Imelda Hurley announced as new Ibec President

September 22, 2022

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, is pleased to announce the appointment of Imelda Hurley, CEO of Coillte as its new President for 2022 to 2023. She succeeds Frank Gleeson, President and CEO of Aramark Northern Europe. 

Marking the announcement, Imelda Hurley said: “It is a privilege to be appointed Ibec President for the next 12 months. While the economy faces unprecedented inflationary competitiveness challenges at present, it is important that we do not lose focus in meeting the long-term strategic issues we face as a society, particularly the climate emergency crisis. 

“I look forward to using my role as President to support Ibec’s ongoing engagement with Government and leading stakeholders to realise the country’s ambition of positioning Ireland as a world leader in terms of its transformation to both a sustainable business model and society.”

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “Imelda is a recognised leader in the field of Irish and European business and her experience and insights will no doubt support our efforts over the coming year to help navigate the economy through a challenging period. We look forward to working with her and wish her great success.”

Imelda Hurley has spent over twenty years in leadership and finance roles across a variety of sectors including forestry, food, agriculture, technology related product development and supply chain management. She is an experienced executive and non-executive director having been a board member in public company, state owned, private equity and venture capital backed businesses. She has worked extensively in Ireland, the UK, Eastern Europe, Hong Kong and China. 

She is currently CEO at Coillte, Ireland’s state forestry company which is responsible for managing 440,000 hectares of primarily forested lands. She is also a non-executive director at Dole plc, a global leader in fresh fruit and vegetables and at Ibec, Ireland’s largest business representative group.  Prior to joining Coillte, Imelda was an executive director and CFO with agri-services group Origin Enterprises plc, and, earlier in her career, she held a range of senior leadership positions at PCH International, and Greencore Group plc. She has also previously served as a non-executive director of Total Produce plc, Valeo Foods and Ervia. 

Imelda is a graduate of University of Limerick, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an alumna of Harvard Business School.