New and notable appointments at Equinix, Mulrines, BDO in Ireland and Low Carbon

Appointments | Thu 23 Feb | Author – Business & Finance
Pictured (L–R): Peter Lantry, Managing Director for Ireland, Equinix

There were new and notable appointments this week at Equinix, Mulrines, BDO in Ireland and Low Carbon

Peter Lantry, Managing Director for Ireland

Equinix, a digital infrastructure company, has appointed Peter Lantry as its Managing Director for Ireland. Lantry will lead Equinix’s business in Ireland, working closely with customers to support their growth and targets as data volumes continue to rise, whilst driving the key environmental and community engagement initiatives so crucial to the sustainable goals and vision of the country and Equinix.

Lantry joins Equinix from Hitachi Energy, where he was Country Managing Director and Global Data Centre Lead with a focus on developing sustainable energy solutions for the industry. He brings with him almost two decades’ experience in senior managerial and director roles in large enterprises in technology and the Irish energy sector.

Lantry also previously held the position of Head of Interconnection at EirGrid, where he ran the High Voltage Direct Current interconnection business. His time at EirGrid included working as senior project manager on the award-winning East-West Interconnector, which connects the Irish and British electricity markets and was the largest capital project within the company’s capital programme at the time.

Peter Lantry, Managing Director for Ireland at Equinix, said: “I feel very privileged to be joining a company that is so clearly committed to helping the country and it’s thriving digital economy grow sustainably. Joining Equinix presents a unique opportunity to champion the important work the company does in underpinning Ireland’s growth through its unique global platform and digital services, as well as helping customers to meet their ambitious sustainability targets.”

Commenting on Lantry’s appointment, Judith Gardiner, Vice President for Growth and Emerging Markets at Equinix said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Peter to Equinix in his new role as Managing Director for Ireland. Ireland continues to be an extremely important market for both Equinix and the digital infrastructure sector, and so it was vital we found someone with the calibre and experience of Peter, who can build on our success and continue to grow the business in Ireland, sustainably and strategically.”

Managing Director, Michael Lyttle,

Pictured (from l-r):Peter Mulrine, Chairman of Mulrines, and Michael Lyttle, Managing Director

Irish juice production company Mulrines has appointed Michael Lyttle as its new Managing Director.  With 20 years’ experience across the FMCG sector, the new Managing Director will play a key role in supporting the company’s growth plans which has recently seen it investing in new production capacity in the Ballybofey factory along with £10m in a new production facility in Sion Mills, creating 54 jobs over the next three years.

Announcing the appointment Peter Mulrine, Chairman of Mulrines said, “I’m delighted to welcome Michael to Mulrines at this very exciting time for our business following the investment in both our Ballybofey site and our new juice & plant-based production and warehousing facility in Sion Mills which will support new product development and market growth opportunities.  He has a proven track record in developing and leading large teams in multi-site manufacturing environments, which is a skillset that will play an important role in the growth and expansion of our business.

“Michael has a wealth of operational and supply chain leadership experience and his knowledge of both the Irish and UK retail and foodservice sectors and the drinks industry in general will be invaluable to the company in the years ahead.

Speaking about his new role as MD of Mulrines, Michael Lyttle commented: “I’m very excited about taking on this role with an established and ambitious business like Mulrines. Since 1919 in Ballybofey, County Donegal, the Mulrines family have steadily built a dynamic and innovative organisation. In recent years, this same entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in the development of over 300 acres of apple orchards in Kildare. Now with the Sion Mills investment and the additional capability we can offer customers, I am honoured to have the opportunity to join this fantastic team and help set the course for what promises to be a very exciting future”.

Lyttle joins the company from Hilton Foods Ireland where he spent the last two years as Managing Director. A graduate of Ulster University and Hult Ashridge International Business School, he previously worked at Mulrines, and held senior roles in Moy Park and Lakeland Dairies.

The fourth-generation Mulrines family business includes apple orchards, juice pressing, blending, and the production of fruit juices, fruit drinks and plant-based beverages, for the retail, wholesale and food service sectors in the Republic of Ireland, UK and other markets.

