Pat Freeman

Managing Director of Kingspan Environmental, Northern Ireland

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It is all about the people. 

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How long have you worked for Kingspan?
40 years

What’s Kingspan like to work for?
It is a very flat and open structure. We always keep our eyes and ears open to spot talent and find the right position for them.

My Kingspan career in three words:
Fantastic, passionate, rapid.



Your story
When I was 17 I asked Eoin McCarthy, the workshop manager at that time, if he had a job for me. I worked there for 18 months when an opportunity opened in the sales office. I did everything from answering technical questions, to organising the marketing. I even remember loading lorries and putting orders in the boot of my car to deliver to a customer. In 1983, I started as a Sales Rep on the road, four years later, I moved to take the Dublin region and got my first supervisory role. I then became the Sales Manager for all of Ireland. This meant being Technical Manager, Customer Service Manager, Marketing Manager - effectively controlling everything. I did this for a number of years and was appointed Director in 1999. In 2005 Gene Murtagh, CEO, asked me to run the Insulation business in Castleblayney as Business Unit Director for the Irish market. By 2010 and three aquisitions later I was looking after all four businesses. When we stepped into the Australian market, that too became my remit. In 2014, I decided to make a change and took my current role as Managing Director of Kingspan Environmental.

 

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