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ECR Ireland Leaders’ Congress Takes Place 23 September

By Steve Wynne-Jones
ECR Ireland Leaders’ Congress Takes Place 23 September

The second annual ECR Ireland Leaders’ Congress is set to take place on Wednesday, September 23 at the O’Reilly Hall at UCD in Dublin.

A must-attend event, the Leaders’ Congress’ will address the evolving opportunities and challenges facing the sector. Checkout has once again been named as the media partner for this year’s event.

Channel Focus

The bulk of the discussions will be split into four main sessions, covering different retail channels and hosted by retailers working within each channel.

Managing director of BWG Foods, Willie O’Byrne will lead the first session, on the Convenience channel, followed by a session on the Wholesale channel, headed up by Noel Keeley, managing director of Musgrave Wholesale Partners. Paul Candon, group corporate services director at Topaz Energy, will discuss the Forecourt channel, along with Sean Moriarty, retail director at Topaz Energy and Brian Donaldson, group general manager of The Maxol Group.


The last channel-specific session will focus on the Supermarket channel, and will be hosted by Tesco Ireland, with contributions from its category director, Joe Manning and head of e-commerce, Tadgh Dolly.

Each session will focus on how to succeed in the chosen channel, while also illustrating successful collaboration and innovation within that sector.

In addition, each presentation will feature discussion of a ‘Hot Topic’, chosen by the retailer host, that will examine a particularly pertinent point affecting the industry.

The day will also feature talks on both global and domestic consumer trends and insight, from both Matt Clark, commercial director at Nielsen Ireland and Isa Odesser, director of marketing and communications at The Consumer Goods Forum. Rounding it all up will be keynote speaker: broadcaster, businessman and former politician, Ivan Yates.

Major Gathering


The ECR Leaders Congress is one of the major annual conference gatherings for senior retailers, manufacturers and service providers to the retail industry, and is aimed predominantly at corporate level executives.

This year’s event is an opportunity for not only a first-class knowledge exchange, but also for networking and collaboration – which looks to become an essential part of sustainable growth for the retail sector going forward.

Delegates will also obtain a deeper understanding of current insights and consumer needs, as well as how contemporary ‘growth champions’ get things done.

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