Group Board

Non-Executive Chairman

Chairman

Eugene Murtagh is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Group. Skills & experience: He founded Kingspan in the 1960’s and, as CEO until 2005, he led its growth and development to become an international market leader. He has an unrivalled understanding of the Group, its business and ethos, and brings to the Board his leadership and governance skills.

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.

Managing Director

Peter Wilson is Managing Director of the Group’s Insulation business. He was appointed to the Board in 2003. Skills & experience: He has been with the Group since 1981, has led the insulation division since 2001, and brings to the Board over 30 years knowledge and expertise of the insulation industry 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 was appointed to the Board in June 2013.

Skills & Experience:
She is the Head of Corporate Broking at Goodbody Capital Markets, where she has worked since 2004. 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.

Qualifications:
B.B.S., Registered Stockbroker
 
Helen Kirkpatrick joined the Board in 2007.

Skills & Experience:
She is also a non-executive director of UTV Media Plc and of a number of private and not for profit companies, and was formerly a non-executive director of the International Fund for Ireland, Enterprise Equity and NI-CO Ltd. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She brings her considerable financial and business acumen to the Board.

Qualifications:
B.A., F.C.A.

 
Bruce McLennan was appointed to the Board in June 2015. 

Skills & Experience: Bruce is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Advisory at Gresham Advisory Partners Limited, a leading independent Australian mergers and acquisitions advisory business. He has over 30 years' experience in investment banking across a broad range of industries. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Securities Institute of Australia. 

Bruce is also a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel, appointments to which are made by the Australian Government.
 

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.

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