Shannon Group Board
Rose Hynes, Chairman
Rose Hynes was appointed as Chairman of the Shannon Group Board on its incorporation on the 29th August 2014. She chairs Shannon Group’s Remuneration Sub-Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Sub-committee. She was appointed to the Board of Shannon Airport Authority as Chairman Designate in November 2012 and was appointed Chairman in January 2013. Rose is also Chairman of Origin Enterprises plc and is a non-executive director of a number of other companies in various sectors including Total Produce plc, IPL Plastics plc and eir.
Rose is a lawyer and was a member of the senior management team in GPA for many years. GPA was one of the world’s largest lessors and financiers of aircraft. She is also a former Chairman of Bord Gais/Ervia and former non-executive director of Bank of Ireland, Fyffes plc and Aer Lingus. She is a law graduate of University College Dublin and is a native of County Clare.
Matthew Thomas, Chief Executive Officer
Matthew Thomas is the CEO of Shannon Group and was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on the 20th June 2016. Before moving to Shannon, Matthew was based in Manhattan, leading the $4bn privatisation of La Guardia Airport in his role as Chief Commercial Officer of Vantage Airport Group. He was involved in the majority of Vantage’s thirty airport projects across four continents, as well as being a director of a number of airports in the Vantage portfolio including Nassau, Bahamas, Montego Bay, Jamaica and Santiago in Chile. Matthew has also held senior management positions at Vancouver Airport (voted the best airport in NA six years running), Liverpool John Lennon Airport (where he was CEO), Larnaca and Paphos in Cyprus, Sydney, Copenhagen and Newcastle airports.
Kathryn O’Leary Higgins
Kathryn O’Leary Higgins was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on its incorporation on the 29th August 2014. She chairs the Shannon Group Health, Safety, Security and Environment Sub-committee. Kitty is a public policy consultant and transport expert based in the United States and President of the Higgins Company, a government relations firm.
Liam O’Shea was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on its incorporation on August 29th 2014. He sits on both the Audit and Risk and Remuneration sub-committees. Liam is Managing Director of both Clare FM and Tipp FM and is also a Director and Vice Chairman of Independent Radio Sales in Dublin. Liam also sits on the Board of Tipperary Invests. He is a founder member and former Chairman of Spin South West, and a founder member and former Board Director of Newstalk. Liam was inducted into the PPI Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.
Tom Kelly was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on the 25th October 2017. He chairs the Shannon Group Audit and Risk Sub-Committee. He is the Chief Executive Officer of AerCap Ireland Limited. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of AerCap’s Irish operations and has a substantial aircraft leasing and financial services background. Previously, Tom spent ten years with GECAS where his last roles were as Chief Financial Officer and director of GECAS Limited, GECAS’s Irish operation. He also served as global controller for GECAS in his role as Senior Vice President & Controller. Prior to joining GECAS in 1997, he spent over eight years with KPMG in their London office, acting as a Senior Manager in their financial services practice. Tom is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.
Kevin McCarthy was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on its incorporation on the 29th August 2014 to the 29th August 2018 as an Employee Representative. He was again appointed to the Board as an Employee Representative on the 1st December 2018. Kevin has spent 39 years working in Shannon Airport’s Police and Fire Service.
Linda Tynne was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on the 1st December 2018 as an Employee Representative. Linda has worked at Shannon Airport for the past 31 years starting in Shannon Duty Free in 1987, travelling to St Petersburg to the new downtown duty free shop. After her time in Russia, Linda returned to Shannon and worked in different departments Shannon Aviation Fuels, Cash Office as Supervisor and works in Shannon Airport Cost Management Accounts.
Stephen Rae was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on the 15th May 2019. Stephen is a business and media consultant. He founded Kobn Advisory in 2019, helping senior leaders and corporations navigate the worlds of media, technology and social. Stephen is a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Online Disinformation and serves on the board of the World Editors Forum. In 2013 he was appointed Group Editor-in-Chief at Independent News & Media, overseeing the group’s online and four national print titles. Previously, he was the editor of two national newspapers and Independent.ie. Stephen is a qualified barrister and holds the Award in Business and Leadership from the Directors Course at Cranfield University.
Ambrose Loughlin was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on the 15th May 2019. Ambrose was a partner for 22 years with McCann FitzGerald, one of Ireland’s leading law firms where in addition to client advisory work on financial services, he served in several senior management roles involving finance and risk. He is a board member since 2016 of the National Museum of Ireland and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee. He was recently appointed to the Finance HR and Asset Management Committee of the University of Limerick. From 2013 to 2019, he chaired the Audit Committee of the Department of Finance. He has particular expertise in the areas of risk management and corporate governance.