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Repak Announces Zoё Kavanagh As New Chief Executive

By Sarah O'Sullivan
Repak Announces Zoё Kavanagh As New Chief Executive

Repak has announced the appointment of Zoё Kavanagh as its new chief executive officer, beginning on 1 May.

Kavanagh will be taking over from Séamus Clancy, who is retiring after a decade in the role.

Kavanagh joins Repak with almost 30 years of experience in domestic and international markets within the dairy and FMCG sectors.

Extensive Background

A distinguished leader, Kavanagh joins the company following 13 years as chief executive of the National Dairy Council.

Prior to this, she spent 16 years at PepsiCo, working across numerous briefs and gaining insights into the FMCG sector.


She concluded her tenure as general manager for Ireland Beverages in 2010.

Kavanagh’s extensive background in advocacy, strategy and stakeholder investment, combined with a passion for driving growth and sustainability, aligns with Repak’s strategic objectives to enhance recycling rates and support Ireland’s transition to a circular economy.

Her appointment marks a significant milestone in Repak’s history, promising to build upon its legacy of sustainability and environmental advocacy.

‘The Perfect Candidate’

Speaking about Kavanagh’s appointment, the chairman of Repak, Tom Shipsey, said, “Zoё’s leadership qualities, her outstanding track record in the environmental and FMCG sectors, and her vision for a sustainable future make her the perfect candidate to lead Repak into its next chapter.

“Under Séamus Clancy’s leadership, Repak has achieved remarkable milestones, including significant investments in recycling and recovery initiatives.


“We are confident that Zoё will continue this legacy, driving forward our mission to reduce packaging waste and promote recycling across Ireland.”

Kavanagh said of the announcement, “I am delighted to join Repak and continue the important work this organisation has done in transforming Ireland’s recycling landscape.

“The achievements of Repak, under the leadership of Séamus Clancy and the dedication of its members, have set a high standard.”

She concluded, “I look forward to building on this foundation, working alongside our members, stakeholders, and the community to further our impact and contribute to a more sustainable future.”

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