The Board & Executive

The Board

 

Christoph Mueller

Chairman ‑ 2, 3
Appointed 5 June 2013



Mr Mueller has recently been appointed as a non‑executive Director of Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) and CEO‑designate of Malaysia Airlines NewCo, which will be operational by July this year. He is a shareholder representative of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the national treasury agency and strategic investment fund of Malaysia. He was Chief Executive Officer of Aer Lingus from September 2009 until February 2015. He previously held senior executive positions in a number of companies including TUI Travel plc (a FTSE 100 company), Daimler Benz Aerospace and Lufthansa AG. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of DHL Worldwide from 2002 to 2004 and became a member of the Executive Committee of Deutsche Post AG in 2004 after the acquisition of DHL by Deutsche Post AG. He is a member of the Board of Tourism Ireland. He has an MBA from the University of Cologne and he also completed an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

   
Noel Adamson

Employee Director
Appointed 1 November 2012

Mr Adamson joined the Post Office in 1981 as a Postman in the Central Sorting Office in Dublin’s Sheriff Street. He has been employed as a Postperson in Fairview Delivery Services Unit 3 for the last 20 years. Throughout his employment he has been an active member of the Communications Workers’ Union. He is a former chairman of the Union’s Standing Orders Committee and currently holds the positions of Assistant Secretary and Health & Safety Officer with the Dublin Postal Delivery Branch.

Patrick Compton

Employee Director ‑ 4
Appointed 1 November 2012; Sixth term

Mr Compton has worked in the postal service for the past 42 years and his current position is that of Partnership Co‑ordinator. He was a member of the National Executive of the Communications Workers’ Union for 22 years and its President in 1985. He was also a Director of The Prize Bond Company Limited for many years. A former member of Roscommon Leader and County Development Boards, he is active in community development in his local area and he is the current County Roscommon GAA Coaching & Games Development Officer.

   
Donal Connell, C.Eng., F.I.E.I., B.E. 

Director - 2, 3
Appointed on 14 August 2006

Mr Connell was appointed as Chief Executive on 14 August 2006. He began his career in the Department of Posts and Telegraphs and has held senior management positions in Unitrode Corporation, 3Com Corporation and Maxtor Ireland where he was General Manager prior to joining An Post. He is a non‑executive Director of Xilinx Corporation’s European Board and is a Director of Premier Lotteries Ireland Limited.

Thomas Devlin


Employee Director
Appointed 1 November 2012; Third Term

Mr Devlin began his career in the Post Office in 1976 when he joined the Department of Posts and Telegraphs as a Junior Postman working as a messenger in the Minister’s Office. He is currently employed as a Delivery Service Manager in Swords/Malahide Delivery Service Unit, Co. Dublin. An active member of the Communications Workers’ Union, he served on the National Executive for two years and is currently Chairman of the Dublin Mail Managers Branch.


 
Paul Henry A.C.A., M. Accounting, B.A. (Bus & Econ)

Director - 1
Appointed 15 September 2011

Mr Henry, a Chartered Accountant, has worked with Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) since 2008. Currently he is Finance Manager (Ireland) with Aer Rianta International, DAA’s international retail subsidiary, having previously held positions in Internal Audit and Finance. Prior to that he worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers, Dublin.

Jennifer Loftus BAFS FIA FSAI ACCA

Director ‑ 1
Appointed 6 May 2014

Ms Loftus is currently employed as the Actuarial Function Holder with Acorn Life Ltd. Her role includes responsibility for statutory and regulatory financial reporting, financial modelling and solvency management. Ms Loftus is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (UK) and the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. She has lectured in Actuarial Science on a voluntary basis overseas and has co‑authored a research paper examining the relationship between socio‑economic class and illness. Ms Loftus is a member of the Fundraising Committee for NBCRI (National Breast Cancer Research Institute).  

William Mooney

Employee Director
Appointed 1 November 2012

Mr Mooney has worked in the postal service since 1982 and is currently employed as a Post Office Clerk. He is a Director of The Prize Bond Company Limited. He is a member of the National Executive Council of the Communications Workers’ Union and Secretary of the Dublin Postal Clerks Branch. He is a graduate of the National College of Ireland where he studied Human Resource Management and Employee Relations.

