Ornua announces new chief executive designate

John Jordan, right, with Aaron Forde, Chairman of Ornua
John Jordan, right, with Aaron Forde, Chairman of Ornua

Ornua, Ireland's largest exporter of dairy products, has announced the appointment of John Jordan as its new CEO. Jordan, who will succeed outgoing chief executive Kevin Lane.



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13 April 2018 | 0

Company veteran John Jordan has been announced as the new CEO of Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of dairy products. Joran is currently CEO of Ornua Foods EMEA, where he has successfully developed long term strategies to grow Ornua’s consumer sales portfolio.  His role includes the regional development of Ornua’s iconic brand portfolio including Kerrygold and Pilgrim’s Choice, as well as working with retail partners to develop new opportunities in the private label sector.

He was previously CEO at DPI Speciality Foods (a division of Ornua) and the USA’s third largest specialty food distributor. Prior to this, he held the position of marketing director of Consumer Foods at Ornua and a variety of senior commercial roles within the organisation, both in the corporate office and at international subsidiaries.

John holds an M.Sc. in Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin, an M.Sc. in Environmental Resource Management from University College Dublin and a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Dublin City University.

Aaron Forde, chairman of Ornua said he is delighted to announce Jordan’s appointment. “This decision follows a comprehensive selection process led by a board subcommittee,” he said. “John will succeed Kevin at the end of June, facilitating an orderly transition at the chief executive level.

John Jordan said he was very proud to assume the role of CEO at Ornua. “I look forward to working with chairman Aaron Forde, the board of directors and the entire Ornua team.” he said, “as we face into the challenges of ongoing market volatility. I am confident that Ornua is well positioned to manage all of this from a position of strength.”

Jordan will take the new position on 30 June.

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