Brian McEnery, Managing Partner
BDO in Ireland

Pictured: Brian McEnery, Managing Partner, BDO in Ireland

BDO, an accounting, tax, consulting, and advisory firm, is delighted to announce the appointment of Brian McEnery as Managing Partner. He succeeds Michael Costello following a successful nine-year term and will begin his tenure on March 1st, 2023.

 This announcement comes after BDO in Ireland last week moved into their new Dublin HQ at Miesian Plaza on Lower Baggot Street. The firm is investing over €5m to facilitate the move and creating 100 new jobs over the next twelve months.

A Limerick native, Brian McEnery joined BDO in Ireland in 1995 and qualified as an ACCA while working in Corporate Finance at the BDO Limerick office. In 2012 McEnery re-joined the firm as a partner, and since then, has been instrumental in developing the healthcare, corporate restructuring, and turnaround practices. In 2018, he became BDO’s Head of Advisory Services and its International Liaison Partner.

Throughout his career, McEnery has been heavily involved in the accounting profession and the wider business has held many leadership positions. These include the roles of: Worldwide President of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chair of HIQA, Board Member & Chair of the Audit Committee of NAMA, Board member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), and also represents ACCA on the Members Assembly of Accountancy Europe.

Michael Costello, who is stepping down as Managing Partner at the end of February 2023, will remain with BDO as part of the senior leadership team.

Speaking on his appointment, Brian McEnery said: “I am thrilled to be appointed Managing Partner of BDO in Ireland. I want to thank Michael for the stellar work done under his leadership and the substantial contribution he has made to our firm. We have achieved record growth and adapted to change with an unwavering commitment to success during his tenure.

Siobhan Temple, Chief Technology Officer,
Low Carbon

Low Carbon, the global renewable energy company, has announced the appointment of Siobhan Temple as Chief Technology Officer.

Temple has extensive experience in strategy and systems architecture, global transformation, cyber security and data analytics. In her new role, she will lead the development of the technology and data platforms that underpin Low Carbon’s ambitious growth agenda, to support the acceleration of the strategy through data insight and innovation.

A B-certified corporation, Low Carbon was founded to make the biggest impact it can against climate change through the creation of renewable energy at scale. As it embarks on an ambitious growth plan to create 20GW of new renewable energy capacity and achieve net zero by 2030, data will form a key part of Low Carbon’s world class execution and readiness to operate its growing international portfolio across the UK and Europe including Romania, Finland, Sweden, and Germany. The use of data will help to maximise financial performance, enhance investor returns and increase the company’s impact on climate change.

Prior to joining Low Carbon, Temple held technology leadership roles at Centrica and KPMG covering all areas of the technology landscape. Earlier in her career, she worked in finance and risk management, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in South Africa before transferring to the London office in 2002.

Her appointment at Low Carbon follows the recent announcement of the construction of seven new large-scale solar farms in the UK and the Netherlands, using the business’s multi-bank financing facility from NatWest, Lloyds Bank, and AIB. Announced in September 2022, the facility is targeting 1GW of solar capacity, as part of Low Carbon’s target to create 20GW of new renewable energy capacity by the end of the decade. Late last year, Low Carbon also announced that it will be constructing 1GW of onshore wind projects in Romania.

Roy Bedlow, Founder and Chief Executive of Low Carbon said: “At Low Carbon we are building a net-zero company that will power tomorrow and protect the planet for future generations. Siobhan’s experience in leading organisations through digital transformation will be invaluable, and will help us to achieve our goal of creating 20GW of new renewable energy capacity and achieving net zero by the end of the decade. Currently, Low Carbon is managing more than 1TB of data from operational renewable energy assets. Optimising this data will better enable us to develop, construct and operate renewable energy at scale for the benefit of our investment partners and the planet.”

Siobhan Temple said: “I am thrilled to be joining Low Carbon as it scales up to deliver 20 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. As a purpose-led company, Low Carbon has an impressive track record of delivering projects. I look forward to supporting the company’s growth strategy, using the power of technology to expand into new territories and build out new renewable energy capacity globally.”

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