Group Board

Non-Executive Chairman


Jost Massenberg is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Group, he was appointed to the Board in February 2018 and appointed Chairman in April 2021.

Skills and Experience:
Jost was Chief Executive Officer of Benteler Distribution International GmbH, and was formerly the Chief Sales Officer and a member of the executive board of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG. He has over 30 years' experience in European steel and major manufacturing businesses. He is Chairman of VTG Aktiengesellschaft, and a non-executive director in a number of large private companies. Qualifications: PhD Business Admin

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Gene Murtagh is the Group Chief Executive. He was appointed to the Board in 1999. Skills & experience: He was previously the Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that he was managing director of the Group’s Insulated Panel business and of the Environmental business. He joined the Group in 1993, and has a deep knowledge of all of the Group’s businesses and wider building materials and energy efficiency industries.

Executive Directors

Chief Financial Officer

Geoff Doherty is the Group Chief Financial Officer. He joined the Group, and was appointed to the Board, in January 2011. Skills & experience: Prior to joining Kingspan he was the Chief Financial Officer of Greencore Group Plc, having previously worked in IWP International Plc, PricewaterhouseCoopers and BDO Simpson Xavier accountants in Dublin. He is a qualified chartered accountant with significant experience of financial management in an international manufacturing environment.

Managing Director

Gilbert McCarthy is Managing Director of the Group’s Insulated Panels businesses in the UK, Ireland, Western Europe and Australia. He was appointed to the Board in September 2011. Skills & experience: He has been with the Group for over 13 years, and was previously managing director of the Off-site division and general manager of the insulation board business. He brings to the Board his extensive knowledge of the building envelope industry, in particular in Western Europe and Australasia.

Divisional President

Russell Shiels is president of the Group's Access Floors and Insulated Panels businesses in North America. He was appointed to the Board in 1996. Skills & experience: He was previously managing director of the Group’s Building Components and Raised Access Floors businesses in the UK. He has experience in many of the Group’s key businesses. He brings to the Board his particular knowledge of the North American Building Envelope Market, as well as his understanding of the office and data centre market globally.

Non-Executive Directors

Michael Cawley was appointed to the Board in May 2014.

Skills & Experience:
Michael is a chartered accountant, and was formerly Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Chief Executive of Ryanair. Prior to joining Ryanair he had experience in a number of different distribution and manufacturing industries, including as Finance Director of the Gowan Group, one of Ireland’s largest private companies. He is also a non-executive director of Paddy Power Plc.
John Cronin was appointed to the Board in May 2014.

Skills & Experience:
John is a qualified solicitor, and chairman and partner of McCann FitzGerald. He has many years’ experience in banking, structured finance and capital market matters, and is a member of the International Bar Association.
Linda Hickey (Senior Independent Director) was appointed to the Board in June 2013.

Skills & Experience:
Linda was Head of Corporate Broking at Goodbody Capital Markets and previously she worked at NCB Stockbrokers and Merrill Lynch. She brings to the Board her considerable knowledge and experience in capital markets and corporate governance matters.

B.B.S., Registered Stockbroker
Anne Heraty was appointed to the Board in August 2019.

Skills & Experience:
Anne is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cpl Resources plc. She has circa 20 years' experience running an international recruitment and outsourcing business and is currently on the Board of IBEC, having previously held a number of non-executive directorships.

B.A. Mathematics and Economics.
Paul Murtagh was appointed to the Board in April 2021.

Skills & Experience:
Paul is the Chairman and CEO of Tibidabo Scientific Industries Ltd, and was formerly the Chairman and CEO of Faxitron Biotics LLC and Chairman of Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes Inc.
Éimear Moloney was appointed to the Board in April 2021.

Skills & Experience:
Éimear was previously a senior investment manager in Zurich Life Assurance (Irl) plc managing asset allocation and various geographic equity portfolios, and has excellent knowledge and experience of capital markets and asset management.
Senan Murphy was appointed to the Board in October 2022. 

Skills & Experience:
Senan was the Group Finance Director of CRH plc, having previously held positions as Bank of Ireland Group's Chief Operating Officer, and as COO at Ulster Bank and CFO at Airtricity. He has over 30 years' experience in international business across multiple industries including building materials, renewable energy, financial services and banking. 

Company Secretary

Lorcan Dowd was appointed Group Company Secretary in 2005.

Skills & Experience:
He qualified as a solicitor in 1992. Before joining the Group he was Director of Corporate Legal Services in PricewaterhouseCoopers in Belfast, having previously worked in private practice.

President Emeritus

Eugene Murtagh retired as Non-Executive Chairman of the Group in April 2021 and was given the honorary title of President Emeritus. Eugene founded Kingspan in the 1960s and, as CEO until 2005, he led its growth and development to become an international market leader. 

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