Diageo names new MD for Ireland

1st April, 2021 by Nicola Carruthers

Johnnie Walker owner Diageo has appointed Barry O’Sullivan as managing director for Ireland following the departure of Oliver Loomes.

Oliver Loomes

Oliver Loomes will leave Diageo at the end of June 2021

Loomes will step down from the role at the end of June as he looks to start the next chapter in his career.

O’Sullivan will join Diageo Ireland on 19 April as part of a transition period ahead of Loomes’ exit.

In his new position, O’Sullivan will report to John Kennedy, Diageo’s president of Europe and India.

Loomes served as country director and then managing director for Diageo Ireland since 2015.

Prior to the managing director role, Loomes was global brand director for Diageo-owned Guinness from to 2011 to 2014.

Kennedy said: “On behalf of Diageo, I would like to thank Ollie for the significant contribution he has made to Diageo and for the legacy that he leaves behind, not just in Ireland but in many countries around the world.

“He has made a substantial impact on the business, both on a professional and a personal level, and I wish him all the best for the future.”

O’Sullivan will join Diageo after serving as managing director for Mars Petcare in Australia and New Zealand. He previously held the positions of general manager for Mars Chocolate, based in Mexico, and general manager for Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Mars.

Kennedy added: “I would also like to congratulate Barry on his appointment and welcome him to the Ireland business in his new role. I am excited about the experience that Barry brings to the role and look forward to what he will achieve for Ireland.”

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