Dairy Cooperative Ornua Names New Independent Non-Executive Directors

By Steve Wynne-Jones
Dairy Cooperative Ornua Names New Independent Non-Executive Directors

Dairy cooperative Ornua has announced the appointment of Anne McFarland and Anne O’Leary as Independent non-executive directors at the business.

McFarland (pictured), a chartered accountant with more than 40 years experience in finance, international business, and governance, most recently worked as an independent director at Botswana Diamonds, as well as holding senior financial positions at Glencore and Segezha Packaging. She currently runs her own finance and governance consultancy.

O'Leary is a chartered certified accountant with over 40 years experience, and most recently worked as a senior audit partner with Ernst & Young, as well as previously working at an Irish dairy processing company for more than ten years.

'Important Step'

"The appointment of Anne McFarland and Anne O’Leary represents an important step in the strengthening of Ornua’s board, deepening our expertise and enhancing our international perspective as we face the continuing challenges of operating in a complex global trading environment," commented John Jordan, chief executive of Ornua Co-operative.

"I would like to warmly welcome them and personally look forward to strengthening the diversity of thought around the Boardroom table as we look to build on the trajectory of growth Ornua has experienced in recent years working with our member Co-ops and the farmers of Ireland."


Ornua is a leading exporter of Irish dairy products worldwide, with revenues of €2.3 billion, and owns the iconic Kerrygold brand.

The company said that the appointment of two non-executive directors represents the 'final step' in the implementation of its new governance structure.

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