End of an era as Kilkenny Group appoints new CEO
Evelyn Moynihan has been appointed CEO of Kilkenny Group, the leading family-owned Irish retailer and owner of the iconic Kilkenny Design Centre in the Castle Yard.
The appointment was announced by Marian O’Gorman, the Kilkenny Group owner and former CEO, who will take on the new role of Group Chairperson.
Evelyn Moynihan joined Kilkenny Group as Marketing and Business Development Director in November 2019, assuming responsibility for the long-established luxury retailer’s marketing, innovation, e-commerce, IT, supply chain and buying functions. In a statement, the company credited Ms Moynihan will driving the group’s “successful transition to a strong omni-channel presence in the past year”, as well as planning future development strategy Marian O’Gorman, who has been CEO for more than 10 years.
The Kilkenny Group said: “Vastly experience in the retail and FMCG sectors, Evelyn Moynihan has over 20 years’ experience with major Irish corporates. She previously held senior roles with drinks industry leader, Diageo, and, most recently, with Musgrave Group, the country’s largest grocery distributor which accounts for a €4 billion turnover across its wholesale, foodservices and branded retail operation.”
Speaking about her appointment, Ms Moynihan said: “It is an honour to take the reins at this point, working with Marian [O’Gorman], our experienced management team and the talented and loyal retail team, to continue the task of championing Irish design and creating innovative and inspiring customer experiences.”
Marian O’Gorman said she is confident her successor she will have “a hugely positive impact on the business”.
She added: “Evelyn has already had a significant impact on the business, since joining as a director. She has brought a wealth of skills and experience and a relentless focus on the customer. I am confident this appointment will really strengthen the Kilkenny team and support future strategy development and growth, as we transition to a truly omnichannel global Irish design offering.”