Imelda Hurley announced as new Ibec president

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. Pictured marking the announcement at Coillte’s Avondale Forrest Park are Imelda Hurley, CEO of Coillte and Danny McCoy, CEO of Ibec. (Picture: Naoise Culhane)

CEO of Coillte, Imelda Hurley is the new president of Ibec for 2022 to 2023, succeeding Frank Gleeson, President and CEO of Aramark Northern Europe. 

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. A graduate of University of Limerick, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an alumna of Harvard Business School is an experienced executive and non-executive director. She is currently CEO at Coillte, Ireland’s state forestry company.

Making the announcement, 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.”

Marking the announcement, Imelda Hurley said it was ‘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.”