Bord Bia has appointed Deirdre Ryan to the role of Director of the Origin Green & Quality Assurance programmes.
In her new role Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia, said that Ryan will lead the Origin Green programme towards driving further sustainability improvements in the groups food production in line with its three-year strategy 2019-2021, "by collaborating with the 51,000 farmers and over 320 food manufacturers, foodservice operators and retailers in Ireland that are verified members of Origin Green."
Prior to her appointment, Ryan was head of corporate social responsibility for Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland, where she led the development and implementation of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s sustainability strategy.
From 2013 to 2015, as part of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Ambassador programme, Ryan was responsible for building trade awareness globally for the sustainability credentials of Irish food and drink producers.
Ryan has also held positions with leading dairy exporter Ornua, Nestlé Switzerland, and Metro Group, the world’s fourth largest retail group.
Deirdre holds an MSc in Business Sustainability, an MBS in International Business from UCD Smurfit Graduate School, and a degree in International Commerce with Italian from University College Dublin.
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