Ed Murray B.A., QFA

Director ‑ 3
Appointed 7 May 2014

In his current role as a Senior Stockbroker and Institutional Equity Sales person with Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr Murray provides investment advice to private and corporate clients, and is developing the Cantor Fitzgerald institutional equity product offering. Mr Murray has over 18 years experience in investment markets, working in Ireland with local and international clients. Previous roles include Director of Institutional Equity Sales with NCB Stockbrokers, Senior Portfolio Manager with NCB Wealth Management and within the Treasury Division of Irish Life and Permanent.

Tom O'Brien BBS, FCA

Director ‑ 1
Appointed 11 June 2013

Mr O’Brien is a Chartered Accountant with extensive business experience in senior financial, commercial and general managerial roles, having trained with KPMG. He specialises in company turnarounds and change management. In his most recent project, he was Managing Director of MXSweep Limited, a company providing cloud based IT security services. He oversaw its sale to a global provider of IT services. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he has just completed an MSc in Strategic Management and Innovation from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

 

Martina O'Connell

Employee Director ‑ 4
Appointed 1 November 2012

Ms O’Connell joined An Post in 1993 as an Auxiliary Postperson and is now working as a Postal Operative in Cork’s South City Delivery Office. Ms O’Connell has been elected Vice President of the Communications Workers’ Union. An active member of the Union since she joined the Company, Ms O’Connell has been a member of the National Executive Council since 2002 and serves on a number of sub committees.

Peter Ormond, B.A. (Bus. Mgt.)


Director
Appointed 8 March 2011

Mr Ormond is currently Manager of Mid Ireland Tourism prior to which he was its’ Marketing Manager. He previously served as Community Services Programme Manager with Kilcormac Development Association. His other work experiences are in property sales, sales & marketing and logistics. He is currently a member of Offaly County Council and served as its Chairman in 2005/2006 and in 2012/2013. He is also a former Director of the Education Finance Board.

William Scally

Director ‑ 4
Appointed 11 December 2012

Mr Scally has had a lengthy career in Economics and Public Policy. Up until 2011 he worked on a cooperative basis as an independent public policy and public affairs consultant in the CIPA framework with a wide variety of Irish businesses and representative bodies. He was lead author of Fixing Finance, the 2010 Institute of International and European Affairs publication. Mr Scally has lectured widely on The Irish Government and political process. He worked in Irish Sugar for many years and as a public policy and economic advisor to several Irish Governments. He also served on the board of Forfás.

Lorraine Tormey

Postmaster Director
Appointed 1 January 2013

Ms Tormey has worked in the family Post Office business in Rathowen, Co Westmeath all her life and she was appointed Postmistress there in 2001. She is also Postmistress of Austin Friar Street Post Office in Mullingar. Ms Tormey is Secretary of the Westmeath Branch of the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) and she is involved in a broad variety of local business and community development initiatives.

James Wrynn BSC. BComm., M.B.A.

Director - 1
Appointed 15 September 2011

Mr Wrynn is a former Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management in DIT and Head of the Department of Administrative Studies in DIT’s Faculty of Business. He served on the Board of ESB for more than ten years and during his term of office served as Deputy Chairperson from 1995–2000. He also chaired ESB Board Committees on International Investment and Strategic Response to Deregulation.

Key to Board Committees

  1. Audit and Risk
  2. Personnel
  3. Remuneration

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The Executive

Donal Connell, C.Eng., F.I.E.I., B.E.
Donal Connell, C.Eng., F.I.E.I., B.E. 
Chief Executive

Mr Connell was appointed as Chief Executive on 14 August 2006. He began his career in the Department of Posts and Telegraphs and has held senior management positions in Unitrode Corporation, 3Com Corporation and Maxtor Ireland where he was General Manager prior to joining An Post. He is a non‑executive Director of Xilinx Corporation’s European Board and is a Director of Premier Lotteries Ireland Limited.


  

John Daly, A.C.M.A., M.Sc.(Mgmt.)
John Daly, A.C.M.A., M.Sc.(Mgmt.)

Retail Operations Director

Mr Daly joined An Post in December 1988 having worked previously as a Management Accountant in FÁS. During the early part of his career with An Post, he worked in the Finance Directorate as a Management Accountant. He then held various senior finance and management positions within the Retail division before being appointed to his current position in October 2006. He is Chairman of The Prize Bond Company Limited.
 

