ShelfLife appoints Donna Ahern as its new editor

Donna Ahern
ShelfLife editor Donna Ahern

ShelfLife has announced the appointment of Donna Ahern as its new editor, effective from 1 May 2024



4 March 2024

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ShelfLife has announced the appointment of Donna Ahern as its new editor, effective from 1 May 2024.

Donna will succeed Gillian Hamill in her new role. Commenting on the announcement, Donna Ahern, said: “It is an honour to be asked to edit ShelfLife, and work closely with its team, during what is a very exciting time for the Irish grocery industry.

“I am looking forward to bringing our readers the relevant news and stories on the sector. I would also like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Gillian Hamill, and I hope to build, in the future, upon her outstanding work.”

Publisher of ShelfLife, John McDonald, welcomed Donna to the ShelfLife team commenting that the importance of clear and accurate journalism would continue under her tenure.

“Quality editorial with news, stories and features that are essential to the Retail Trade are the bread and butter of ShelfLife,” he said.

Prior to her new position at ShelfLife, the Cork-native worked as the online & news editor of Checkout. She also worked as the editor of a number of national titles, including Licensing World, Xposé Ultimate Weddings, Easy Parenting, and also Infant & Maternity.

In her career, she held positions as a commercial supplement manager for Irish newspaper titles, such as: The Irish Daily Mail, The Irish Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Tribune, and The Sunday
Business Post. Donna has extensive experience of trade publishing and the
grocery trade.

ShelfLife’s outgoing editor Gillian Hamill commented: “It has been an enormous pleasure to work with my colleagues at ShelfLife and Ireland’s wider grocery industry for the past 15 years. Throughout this time, I have been continually inspired by the perspectives of retailers the length and breadth of the country, who truly are at the heart of the local communities they serve day-in, day-out.

“As a result, they have ensured Ireland’s reputation as an internally renowned beacon of best practice for the FMCG industry continues to thrive.

“Under Donna’s editorship, I am fully confident ShelfLife will continue to go from strength to strength as a trusted news source for this vital sector.”



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