John was appointed Chief Executive of Ornua in June 2018. Prior to this, he held a number of senior executive positions during his 25-year career with Ornua including CEO of Ornua Foods – Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia, with responsibility for developing long term strategies to grow Ornua’s consumer sales portfolios in these regions, and CEO of DPI Speciality Foods, a division of Ornua and the third largest speciality food distributor in the US. Prior to this, he held a variety of senior commercial roles within the organisation in Dublin and within international subsidiaries.
John holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin, a M.Sc. in Environmental Resource Management from University College Dublin and a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Dublin City University.
Group Finance Director
Donal Buggy was appointed Group Finance Director of Ornua in December 2012 and is responsible for Group financial reporting, treasury management, taxation and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Ornua, Donal held the position of Group Chief Financial Officer, Independent News & Media PLC (INM). He joined INM as Group Financial Controller in 1996 and in 2002 he was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer, joining the Group’s Board and Executive Committee. He also served as a Non-Executive Director of APN News & Media Ltd. and a number of other group companies in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Donal was previously audit manager with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Dublin. A chartered accountant by profession, Donal holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.
Managing Director of Dairy Trading & Ingredients Division
Joe was appointed Managing Director of the Dairy Trading & Ingredients division of Ornua in 2008. He is responsible for dairy purchases, product quality and sales into the food ingredient sector including Ornua ingredient subsidiary operations in the UK and US. Joe joined Ornua in 1986 and has held a number of senior positions including Commercial Director and Cheese Director. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.
CEO Ornua Ingredients Europe
Bernard was appointed CEO Ornua Ingredients Europe in 2011 and is responsible for trading, key account and value-added ingredient sales of member product, as well as the procurement of product for branded sales. Bernard joined Ornua in 1998 and has held a number of senior positions within the business, including Procurement Manager and Cheese Business Manager. He holds a degree in Business Studies from Dublin City University, a Diploma in Management from the Irish Management Institute and has completed the Enterprise Ireland Leadership for Growth programme in the International Institute for Management Development in IMD, Switzerland.
Group Human Resources Director
Majella was appointed Group Human Resources Director of Ornua in January 2016. Majella is responsible for developing a HR strategy which will support Ornua’s ambitious growth plans, vital to this is the development and enhancement of the Group’s most important asset; its people. Majella has a wealth of international experience from over 25 years working with global food manufacturers and retail companies. Prior to joining Ornua, Majella was HR Director with responsibility for Europe & Asia Pacific with Aryzta, with whom she worked for ten years. Prior to this, Majella held senior roles with Superquinn, Dunnes Stores, Clerys, Tesco and Sainsburys.
CEO Ornua Foods Americas & Global Marketing Director
Róisín was appointed CEO of Ornua Foods Americas & Global Marketing Director in April 2017. As CEO of Ornua Foods Americas, Róisín is responsible for the strategic growth and commercial development of Ornua’s branded portfolio in North and Latin America. As Global Marketing Director she has responsibility for the Group’s brand portfolio, as well as Innovation, Insights and Communications. Having originally joined Ornua Cooperative in Dublin, Ireland, Róisín later moved to the US and was responsible for the strategic marketing and launch of Kerrygold Butter and Dubliner Cheese there. Roisin earned her primary degree at University College Dublin, holds a Diploma in International Trade from the Dublin Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Executive Scholars programme at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Illinois.
Managing Director Ornua Deutschland GmBH
Gisbert was appointed Managing Director of Ornua Deutschland in 2004 and is responsible for the development of Ornua’s long term strategy to grow the Kerrygold portfolio in Germany. Gisbert began his career in the dairy industry with the cooperative Südmilch AG and has since held a number of senior executive positions in a range of FMCG companies including UVEX Winter Optical, Fisher Price Toys GmbH and Fresh Fruit Juice Manufacturing GmbH. In 1989 he returned to the dairy industry and took up the position of Managing Director of Goldsteig GmbH, Tuffi Campina GmbH. Gisbert has a Diplom-Kaufmann in Economics from the University of Stuttgart.
Chairman of the Personnel & Remuneration Committee
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chair of the Audit Committee