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Shannon Group Executive Team Bios

There are eight current members on the Shannon Group Executive Team with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Shannon Group.

Mary Considine –CEO, Shannon Group plc

Mary is the CEO of the Shannon Group, the parent company of Shannon Airport Authority, Shannon Commercial Properties and Shannon Heritage and supports the growing aviation cluster through the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) brand.

Mary was the former Airport Director and led the successful separation of Shannon Airport from the DAA in 2012 leading to Shannon Airport becoming independent on the 31st of December 2012. Mary is a qualified accountant and has extensive experience across the aviation, finance and commercial sectors having held a number of senior roles within the Group.  She is a member of the Governing authority of Mary Immaculate College and she is the current President of Shannon Chamber of Commerce.

Ray O’Driscoll – Chief Operating Officer, Shannon Group plc

Ray joined the Shannon Group in April 2014 as Managing Director of Shannon Commercial Properties and became Chief Operating Officer of Shannon Group in 2019.  Prior to this, Ray had worked in the role of Finance and IT Director of Barry Group since 2004 and before this as Finance Director of Eurologic Systems Ltd.  Ray qualified as a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA Degree from the University of Westminster, London.

Caroline Kelleher - Director of Public Affairs, Shannon Group plc

Caroline joined Shannon Group in June 2017 and leads the Group’s public affairs strategy and stakeholder management programme. Previously, she was Director of Policy with Limerick Chamber. Prior to this, she worked as a Senior Economist with DKM Economic Consultants and held positions with AECOM Strategic Planning and Advisory and with Goodbody Stockbrokers. Caroline is an Economist by profession and a CIMA qualified Management Accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Economic Science from University College Cork and a Post Graduate Diploma in Statistics from Trinity College Dublin.

Rachael Leahy – Company Secretary and Head of Legal

A native of Limerick, Rachael joined the Shannon Group in November 2014 as Head of Legal and is also responsible for the Group’s procurement function.  In her new role as Shannon Group Company Secretary, Rachael will have responsibility for the efficient administration of the Group ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining Shannon Group, Rachael was a partner with Michael Houlihan & Partners solicitors in Ennis. Rachael is a practising solicitor, and trained and worked with Matheson, one of the top five law firms in Ireland. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an LLB degree.

Paul MacNamara - Chief Financial Officer

A Limerick native, Paul joined Shannon Group in August 2014 and held a number of senior finance roles including Head of Finance. He was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer in June 2019. In his new role as CFO, Paul will have overall responsibility for the Group’s fiscal activity. The role also incorporates responsibility for the Group’s IT function.

Prior to joining the Shannon Group, Paul held both credit and commercial roles with a property focused asset manager. Before this, Paul worked with a Big 4 accountancy firm in its transaction services practice. Paul holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick, a Master of Accounting from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.   

Gerry Dillion – Managing Director,  Shannon Commercial Properties

Gerry joined the Shannon Group in early 2014 as Head of Operations and Developments for Commercial Property and was appointed as Managing Director of Shannon Commercial Properties in 2019. Previously, Gerry worked across a range of sectors and projects including Local Authority Civil Engineering infrastructure projects and large mixed use residential and commercial developments including healthcare and hotel projects in Africa, Asia and the USA. Gerry is a Chartered Civil Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Galway.

Andrew Murphy - Managing Director, Shannon Airport Authority DAC

Andrew joined the Shannon Group in March 2014 as Chief Commercial Officer and was appointed Managing Director of Shannon Airport in January 2017. Previously, Andrew held Associate Director and Senior management positions in Ulster Bank’s Corporate Banking division. He enjoyed a career in Hotel Management and running his own business before joining Ulster Bank. Andrew is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant with the ACCA with degrees in Business Studies and Hotel Management.

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