Aaron Forde, the chief executive of Aurivo Co-op (formerly Connacht Gold), has been appointed chairman of the Irish Dairy Board.
Forde has been CEO of Aurivo since 2003. Prior to joining Aurivo, he was the Managing Director of Adams Foods Ingredients, an IDB UK subsidiary. He joined the IDB Board in 2004.
In addition, Kevin Kiersey has been elected Vice Chairman of the IDB, succeeding Jackie Cahill. Kevin is Chairman of the IFA National Dairy Committee.
Commenting on the announcement, Kevin Lane, CEO, IDB congratulated both Aaron Forde and Kevin Kiersey on their appointments and thanked Vincent Buckley and Jackie Cahill for their sincere commitment to the Board during their tenures as Chairman and Vice Chairman.
"On behalf of the Group I would like to thank Vincent for his tremendous contribution and commitment to the Board," he said. "He has played an instrumental role in supporting our business transformation strategy as we position the Group to capitalise on the growth opportunities the post quota environment will bring. We wish him health and happiness for the future."