Tara McCarthy has been appointed to succeed Aian Cotter, chief executive of Bord Bia who retires at the end of 2016.

BIM McCarthy

Announcing the appointment, Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said Ms McCarthy would bring a “wealth of domestic and international experience to her new role” at a very important juncture in the agri-food industry during this period of “challenge and transition”.

Minister Creed paid tribute to Aidan Cotter for his “superb leadership skills and qualities of strength and determination” that delivered excellence in Bord Bia market insight, quality and promotion servcies “and a close partnership with the agri-food sector in driving sustainable growth”.

Bord Bia chairman Michael Carey said Tara McCarthy has “clearly demonstrated her leadership capabilities” during a 20-year career in the agri-food industry.

“Tara is exceptionally well qualified to take the organisation to the next level, with a deep understanding of the work of Bord Bia. She has proven to be a strong leader and fully appreciates the need to build close relationships with the organisation’s key stakeholders.”

Reacting to her appointment, Tara McCarthy said it was “an honour” to be asked to lead Bord Bia. “Our total exports target of €19m, as set out by ‘FoodWise 2025’ is ambitious, yet achievable.” She also paid tribute to her predecessor, Aidan Cotter. “I hope to build upon his outstanding work” over the coming years.

Tara McCarthy took up position of BIM chief exective in September 2015.