Nestlé has appointed Kieran Conroy as the new country manager for Ireland.

Conroy assumes responsibility for Nestlé Ireland’s operations and its portfolio of products across the coffee, hot beverages, confectionery, pet care, nutrition and food categories.

Conroy has over 20 years of experience in the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) and pharmaceutical sectors.

He has held a variety of senior management and leadership roles in Nestlé UK and Ireland. He previously held the position of head of sales, becoming a director of Nestlé Ireland whilst also sitting on the Nestlé UK and Ireland Sales Leadership Team. 

With a background of senior roles in sales, category and brand management, Conroy has been with Nestlé for over 13 years, joining as a customer business manager while during his career, also serving as country category manager for Purina Ireland.

‘World-class team’

Speaking about his new role, Conroy said: “It is a very exciting time to take responsibility for leading the Nestlé business in Ireland at the world’s largest food and beverage company.

“I am excited to continue to work closely with our world-class team based in Citywest, together with our valued customers, to delight our consumers with our brand propositions such as Nescafé, Starbucks, KitKat, Smarties, Felix, Bakers, SMA and Carnation.

I am equally passionate about working with all of our stakeholders to progress the nutrition, health and wellness agenda in Ireland and deliver our sustainability objectives including our global ambition to half carbon emissions by 2030.

Originally from Kilkenny, Conroy is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing Techniques.

Conroy also joins the Nestlé UK and Ireland Management Board and succeeds Andrew Shaw, who is taking up the role of group supply chain director for Nestlé UK and Ireland.