Tara McCarthy Appointed CEO of Bord Bia

27th October 2016

Posted In: So In Demand

Michael Carey, Chairman of Bord Bia, has announced the appointment of Tara McCarthy as Chief Executive of Bord Bia. Ms McCarthy will succeed current Chief Executive, Aidan Cotter, who will retire in January 2017.

Tara, who was appointed following a rigorous and competitive process overseen by the Board of Bord Bia, is Chief Executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), since September, 2015.

Prior to this, she worked with Bord Bia for over 20 years, holding a number of senior positions, including Senior Manager, Consumer Foods Division (2001 – 2011), and Director, Food and Beverage Division (2011 – 2015). She holds a B.Comm from University College Galway and a Masters of Business Studies from UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

On her appointment, she said: “It is an honour to be asked to lead Bord Bia during what is a very exciting time for the Irish food and drink industry. Our total exports target of €19 billion, as set out by FoodWise 2025, is ambitious, yet achievable, and I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders, including farmers, food manufacturers and producers in order to reach that goal. I want to pay tribute to my predecessor, Aidan Cotter, and I hope to build upon his outstanding work over the coming years.”