Deirdre O’Neill Managing Director, Compass Group Ireland

Deirdre O’Neill – better known as Dee by her team – first joined the Compass Ireland family in 2016, leaning on 15 years of experience in the Food & Retail sector to head up the Marketing Department. Her fresh take on transforming the image of food service earnt the plaudits of colleagues and industry professionals alike, securing her ascent into the role of Managing Director.

Since 2016, Dee has consistently translated her visionary ideas into reality, cementing Compass Ireland’s status as the nation’s most celebrated food service specialist through a series of pioneering pivots, initiatives and acquisitions.

Dee’s conviction for challenging convention finds parallel with her passion for empowering women, proudly cultivating a culture where women can thrive and make their mark. This is evident in her executive team, where female representation now exceeds 70%. Dee leads a community of over 1500 people, working within 130 locations from Cork to Donegal, responsible for producing 45,000 meals a day to fuel the nation’s leading businesses and institutions.

“Love your job.  Embrace the journey, more than the destination. Strive to do what you love, keep learning every day, and success will follow.” Dee O’Neill