Gordon Lawlor appointed new managing director of Circle K Ireland
Niall Anderton promoted to senior vice president for Circle K Central & Eastern Europe and Ireland
28 June 2019 | 0
Circle K Ireland has announced the appointment of Gordon Lawlor as its new managing director. He will take over from existing managing director Niall Anderton who has been promoted to senior vice president for Circle K Central & Eastern Europe and Ireland.
Gordon Lawlor will assume his new position on 1 August and will be responsible for leading the business in Ireland with the Circle K rebrand process close to completion. He currently serves as fuels director in the company.
Lawlor has significant industry expertise having held several management and leadership roles in the fuel and convenience retail sector over the last 21 years. He worked for ExxonMobil for 17 years – in Ireland with Esso Ireland, and internationally with ExxonMobil in both Brussels and London. He also led the Esso business in Ireland as its chairman and director from 2012 until its acquisition by Topaz Energy in 2015.
Following the acquisition of Topaz Energy in 2016 by Alimentation Couche-Tard (ACT), Lawlor was promoted to fuels director of Circle K, the global fuel and convenience brand of ACT. In this position, he played a key role in the integration of the Circle K brand in Ireland, leading the introduction of Ireland’s first premium additised fuels, Miles and MilesPlus to the Irish market across the full network of Circle K service stations.
“I am honoured to be appointed as the new managing director of Circle K which is an outstanding company with an excellent team and unrivalled service offering,” Gordon Lawlor said of his appointment, thanking his predecessor Niall Anderton for his support.
“We now have the opportunity to elevate our position further and ensure Circle K is a consistent destination of preference for consumers,” Lawlor added. “The forecourt of today is not the forecourt of tomorrow and Circle K is already leading the evolution in this regard. Significant opportunities for growth and diversification lie outside the forecourt space and Circle K is primed to capitalise on this in the years ahead.”
Current Circle K Ireland managing director Niall Anderton will commence his new position as senior vice president for Circle K Central & Eastern Europe and Ireland on 1 August. In his new role, Anderton will oversee Circle K operations across Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia.
Niall Anderton has led the Circle K business in Ireland since February 2016, having previously held the role of chief financial officer, playing a pivotal role in the acquisition of Topaz Energy by ACT in December 2015. During his tenure as managing director, Anderton led the integration of the Irish business into the wider Circle K group and the official rebrand of Topaz Energy to Circle K in 2017.