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Management team

Alan Walsh

President and Chief Executive Officer


Alan has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since November 2011 after having served since July 1, 2011 as interim chief executive officer, and prior to that, as chief financial officer from July 2009. Alan served as our interim chief financial officer from May 2020 until October 2020. Alan was appointed a director of Intelligent Packaging Limited GP Inc. on October 15, 2020. Alan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and subsequently worked with Matheson and AXIS Capital. He graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in International Commerce. Alan is also a non-executive director of Pioneer Green Energy LLC. 


Kerry McConnell

Chief Financial Officer

Kerry joined us in October 2020, following the Completion Date, as Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for leading the finance function for the entire organization. Kerry brings extensive experience to IPL as a CFO and Executive Director gained across industry and financial services. Kerry is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and graduated with a BBS in Finance from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC. Kerry subsequently worked with CRH, Coillte, Bank of Ireland and RSA. In her most recent role at RSA Insurance Group, Kerry held the position of Chief Financial Officer Ireland and completed a two-year secondment at the London headquarters of the FTSE 100 listed company as Group Investor Relations Director. Kerry is also a non-executive member of the Strategy Committee of the Irish State Claims Agency, part of the Irish National Treasury Management Agency.

Conor Sugrue

Chief Operating Officer

Conor Sugrue was appointed Chief Operating Officer of IPL in December 2020. He joined IPL in 2007 in a corporate development role prior to being appointed General Manager of MGB Plastics in 2008. Conor held the role of Commercial Director of our LF&E Europe division until August 2015 on being promoted to the role of Managing Director for our LF&E Europe division. He held this position until his appointment as Chief Operating Officer. Conor qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 2006 and has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Systems from Dublin City University.

Ida Murphy

Chief Information Officer

Ida was appointed Chief Information Officer in December 2020 having joined IPL in April 2018 as Head of IT. Ida has over 25 years of technical and management experience in Information technology, delivering complex digital transformations across large organizations in a wide range of industry sectors including banking, consulting, food, media, defence and utilities. From July 2008 to March 2018, Ida was employed by Ervia, an Irish commercial semi-state and a multi-utility company providing gas and water services across Ireland where she held a number of senior IT roles including Head of IT for Shared Services, Head of IT Irish Water and Head of Applications. Ida is a Software Engineering graduate from the Limerick Institute of Technology.

Benjamin Nominé

Chief Human Resources Officer

Benjamin has 20 years of direct experience in human resources management, including more than ten years in business partnering at international level and coordinating the human resources activities of numerous subsidiaries in Asia, Europe, Africa, South and North America. He has a successful track record of human resource organization transformation and digitalization in a global environment and embarking human resource teams in the change process. Benjamin’s experience covers a number of industry sectors: Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices, Construction, Energy, Automation, Electronic and Software, the Steel Industry and the Oil & Gas industry. Benjamin has an MBA from Dublin City University and Reims Management School and a degree in Biological Engineering & Microbiology from Pierre and Marie Curie University.

PJ Browne

Chief Risk Officer & Company Secretary

PJ Browne joined us in 2017 and is the Chief Risk Officer & Company Secretary. He is also a non-executive director of Altas Investments plc. Prior to joining IPL, PJ held a number of positions within the areas of risk management, internal audit, compliance and company secretarial. From 2006 to 2008, PJ was Company Secretary and Head of Internal Audit & Risk Management at AgCert International plc, a FTSE-listed company and from 2008 to 2015, PJ held a similar position at EcoSecurities Group plc, an AIM-listed company involved in the origination and certification of carbon credits. From 2015 to 2017, PJ worked for CircleK Ireland (formerly Topaz Energy Group Limited) and ACTAVO Group Limited in a number of roles including Head of Internal Audit, Head of Shared Services and Head of Risk & Compliance. PJ qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in Dublin and graduated from University College Galway with an honours degree in Commerce.

John Nyhan

Senior Vice President and Managing Director - Environmental, Returnable and Industrial Solutions

John joined us in April 2019 and was appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director – Environmental, Returnable and Industrial Solutions (“ERIS”) division in December 2020, having previously served as Vice President and General Manager of the LF&E NA division.  A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland, John has many years of experience, at CFO and CEO level specializing more in Turnaround and Performance Improvement in industries such as Food and Agri, Seafood, Waste Recovery, and Retail.  John obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.

Conor McCarthy

Senior Vice President & General Manager - Consumer Packaging Solutions

Conor joined IPL in October 2018, after over 20 years in professional services, most recently with Investec. Conor initially had responsibility for Group Corporate Development and Strategy, taking over responsibility for the Consumer Packaging Solutions division in January 2020. Conor graduated from University College Cork, before training as a chartered accountant with PwC.