Tom O’Mahony, chief executive of the Origin Enterprises group of agribusinesses since it was formed, is to retire from the company at the end of 2020. He will be succeeded by the group’s chief financial officer Sean Coyle.
Mr O’Mahony started his agribusiness career with the Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society (IAWS) in 1985. Origin was formed in 2006 to group together all the IAWS’s agribusiness interests, including fertiliser blending, feed materials imports and fishmeal manufacture. In 2008 it acquired the Masstock group of agronomy service companies, followed by UAP in 2011. Both were integrated into Agrii.
Under Mr O’Mahony’s tenure, Origin revenues grew from €0.82m to €1.8 billion, with activities extended from Ireland and the UK to Poland, Romania, the Ukraine and, most recently, Brazil.
Mr Coyle becomes chief executive from July 1st with a leadership transition over the rest of the year. He joined Origin as Group CFO 2018, after group finance director roles at UDG Healthcare and Aer Lingus Group, and senior management positions at Ryanair Holdings.
“After 35 years at Origin and the last 13 as Group CEO, it is an appropriate time for change,” states Mr O’Mahony. “I am very proud of the organisation we have built and the strength of its people, and leadership teams. Origin is well positioned to capitalise on its scale and competitive advantages as it continues to address the increasingly complex and sophisticated service requirements of primary food producers and amenity professionals.
“Sean combines the necessary leadership qualities with a strong intellectual capacity and a clear communication style to bring the Group through its next phase of growth and development.”