Lakeland Dairies announces new CEO to replace Roscommon native

The Board of Lakeland Dairies has announced Colin Kelly as Group CEO Designate. He is currently Managing Director for Trading and Member Relations at Ornua. 

  Mr. Kelly will take up his appointment in January 2023 succeeding Roscommon native and Group CEO Michael Hanley, who earlier this year announced that he will retire in December.

  Farmer owned Lakeland Dairies collects 2 billion litres of milk from 3,200 farm families across 16 counties on a cross border basis. The co-operative makes a wide range of dairy food ingredients, foodservice and consumer products, which it exports to over 80 countries worldwide, in addition to comprehensive agribusiness operations.

  Colin Kelly will join Lakeland Dairies having worked at Ornua since 2011, where he has held a range of senior finance and general management positions.

  Prior to his current role at Ornua, he served as Head of Strategy Planning and Risk Management and before this as President and also as Chief Financial Officer of Ornua Ingredients North America. Before joining Ornua, he was a Senior Auditor with Deloitte. A native of Lusmagh, Co. Offaly, he is an Accounting and Finance graduate of University of Limerick and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

  Niall Matthews, Chairman, Lakeland Dairies said: “Colin’s knowledge and experience of the Irish and international dairy industry will be of significant benefit to Lakeland Dairies where he will lead the ongoing future progress, growth and success of our co-operative in the interests of our 3,200 farm families, our staff and our global customer base”.

  Colin Kelly, CEO Designate of Lakeland Dairies said: “I am privileged to join Lakeland Dairies in the position of CEO. I recognise the enormity of the role and the proud history of the organisation. I am excited by the challenge and look forward, in conjunction with the Board, to leading the business to continued and sustained success in the years to come”.