New Chairman Elected to the Irish Dairy Board

June 12, 2013

Following the resignation of Vincent Buckley as Chairman, the Irish Dairy Board Co-operative Society ("IDB") is pleased to announce the appointment of Aaron Forde as the new IDB Chairman.

Aaron Forde, a Cavan native, has been CEO of Aurivo Co-operative Society (formerly Connacht Gold Co-op) since 2003. Prior to joining Aurivo, Aaron was the Managing Director of Adams Foods Ingredients, an IDB UK subsidiary. He joined the IDB Board in 2004.

Kevin Kiersey has been elected Vice Chairman of the IDB, succeeding Jackie Cahill. Kevin is Chairman of the IFA National Dairy Committee. He joined the IDB Board in 2010.

Commenting on the announcement, Kevin Lane, CEO, IDB congratulated both Aaron Forde and Kevin Kiersey on their appointments and thanked Vincent Buckley and Jackie Cahill for their sincere commitment to the Board during their tenures as Chairman and Vice Chairman. ‘On behalf of the Group I would like to thank Vincent for his tremendous contribution and commitment to the Board. He has played an instrumental role in supporting our business transformation strategy as we position the Group to capitalise on the growth opportunities the post quota environment will bring. We wish him health and happiness for the future’, he said.

ENDS 12 June 2013

For further information please contact

Jeanne Kelly 01 661 9599 / 087 122 3669

IDB Corporate Communications Manager

Note to the Editor

The IDB is Ireland’s largest exporter of premium dairy products and a leading international food company with a global footprint that extends to over 90 countries.

The IDB has annualised sales of over €2 billion. Headquartered in Dublin, the business employs some 3,100 people globally. Over the past 50 years, the IDB has established vital routes to market for Irish dairy produce.

The IDB owns the internationally renowned Kerrygold brand – the Irish dairy industry’s most important marketing asset – along with other brands including Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice and Beo. The IDB’s food ingredients arm develops bespoke food ingredient solutions for many of the world’s major food manufacturing corporations.

A co-operative enterprise, the IDB is owned by Irish dairy processing co-operatives and dairy companies and, through them, by Irish dairy farmers. The IDB’s business is structured on three core platforms; Consumer Foods, Dairy Trading and Ingredients and DPI, a specialty food distribution company in the USA.

Group subsidiaries in the UK, mainland Europe and the US pack, distribute and market a wide selection of branded products, dairy ingredients, specialty grocery, delicatessen and gourmet food items of both Irish and non-Irish origin.