Shannon Group makes executive appointments

Shannon Group makes executive appointments


Mary Considine

Three new appointments have been announced by Shannon Group.

CEO Matthew Thomas has confirmed a number of executive management appointments as the Group aims to strengthen its impact as a key driver of growth for the region. The appointments will be geared towards maximising Shannon Group’s potential through increasing revenues and improving the efficiency of its cost base across the business.

Company Secretary Mary Considine will take on the new role of Group Deputy CEO, Finance and Corporate Services. Ms Considine served as Acting CEO prior to the appointment of Matthew Thomas last year.

Andrew Murphy

The increased focus on the Group’s individual businesses will also see Shannon Group Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Murphy take on the new role of Managing Director of Shannon Airport, with specific responsibility for driving the business strategy and P&L performance.

At Shannon Heritage, John Ruddle will, likewise, take on a new role as New Business Development Director, with a specific focus on expanding the portfolio of Heritage sites that it operates.

John Ruddle

CEO Matthew Thomas said, “Shannon Group is, more than any other commercial entity in the region, a catalyst of economic development of a large portion of the island of Ireland. I am therefore pleased to announce these key appointments.

“Fulfilling Shannon Group’s role as a key driver of economic development is a responsibility we take very seriously. The appointment of Mary Considine to the Group Deputy CEO post and Andrew Murphy and John Ruddle to specific and important roles within the Group will help drive the business forward in the future. I wish them well in their new roles.”

Earlier this week, The Clare Herald highlighted that Shannon Group had no role to play in appointing members to its board which comprises of nine individuals, all of whom are appointed by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport. Their position is a part-time non-salaried one.

In contrast the appointed trio fill internal full-time positions and received the posts via the executive of the company.