Carbery Group has announced that Cormac O’Keeffe, current chairman of Lisavaird Co-op, will succeed TJ Sullivan as chairman of the company.
Cormac O’Keeffe, a dairy farmer from Courleigh, Clonakilty, first joined the Lisavaird board in 2006 and has held several roles.
He has also previously been Vice-Chairman of Shinagh Estates and a board member of Munster Bovine and the National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC).
O’Keeffe holds a Diploma in Environmental Science and Social Policy from UCC and is a member of the Carbery Greener Dairy Farms group.
O’Keeffe explained he is looking forward to taking on the role, “Being appointed chairperson of Carbery Group is a great honour. The company is essential to the farmers of West Cork and we are also now a significant global business."
"I am excited about working with my fellow board members and the management team as we continue to focus on growing the business and securing a stable future for the farmers of West Cork and the 900 Carbery employees worldwide,” he said.
TJ Sullivan To Step Down
TJ Sullivan will step down from the Carbery Board.
O’Keeffe also recognised the work of outgoing Chair TJ Sullivan, stating, “TJ has had a more challenging term than anyone could have imagined in dealing with the sudden arrival of COVID and all that managing that situation has entailed."
Despite the circumstances, under his tenure we acquired Innova Flavors in the US and successfully completed our €78 million Cheese Diversification Project and expansion. On behalf of the Board and the shareholders, I thank him sincerely for his work during his term and wish him all the best,” O’Keeffe added.
In addition to the recent appointment, the West Cork based international ingredients, flavours and award-winning cheese producer, announced that Dermot O’Leary, chairman of Bandon Co-op, has been appointed Vice-Chair of the organisation.