Bord Bia CEO to step down

Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia

Tara McCarthy will begin a new position in the private sector in June



15 March 2022

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Bord Bia has announced that its chief executive officer Tara McCarthy is to step down from her role later this year and is due to take up a new position in the private sector in June 2022.

Bord Bia chairman Dan MacSweeney paid tribute to Tara McCarthy by thanking her for her “tremendous efforts” on behalf of Bord Bia.

“On behalf of the Board of Bord Bia, I wish Tara the very best for the future and thank her for her tremendous efforts on behalf of Bord Bia and for her dedication and commitment to our client companies and the food, drink, and horticulture sector,” MacSweeney said.

“Tara has made a significant contribution to Bord Bia, and the organisation is in a very good place due to her leadership, energy, and drive over the last five years. The search for a successor to Tara begins immediately and, in the interim, I have full confidence in the leadership team in Bord Bia to continue to successfully execute our new and exciting strategy.”

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue also thanked Tara McCarthy for her “energy, leadership and commitment”.

“She has guided the organisation and supported the industry through many challenges, including the impacts of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic,” Minister McConalogue said.

“Tara has nurtured top talent, as well as building Ireland’s voice in thought leadership on sustainability, with benefits for the sector as a whole,” the Minister continued. “Tara has focused on developing new markets while building on existing ones to the benefit of our world-class primary producers, farm families and fishers. I wish Tara well in her new endeavours and look forward to continuing to work with the Board and leadership team in Bord Bia into the future.”

Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development, Martin Heydon, added that he would like to “pay sincere tribute” to the departing CEO for her “dedicated service”.

“She has been a strong advocate for our agri-food sector and sustainable food production,” Minister Heydon said. “She has helped to build trust and confidence in Irish food, promoting Irish products here and around the world by standing behind the producers of Ireland, supporting them to reach global markets. I would like to thank her for her very hard work and wish her every success in the future.”

Tara McCarthy said she was very grateful for the “wonderful privilege” of leading Bord Bia.

“It is an exciting and thought-provoking organisation, with a powerful and inspiring mission,” she said.

“The wider agri-food industry faces many challenges, but thanks to the amazing people that work in and with the industry it continues to thrive. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our Chairman and Board, my committed colleagues in Bord Bia and in Government and our famer and producer members, for the amazing support they have given me throughout my time as CEO.”

McCarthy added that she would continue to play her full part in Bord Bia until her departure and that to ensure an  orderly transition, she  would work in partnership with the board as they begin the recruitment process for her successor.



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