ABP Food Group Announces Changes To Its Board

By Donna Ahern
ABP Food Group Announces Changes To Its Board

ABP Food Group has announced a number of changes to its Board.

Firstly, the meat processor has appointed two further directors to its Board, Finbarr McDonnell and Mark Goodman, who are both currently executives in the group.

Finbarr McDonnell

Finbarr McDonnell joined the group in the 1970’s.

McDonnell has worked in the Irish Meat Division including plant general manager, managing director of ABP Ireland and Poland and since 2017 as group chief operations Officer of ABP Food Group.


Mark Goodman

Mark Goodman joins the Board having begun his career with ABP after graduation.

Over 15 years Goodman has worked at various ABP Ireland plants.

Since 2011 he has held the role of managing director of ABP International, the international trading wing of the Group.

The new appointments will join existing and continuing Board members Larry Goodman who remains in his role as executive chairman and Frank Stephenson, group chief executive.


Commenting on the announcement Larry Goodman said: “These new appointments to the Board of ABP Food Group will enhance Board capacity and capability and will facilitate the ongoing development and strategic leadership of the business.”

New Non-Executive Directors

The privately owned company has also announced the appointment of three new non-executive directors to its Board.

John Moloney, Tom Kirwan and Fergal O’Dwyer will succeed retiring Board members Ron Bolger, Laurence P. Goodman, John Jackson and Philip Morgan.

John Moloney


John Moloney joins the Board as director and chairman designate.

Moloney is currently a non-executive director of DCC plc, where he is chairman, and of Smurfit Kappa Group plc.

He has also served up to January of this year a seven-year term as a non-executive director of Greencore plc.

Moloney was group managing director of Glanbia plc from 2001 to 2013 having held senior management positions within that organization, including chief executive of Food Ingredients and of Agribusiness.

Earlier in his career he worked in the meat industry and in the Dept of Agriculture and Food.


Tom Kirwan

Tom Kirwan who began his career at ABP Cahir in 1982 joins the Board having stepped down from his position as ABP UK managing director last October.

In 1990 he moved to ABP UK where he held a number of senior positions, in Wessex Foods, the Convenience Division and as managing director ABP UK since 2009.

Fergal O’Dwyer

Chartered accountant, Fergal O’Dwyer, chief financial officer of DCC plc also joins the Board.

O’Dwyer is stepping down from his executive role in July 2020, a position he has held since 1994.

Through his tenure at DCC, a diversified sales, marketing and distribution business, Fergal has gained significant experience in financial management, treasury, strategic and corporate development and acquisitions.

Prior to joining DCC he worked with KPMG and PwC in audit and corporate finance.

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