It is crucial that businesses now take the time to plan an approach and strategy for how best they can thrive in the current economic downturn and in a post-COVID 19 world. 

Ireland INC has launched a new webinar series entitled, The Ireland INC Leadership Series in association with KPMG Ireland. The series will open with a live webinar aimed at exploring the theme, Navigating Uncharted Waters: Success and Growth in a New Business Era

Join us for a 45 minute, live webinar with guest panellist John Jordan, Chief Executive of Ornua, Andrew O’Leary, Lead Director, Working Capital Management, KPMG Ireland and Hazel Cryan, Head of Debt Advisory, KPMG Ireland on Tuesday 28th April at 3pm GMT+1. 

The panel will discuss how businesses can best navigate the uncharted waters that lie ahead. Guest panellist John Jordan, Chief Executive of Ornua, who brings a wealth of experience in successfully leading a company through times of market volatility and uncertainty, will bring insights into how US-EU trade may be impacted by the ‘New Normal’ post COVID-19 and will guide us through the steps business can take to prepare. The discussion will be moderated by a member of the Ireland INC editorial team and will include a Q&A session. 

Registration for the webinar is essential and attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions during the live Q&A session. 

You can register your interest at the following link.


John Jordan, Chief Executive, Ornua

Pictured: John Jordan, Ornua

John Jordan is Chief Executive of Ornua. Ornua is a dairy co-operative which markets and sells dairy products on behalf of its members; Ireland’s dairy processors and, in turn, Irish dairy farmers.  Ornua is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to over 110 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2 billion and a global team of over 2,200 employees.  Ornua operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 14 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe.

Prior to taking up the role of Chief Executive, John was CEO of Ornua Foods Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia where he successfully developed long term strategies to grow Ornua’s consumer sales portfolio. This involved the regional development of Ornua’s iconic brand portfolio including Kerrygold and Pilgrim’s Choice, as well as working with Ornua’s retail partners to develop new opportunities in the private label sector of the market. Prior to this, John was CEO of DPI Speciality Foods based in California, a division of Ornua and the third largest specialty food distributor in the US. He has also held a variety of senior commercial roles within the organisation in Dublin and within international subsidiaries.

John holds an M.Sc. in Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin, an M.Sc. in Environmental Resource Management from University College Dublin and a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Dublin City University.


Pictured: Andrew O’Leary, KPMG

Andrew O’Leary, Lead Director – Working Capital Management, KPMG in Ireland

Andrew leads KPMG Ireland’s Working Capital Management team and has extensive experience working with management teams on working capital optimisation projects across a wide range of industry sectors. Andrew has led numerous engagements carrying out diagnostics assessing the working capital position of a business and then planning and helping to deliver the implementation of material cash savings and profitability improvement opportunities. 


Pictured: Hazel Cryan, KPMG

Hazel Cryan, Head of Debt Advisory, KPMG in Ireland

Hazel leads KPMG Ireland’s Debt Advisory practice. She advises leading Irish and international companies across all sectors on capital structuring and fundraising. Hazel advises on senior, unitranche and subordinated debt raises from banks and non-bank lenders alike for acquisitions, growth, working capital and other client objectives.

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