Chief executive designate appointed to Topaz
New Topaz chief executive designate Emmet O’Neill says the group aims “to build a world class retail and fuel business and to expand our operations significantly over the coming years.”
23 October 2014 | 0
Emmet O’Neill has been appointed to take over as chief executive of Topaz in the new year. The chairman of Topaz Energy Ireland Ltd, John Callaghan, has announced that O’Neill will take over the role on 1 February next. Sean Corkery will continue as acting CEO until then.
Emmet O’Neill (35) is a successful entrepreneur with a number of interests across the economy. In 2005 he founded Smiles Dental as an innovative patient-focused dentistry business. Over the following decade, he grew the business to become one of the largest providers of general and specialist dental services in Ireland and the UK with 78 branches between the two countries. He sold the Smiles Dental business earlier this year. Prior to setting up that business, O’Neill worked in aircraft finance. In March of this year he was appointed to the board of Topaz and he has led a number of projects at the company in recent months.
Speaking today (22 October), the Topaz chairman, John Callaghan, described O’Neill as “visionary and passionate.” He said: “Emmet is one of the outstanding young entrepreneurs in Ireland and we are very much looking forward to his leadership and his exciting plans for the business.”
O’Neill said he was “absolutely delighted” to be taking up the new role and that: “We aim to build a world class retail and fuel business and to expand our operations significantly over the coming years. Everybody connected with the Topaz business has been incredibly welcoming and I know they all share our ambition for the business.”