Bord Bia, the governmental agency responsible for the global promotion of the food, drink and horticulture industry, has announced that its chief executive officer, Tara McCarthy, is to step down from her role later this year.
McCarthy will take up a new position in the private sector in June 2022.
Dan Mac Sweeney, the chairman of Bord Bia, paid tribute to McCarthy, saying, “Tara has made a significant contribution to Bord Bia, and the organisation is in a very good place due to her leadership, energy and drive over the last five years.
“The search for a successor to Tara begins immediately, and, in the interim, I have full confidence in the leadership team in Bord Bia to continue to successfully execute our new and exciting strategy.”
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, noted that McCarthy has guided the organisation and supported the industry through many challenges, including the impacts of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Tara has nurtured top talent, as well as building Ireland’s voice in thought leadership on sustainability, with benefits for the sector as a whole,” McConalogue said.
“Tara has focused on developing new markets while building on existing ones, to the benefit of our world-class primary producers, farm families, and fishers.”
McCarthy herself said, “I am very grateful for the wonderful privilege I have had to lead Bord Bia. It is an exciting and thought-provoking organisation, with a powerful and inspiring mission.
“The wider agri-food industry faces many challenges, but – thanks to the amazing people that work in and with the industry – it continues to thrive.”
McCarthy outlined that she will continue to play her full part in Bord Bia until her departure, to ensure an orderly transition.
“I will work in partnership with the board as they begin the recruitment process for my successor,” she concluded.