16 April 2015
Tesco has announced the appointment of Andrew Yaxley as Tesco Ireland’s new chief executive in succession to Phil J. Clarke, who is retiring after over 40 years with the company, including the last two years as chief executive of Tesco Ireland.
Yaxley joined Tesco in 2001 and is currently the managing director of Tesco’s London business. Prior to that, he held a number of positions in the commercial function as a member of the UK leadership team leading the fresh and packaged food divisions, and the commercial business in Slovakia and Czech Republic before that. He previously worked for Mars.
New PR director for the European Field Marketing Partners Association
Nicola de Beer, COO of FMI, Ireland’s leading field management agency, has been appointed PR director for the EFMP, The European Field Marketing Partners Association, with responsibility for the marketing and PR for the EFMP.
The EFMP was established in 2006 by four partners (UK, France, Germany and Spain) with the key strategic objective of delivering one EU high standard of delivery for field sales and consumer face to face activity in order to meet the demand for clients making decisions on an EU basis. The EFMP provides a framework for a united and strong pan European sales and marketing strategy underpinned by expert knowledge and local market conditions. EFMP currently has a presence in over 27 countries, made up of 12 partners Europe wide.
FMI was founded in 1995 by Margaret Lyons, CEO. Commenting on Nicola’s appointment, Lyons said; “Nicola is passionate about what we do and that has a really positive impact on our business, especially for the successful growth of the company. We are delighted that Nicola has been appointed as PR director for the EFMP. Having worked in many areas of the business she has a fully rounded understanding of the retail environment and her learning will be of benefit to her colleagues here in Ireland and at a European level.”
Gaelite Signs appoints project manager
Gaelite Signs, Ireland’s leading experts in the design, manufacture and installation of signage for large corporate companies, has appointed Michael Tannam as project manager.
With over 35 years’ experience within the shop fitting industry in Ireland and abroad, Tannam will be responsible for delivering key existing projects for Gaelite Signs. He has joined Gaelite Signs from Dolan Brothers Joinery where he held the position of project manager.
BDO announces new chairman
Audit, tax and advisory firm, BDO, confirmed the appointment of former Ryanair Deputy CEO and chief financial officer, Howard Millar, to the position of independent non-executive chairman.
The appointment of Millar comes following BDO’s recent jobs announcement. Last October the firm revealed ambitious plans to create 300 new graduate and senior hire positions across its offices in Ireland within three years.
Millar brings a wealth of experience and knowledge having been a crucial member of the Ryanair executive team that grew the company from a small loss making regional carrier to Europe’s largest and most profitable airline.
Two new appointments for Seat Ireland
Seat Ireland has announced the appointment of Joanne Hurley as CRM & digital marketing manager. In her new role, Hurley will be responsible for customer relationship management and all digital activity for Seat Ireland. She will also support the head of marketing with all national above-the-line campaigns and projects.
Hurley has previously worked as a marketing and communications manager with SGMC International, KBC Bank and William Cox Ireland and UK.
Seat Ireland also announced the appointment of Niall Phillips as its new brand director. Phillips has a wealth of experience in the motor industry in Ireland having worked with brands such as BMW, Mini, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles at importer level. He joins Seat Ireland from within Volkswagen Group Ireland where he was head of Group Used Vehicles.
Phillips recently announced a record breaking month for January 2015 with 828 units sold versus 635 in January 2014. This represents year-on-year sales growth of 30% and a current market share of 2.8%.