How we're governed

The Executive Director team, led by Ibec CEO Danny McCoy, is responsible for implementing the strategy set by the Ibec Board.

Our forward-looking Executive Director team is made up of dedicated, focused and experienced executives. Working with each other and with our employees around Ireland and in Brussels, their knowledge and experience come together to make a difference for all our members and stakeholder groups. Our leadership team is responsible for implementing the strategy and the day-to-day activities of the organisation.


Danny McCoy CEO

“In creating a big vision for either a society or a business, people have to see their role and contribution as both valued and realisable.”

CEO (2009 to date). President of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Engineers, member of the Export Trade Council and the OECD-BIAC working group on Corporate Taxation. Extensive academic career, including positions at DCU, University College London, University of Oxford and TCD.

Danny McCoy
Phone (01) 605 1500
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Liam O'Donoghue Deputy CEO/COO

"We need to continuously innovate and adapt in terms of both the services we provide and how those services are delivered to our members"

Chief Operations Officer & Deputy Chief Executive Officer (2011 to date). Formerly Finance Director and then Chief Operations Officer, Byrne Wallace Solicitors, and Director of Operations (EMEA), Software Spectrum. As a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants together with qualifications in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, Liam O’Donoghue’s experience encompasses senior positions within FMCG, pharma, technology and professional services, both nationally and internationally.

Liam O'Donoghue
Phone (01) 605 1500
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Maeve McElwee Director of Employer Relations

“Being open to different approaches and ways of thinking is critical in employer relations as the pace of change in our workplaces accelerates driven by new technology, increasing diversity and globalisation.”

Director of Employer Relations (2015 to date). With Ibec since 2000 in senior positions including Head of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Traded Services, and Director of the North East Region. A graduate of Trinity College, prior to joining Ibec, Maeve McElwee worked with the World Bank in Washington DC.

Maeve McElwee
Phone (01) 605 1500
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Fergal O'Brien Director of Policy and Public Affairs

“Ireland has an ever-growing role to play on the international stage as our economy becomes more globalised and businesses are increasingly internationalising their footprints.”

Director of Policy & Public Affairs. Previously an economic consultant to the public and private sectors with Fitzpatrick Associates, and an economist with the Irish Dairy Board. BBS and MBS in Economics from UL, member of the National Competitiveness Council, Chair of BusinessEurope’s Economic and Finance Committee and a council member of the Foundation for Fiscal Studies.

Fergal O'Brien
Phone (01) 605 1500
Social @OBrienFergal
Sharon Higgins Director of Member Services

“We are committed to championing policies that enable a solid, transparent, sustainable and business-friendly regime, ensuring Ireland remains a great place to do business over the long term.”

Director of Member Services. With Ibec since 1996, holding senior positions including Head of Sectors and Director, Irish Medical Devices Association; and Assistant Director, Pharmachemical Ireland. MSc and BSc in Industrial Chemistry (UL) and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. Oversees the work of 37 trade associations, with responsibility for business development, marketing, membership engagement and corporate events. Winner Outstanding Contribution to the MedTech Sector Award, 2014.

Sharon Higgins
Phone (01) 605 1500
Social @ibec_irl