. He will also spearhead the co-op’s graduate programme, which targets specialist disciplines including those earmarked for growth following the abolition of EU quotas in 2015.
Mr O’Halloran said: “I look forward to working closely with the chief executive, my management colleagues and all staff to further strengthen the human resources and organisational capacity of Lakeland Dairies as it enters the expansionary new period of dairy industry growth which will create many positive new opportunities for the co-operative and its producers in the future.”
A highly experienced figure with extensive industry experience, Mr O’Halloran was formerly head of HR for Element Six, De Beers. His other personnel management roles include HR director for construction group LM Developments, Johnston Press Group plc and the Football Association of Ireland.
He held various senior management roles at Aer Lingus Group, including head of customer contact and relationship programmes, head of services and head of employee relations.
Most recently, he has provided HR and organisation management consultancy extensively in Ireland and abroad. He succeeds Tommy Duffy, who has retired following a lifelong career with Lakeland.
Lakeland chief executive, Michael Hanley said: “Tadhg has an excellent track record of leadership and experience in human resources and organisational management. I welcome him to the senior management team and look forward to his strong contribution to the success and development of Lakeland Dairies.”
Mr O’Halloran is a graduate of the Irish Management Institute and the Law Society of Ireland. A native of Cork, he lives in Kilcloon, Co Meath, and is married with four children.
Lakeland Dairies is Ireland’s second largest dairy processing co-operative, operating across 15 counties.
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