Jarlath Jennings died suddenly on 14 May 2019, and the news was received with both shock and sadness by Ireland's professional marketing community, among whom he was so well known, liked and respected.
Jarlath's involvement with the Marketing Institute goes back to his student days when he, like so many others, qualified through the Institute's Marketing Graduateship programme. He was committed to professionalism in marketing, and he embodied this value continuously in his own approach and conduct.
Jarlath sought to give back to his profession, and in his so doing, many others benefited. As he rose through his own highly impressive career in McConnell’s, where he became Managing Director, Jarlath remained committed to the continuing education of marketers. He was a tireless supporter of, and participant in, the work of the Marketing Institute in various capacities over the years.
Jarlath was deservedly elected to Fellowship of the Institute, our highest grade of membership. He later served a term as Chairman, during which time he oversaw the overhaul and modernising of our governance structure, which set us up for the success that we enjoy today.
After retiring early from his business career, Jarlath indulged his lifelong passion for classical music and opera, and having completed a Masters Degree in this area, he travelled widely in pursuance of this interest.
Jarlath Jennings is remembered by marketers as a committed and effective professional, and as a good and decent man with whom it was a joy to work.
Our condolences go to his beloved wife Marian, and their son Eoin.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.