Patrick Coveney, chief executive officer of Greencore Group, has been appointed president of IGD by its Board of Trustees. Already an active member of IGD’s Policy Issues Council, Patrick will take on the Presidency from Andrew Higginson on 1 January 2021.
Coveney has led Greencore since 2008, and previously served as the Group’s chief financial officer. He also currently serves as a non-executive director of Glanbia, an Irish global nutrition group, and Non-Executive Chairman of Core Media, Ireland’s largest marketing communications group. Before joining Greencore, Coveney was managing partner of McKinsey & Co., Ireland. As the first CEO of a private label manufacturer to be appointed to the role of president, Coveney brings unique knowledge and industry experience to the role, thus marking a new and exciting chapter in IGD’s journey.
Susan Barratt, CEO of IGD, said: “I am delighted to welcome Patrick as IGD President. With many years’ industry experience, Patrick is incredibly well respected across the sector. His experiences of private label food manufacturing, alongside his vision and leadership during the challenging times that the industry is facing, will help bring a new perspective to our organisation. I am very much looking forward to working together as we drive the evolution of IGD.”
Coveney said: “It is a privilege to become President of IGD, an organisation that I have enjoyed working closely with for many years. I am looking forward to working alongside the Trustees, PIC members and Executive team, to make a positive impact during this period of immense change for the food and consumer goods industry.”