Tom Trainor, Chief Executive
Prior to taking up his role as Chief Executive, Tom Trainor held global revenue responsibilities with Trintech Technologies as executive vice president, and with Kindle Banking Systems as international sales director. Before that he was sales director with consultancy firm Cambridge Technology Partners in New York. Earlier in his career, Tom established a business sales organisation for Eircom/Eir, Ireland’s largest telco, and he previously held a number of management and leadership roles in Bank of Ireland Group. Tom is a languages honours graduate with postgraduate qualifications in business and law. He holds an International Executive MBA from Smurfit Business School at UCD, where he also completed the Diploma in Corporate Governance, and he was awarded Chartered Director status by the Institute of Directors in London. Tom holds the Diploma in Legal Studies from the Honorable Society of Kings Inns, and he completed an executive programme at Harvard Business School. Tom was conferred with Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK, and of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, and he has served as a member of the board of the European Marketing Confederation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Field, Chair
David Field was elected to the chair by fellow board members on 17 September 2019. David is a Marketing Consultant with two decades experience in the marketing profession. He was previously Commercial Director with Easons, and Marketing Director with luxury retailer Brown Thomas before that. Prior to that, as Head of Marketing and Retail Development at Easons, he led a repositioning strategy to transform and modernise the brand. David’s earlier experience was in retail operations and marketing at Fresh, the good food market, as Product Group Manager with Glanbia, and he spent a significant period with Superquinn in a number of positions across project management, category management and business development. David holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Studies from Smurfit Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University College Dublin.
Rosita Wolfe, Company Secretary
Rosita Wolfe is Head of Marketing and Communications at the National Concert Hall, and she has positioned Ireland’s most popular venue as an international leader, evidenced by awards in marketing, PR, digital and Customer Experience (CX). Rosita twice led the NCH to wins at the All Ireland Marketing Awards. She previously worked with Eircom as a market analyst in the mergers and acquisitions team, moving on to work in international marketing for Eircom’s operations. She has published a number of papers in the fields of marketing, communications and sponsorship, and has presented at a range of international conferences. Rosita has served on the Board of Directors of the charity DEBRA Ireland. A first class honours marketing graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology now Technological University Dublin, Rosita also holds a Masters in Commerce from University College Dublin. She holds the Graduateship of The Marketing Institute of Ireland, in which she was awarded Marketing Graduate of the Year. Rosita is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
Paul O’Sullivan is former Director and Dean of the College of Business at Dublin Institute of Technology, now Technological University Dublin. He has served as a member of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), and is currently a member of the Board of Solas, the government body for policy and direction of further education and training in Ireland. Paul has served as a Director of the Bolton Trust, a registered charity devoted to fostering high tech graduate entrepreneurs, and he was the first Chairman of the Small Enterprise Seed Fund. Paul has published in the areas of Marketing Communications and Sponsorship, and Business Planning for SMEs. He has acted as Marketing Advisor to a number of public bodies and chaired a major Marketing Review for the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Paul has also served on the Board of a number of media companies and software startups. In December 2016, he was appointed as Vice Chair of InterTradeIreland by the North South Ministerial Council. Paul is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
Fiona Sweeney is Strategic Marketing Director for End Use Markets across Europe and Russia for Kerry Group, responsible for leading the marketing team to devise the B2B strategy, value proposition and Kerry offering for prioritised international markets. She had previously been Marketing Director for the Kerry Foods Dairy Consumer branded portfolio in Britain and Ireland where she was responsible for the strategic growth and development of category leading brands like Dairygold, Cheestrings, LowLow and Charleville, and during which time she led her team to several successes at the All Ireland Marketing Awards. Prior to that, Fiona was Head of Marketing with Superquinn. Earlier in her career, she established her credentials in brand management, having held the role of Coca-Cola Brand Manager, and before that the role of Guinness Brand Manager. Fiona holds a BSc degree from Dublin Institute of Technology, now Technological University Dublin, where she graduated with first class honours.
Pat Mannion is Commercial Director Ireland with JCDecaux, the largest outdoor advertising corporation in the world which every day reaches more than 410 million people across the planet. Here in Ireland the company is ‘out of home’ market leader with offices in Dublin and Belfast. Since joining the business 15 years ago, Pat has been instrumental in a series of innovative developments that have underpinned the company’s leadership position, and he has led his team to wins at the All Ireland Marketing Awards on a number of occasions. Pat had previously spent over a decade in advertising sales management in both print and radio, including a significant period with Communicorp’s independent radio station 98FM. Pat is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
Cera Ward is Director and Country Manager for Large Customer Sales (LCS) with Google Ireland, where she leads the company's first ever team dedicated to the Irish market, offering Google's advertising and wider product suite - Adwords, YouTube, TrueView, Google Display Network, Mobile - across all verticals and sectors. She has led strategies to educate the market on the business potential of digital, and she has devised market development initiatives to scale Google's market reach. Cera joined Google in 2011 after nine years at national radio station Newstalk, where she had led the company’s national sales team. She is a regular keynote speaker and panellist at business, marketing and digital events, and she chairs the IAB Ireland Search Council. Cera is qualified in Media and Broadcast Journalism and she is a graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology, now Technological University Dublin, where she earned the Graduateship of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
Tom Kinsella is Managing Director, Homes at AIB where he leads the bank’s activities to meet the Homes needs of customers across the AIB, EBS and Haven brands, and encompassing the core functions of strategy, product and proposition design, risk management, sales and customer experience (CX). He had previously been Chief Marketing Officer with AIB and he was to the fore in rebuilding the brand, changing the culture and instilling purpose, and he led his team to multiple successes in the All Ireland Marketing Awards. Tom’s background was in the drinks industry. Having joined the Guinness Ireland graduate programme, he went on to spend over 20 years at Diageo in a variety of marketing roles working locally and internationally across Europe, Asia and the Americas on a wide range of leading brands, including over four years as Global Marketing Director of Baileys. Tom holds a B.Comm degree from University College Dublin, and he is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
Liam McDonnell is CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Ireland, Ireland’s leading media and digital communications group with 130 staff and billings of €148m, which is a fully owned subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Dentsu Inc, and which delivers its services and products through its four operating brands in Ireland – Carat, iProspect, Vizeum and Isobar. Having started his career as a media buyer at specialist agency The Media Bureau, Liam has held board positions with Saatchi&Saatchi Dublin and Irish International BBDO. Liam has previously been a board member and latterly President of the Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland (IAPI). Having started his career as a media planner, Liam has been in general management for almost two decades and has worked with many leading Irish and International brands. Liam is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
An economist by training, Gerard O’Neill is chairman of Amárach Research, where he also leads the firm's strategic consulting practice, working with senior management teams to create resilient strategies for the future. He was previously business planning manager at An Post. Gerard is a graduate of the London School of Economics. In 2014 he was appointed a member of the National Statistics Board, the statutory body overseeing the development of official statistics in Ireland. Gerard is a director of AIMRO, the Association of Irish Market Research Organisations. He has served as a director of the Irish Internet Association and was previously chairman of the Marketing Society. Gerard was also a co-founder of Hireland.ie, the job creation initiative. He writes the popular blog Turbulence Ahead, and his book, 2016: A New Proclamation for A New Generation, is published by Mercier Press. Gerard is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.