Brian Fay B.A., M.Sc., F.C.A. Brian Fay B.A., M.Sc., F.C.A. 

Company Secretary

Mr Fay joined An Post in September 2000 and was appointed Company Secretary in August 2014. He is a Chartered Accountant and trained in practice with KPMG. He has held senior finance and regulatory positions in the Company. Prior to joining the Company he held senior financial positions in companies within the manufacturing and service sectors.

 

Peter Gallagher, B.Sc., M.B.A., M.Inst.D
Peter Gallagher, B.Sc., M.B.A., M.Inst.D

Director of Strategy and Business Excellence

Mr Gallagher joined An Post in April 2007 as Head of Strategy and Business Excellence. Prior to joining An Post, he had been a Partner in PA Consulting Group’s Global Business Transformation Practice where he led major transformational and business operational improvement programmes for private & public sector clients. Previous roles include Director of Strategy with KPMG Consulting and Business Operations Manager (UK & Ireland) for Dell Computer Corporation. 



 
John McConnell B.Tech, H.Dip. Mgt., M.B.A
John McConnell B.Tech, H.Dip. Mgt., M.B.A

Director of Innovation and Quality

Director of Innovation and Quality Mr McConnell joined An Post in January 2009 as Head of Quality and was appointed to his current position of Director of Innovation and Quality in September 2014. He has broad experience of numerous industries holding senior management positions in Elan Corporation, Baxter Healthcare and latterly as Vice President of Business Process Improvement in Syncreon. He is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt from Motorola University.

Pat Knight, M.Sc.(Mgmt.), F.C.I.P.D.

Pat Knight, M.Sc.(Mgmt.), F.C.I.P.D.
Human Resources Director

Mr Knight joined An Post in March 2004 as Human Resources Director. Previously, he had been General Manager of Human Resources at Waterford Crystal, which he joined in 1986 and where he held senior HR roles, both in Ireland and the UK. Previous experience includes work as a Personnel Officer with Bord na Móna plc. He is a Trustee of the An Post Superannuation Schemes and a Director of Air Business Limited.

Brian McCormick, B.E.(Mech.), M.B.A.

Brian McCormick, B.E.(Mech.), M.B.A.

Services Director

Mr McCormick joined An Post in May 2002 as Strategy Director and was appointed to his current position of Services Director in October 2003. Prior experience includes CRH plc and Merrion Corporate Finance where he was a Director. He is a Trustee of the An Post Superannuation Schemes and Chairman of One Direct (Ireland) Limited and Air Business Limited.

Liam O’Sullivan
Liam O’Sullivan

Mails Operations Director

Mr O’Sullivan joined An Post in 1985. During his career, he has gained broad experience across the full range of the Company’s business. He has held various senior managerial and project management positions in the Company. He was appointed as Mail Processing Director in July 2004 and also served a period as Director of Collection & Delivery Change Programmes and Operations. He took up his current position in April 2009.

Peter Quinn B.Comm., F.C.A., M.B.A.
Peter Quinn B.Comm., F.C.A., M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Quinn joined An Post in August 2004. He is a Chartered Accountant and trained in practice with KPMG. Mr Quinn previously held senior financial and strategic positions in PJ Carroll and Company plc and Monaghan Mushrooms Limited. He is a Director of Premier Lotteries Ireland Limited.

 

Liam Sheehan
Liam Sheehan

Sales and Marketing Director


Mr Sheehan was appointed as Sales and Marketing Director in October 2006. He has extensive experience in the Irish fast moving consumer goods sector and in brand creation, channel management and sales strategy. He previously held senior Sales and Marketing positions in Procter & Gamble and in Guinness and he was Commercial Director with Erin Foods. He is a Director of The Prize Bond Company Limited. He is also Chairman of The Gift Voucher Shop Limited.

Barney Whelan, B.Sc., M.B.A., F.P.R.I.I.
Barney Whelan, B.Sc., M.B.A., F.P.R.I.I.


Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs

Mr Whelan joined An Post in January 2005. Having spent many years in the aquaculture industry, he was responsible for public relations and brand communications at the ESB. He subsequently held the position of Director, Sales and Marketing at The Food Safety Promotion Board. He was appointed to his current position in October 2006.

 

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