The Board of the daa has today appointed Kevin Toland as the company’s new Chief Executive. Toland (47) joins daa from Glanbia, where he currently is Chief Executive and President of Glanbia USA & Global Nutritionals, based in Chicago, Illinois. A native of Navan, Co Meath, Toland has been a member of the Board of Glanbia plc since 2003.
Under Toland’s guidance, Glanbia USA & Global Nutritionals has grown to become the largest manufacturer and exporter of American style cheese in the United States, and the number one globally in sports nutrition. The division he headed employs more than 2,600 people in four global business units, with 14 manufacturing plants as well as sales and marketing operations across North America, Europe and Asia.
“Kevin is exactly the right leader for daa,” said daa Chairman Pádraig Ó Ríordáin. “He combines pragmatic, effective management with strategic purpose and has a remarkable track record of success. We are very fortunate to have secured an executive of Kevin’s ability and international experience to drive the company forward, not just for the benefit of daa, but for the benefit of the Irish economy as a whole.”
Toland said he was honoured to have been selected for the role. “I am delighted to get the opportunity to lead one of Ireland's iconic companies and to contribute to its continued successful development at home and internationally. daa has a pivotal role to play in the national economic recovery and I am greatly looking forward to returning home and working closely with the entire daa team and all stakeholders to fulfil this goal."
Toland takes up the position on 1 January 2013 and his appointment is for a seven-year term.In making the announcement, Ó Ríordáin paid strong tribute to Oliver Cussen, the current Interim Chief Executive, and to Declan Collier who concluded his term as Chief Executive in April.