Dairygold, Ireland’s largest farmer-owned Co-Operative announced on Wednesday that John O’Gorman of Clogheen has been elected as its new chairman.
Mr O’Gorman who has served as vice-chairman since 2017, replaces James Lynch who served as chairman for three years and recently stepped down having served the maximum term permitted on the Board of Dairygold.
Mr O’Gorman, from the Tipperary region, was first elected to the Board of Dairygold in January 2013.
Speaking after his election as chairman, John O’Gorman said he was ‘honoured’ to have been elected to the position of Chairman at Dairygold.
“It is a long-standing and ambitious organisation with a deep commitment to its members and shareholders. I am grateful to the Board for the confidence and trust they have shown in me today and to the members who have supported me over many years. I look forward to working closely with the Board, chief executive Jim Woulfe, staff and Dairygold’s members,” he said.
Paying tribute to his predecessor James Lynch, Mr O’Gorman said he had served as chairman ‘with great leadership and stewardship over the last three years’.
“Dairygold has had a remarkable period of growth and development that has supported our members to realise their on-farm ambitions. I look forward to playing my part in Dairygold’s continued success and exciting future.”
John O’Gorman and his wife Alison have three daughters and live in Clogheen, Co Tipperary. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Management and a Diploma in Corporate Direction, Food Business from UCC.
The position of vice-chairman will be filled at the next meeting of the Dairygold Board.