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2013 Celtic Ball Honorees

GARY MCGANN
Recipient of the International Sir Michael Smurfit Business Achievement Award

Gary McGann is Group Chief Executive Officer of the Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) which has turnover of in excess of €7.3 billion and employs more than 40,000 employees in almost 350 operations.

Before joining the (then) Jefferson Smurfit Group in 1998 he held various executive positions at senior VP or CEO level in Irish industry in both the private and public sector. In 1968 he joined the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office as an auditor. He joined LM Ericsson Limited as Management Accountant in 1978 and later became Group Financial Controller of the Irish companies of LM Ericsson Group. He joined Gilbeys of Ireland Group as Group Finance Director in 1988 and was appointed Chief Executive in late 1991. He was also Chief Executive of their IFSC Company “Grand Met Finance Ireland” which he helped found in 1990. In early 1994, the Irish Government appointed him as Group Chief Executive of Aer Lingus, a position he held until 1998. He joined the Smurfit Group as Chief Financial Officer in August 1998. He was appointed President & Chief Operations Officer in December 1999, and was elected to the Group’s Board in January 2000. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in November 2002.

Gary is Chairman of Aon Ireland, is a Director of United Drug plc and IBEC (Irish Business and Employers Confederation), and a member of ERT (European Round Table of Industrialists).

Gary obtained a Bachelor of Arts from U.C.D., is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Accountants, and holds a Masters degree in Management Science.

Gary is a member of Las Brisas Golf Club, RIAC, Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, and The Kildare Hotel & Country Club.

He is married to Moira and they have 3 daughters and two granddaughters. He enjoys golf, music and theatre.