New and notable appointment: Johnny Fortune appointed Chairman of Kollect on Demand

By Business & Finance
07 November 2019

Kollect on Demand, the Waterford based waste management technology company has announced the appointment of Johnny Fortune as Chairman.

Based in Waterford, Ireland, Kollect is an innovator and disruptor in the waste industry, previously profiled in our Ones to Watch feature in 2017. Founded in 2015 by CEO John O’Connor with CIO, Robbie Skuse, and Operations Director, John Hegarty, Kollect is an online marketplace connecting customers looking to dispose of all types of waste with companies looking to remove it.

Johnny Fortune

Johnny Fortune has just been announced as the Chairman. Dublin-based Mr. Fortune has extensive experience in both executive and non-executive director roles in a number of public and privately-owned Irish companies. He was Chief Financial Officer of Skillsoft where he played a central role as it became the first Irish company to complete an IPO on Nasdaq New York. He is also Chairman of the highly successful Irish software provider Big Red Cloud. He was previously Chairman and co-founder of Pegasus Capital and prior to then a Director of IBI Corporate Finance.

The strengthening of its board is one of a number of steps Kollect is taking to support the delivery of a fast growth strategy that includes the immediate launch of a new market platform and the establishment of a presence in a number of identified markets outside Ireland over the next three years.

Kollect CEO, John O’Connor said:

We are very pleased to have Johnny leading out the Kollect board. He offers new perspectives on the key steps and the discipline required to manage fast growth on a sustainable basis. He is familiar with the type of capital structure that we need to underpin that growth and we look forward to him being a cornerstone influence on the business as it starts to break new ground over the coming months and years.

Mr Fortune stated:

Kollect bring a fresh approach, innovation and energy to an evolving marketplace with assured growth prospects. There is great potential across new territories, and I look forward to complementing the team and helping it to grow, expand and deliver a strong return for customers, partners and shareholders alike.