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Minister Ryan announces appointment of new Chairperson of the Board of Shannon Group plc

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Mr. Eamon Ryan, T.D., Minister for Transport, today announced the appointment of Aaron Forde as the new Chairperson of Shannon Group plc. Mr. Forde is expected to formally take up the five-year appointment following his appearance before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications Networks.

Mr. Forde has a track record at a senior level with international leadership experience gained across Ireland and the UK. Mr. Forde was Chief Executive of Aurivo, a globally focused agri-business, for 16 years until he left the Company at the end of 2019.

Mr. Forde has previous board experience as Chairman of Ornua from 2013 to 2019, the Sligo Economic Forum, IBEC, Mid-west radio and the external advisory Board of Institute of Technology, Sligo. He also is a Non Executive Director with a number of private companies.

Minister Ryan said: 

‘I am pleased today to announce the appointment of Aaron Forde as Chairperson of Shannon Group plc. Aaron has a track record at a senior level in his role as CEO of Aurivo, one of the larger Co Operatives in the State, for 16 years. I am very pleased that he has accepted this appointment at what is a very challenging time, particularly for aviation, which is at the heart of Shannon Group’s business. I am confident that Aaron Forde will bring the right mix of skills and drive to this new role.”

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton added: 

“As someone from the West of Ireland, Aaron Forde has a deep understanding of the challenges and needs of the region, which he will bring to bear in his position as Chairperson of Shannon Group, a key strategic asset at both a regional and national level”.


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