Niall O’Connor appointed group managing director of Aldi Ireland
A senior executive with Aldi in Ireland for almost 20 years, Niall O'Connor has held several roles across the business
6 April 2020
Aldi Ireland has appointed Niall O’Connor to the position of group managing director (GMD) for Aldi Ireland.
Niall O’Connor was appointed to the position in late 2019 and has spent the last number of months with colleagues across the global Aldi operation in preparation for his new position. O’Connor will assume overall responsibility for all of Aldi’s activities in Ireland, including its multi-million-euro store-opening programme and Irish buying office.
Niall O’Connor has been a senior executive with Aldi in Ireland for almost 20 years and has held several roles across the business. A native of Cork, he was appointed group buying director in 2010, leading Aldi’s buying and marketing teams, greatly developing and growing its Irish supply base. Most recently, as managing director Mitchelstown region, he was responsible for the operation of Aldi’s business across Munster and Connacht.
Welcoming the appointment, Giles Hurley, CEO Aldi UK & Ireland said: “Niall has made a huge contribution during his tenure at Aldi, developing our Irish buying team and leading our Mitchelstown region store teams through dynamic growth. His appointment as group managing director Ireland is a major step forward in positioning Aldi Ireland for further success in the years ahead.”
O’Connor will assume the role at a challenging time for both the country and the retail sector. Among his first responsibilities, he will lead a growing team of 4,000 staff through Aldi’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Niall O’Connor said of his new role: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the Aldi Ireland team and to contribute to our efforts nationwide, particularly as our teams work to help feed the nation.”
“Having worked for Aldi for the last 20 years,” he added, “I know first-hand the dedication of our staff and suppliers across the country, but never more so than now have their efforts to continue to deliver outstanding quality food been in such focus. I look forward to working closely with Giles Hurley in supporting and leading the Aldi Ireland Team as we continue to serve communities both now and into the future.”