Patrick O’Donoghue, Chief Executive Officer

  • 30+ years experience in all aspects of hotel & tourism sector
  • Former president of Killarney Chamber, former IHF Kerry Branch chairperson, Board Member and Communications Spokesperson for Kerry Tourism Industry Federation
  • Considerable experience of leading teams
  • Strong understanding of all aspects of the hospitality business

Ciaran Cronin, Chief Financial Officer

  • BComm, FCA,
  • 25+ years’ experience in Food, Technology, Environmental Services and Hospitality Industries.
  • Experience in managing Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Logistics, Wholesale and Retail operations.
  • Experience in M&A, large ERP Systems implementation, Large Capital project management, Insolvency, raising Finance.

Mark Egan, Director Gleneagle INEC Arena

  • Over 20+ years’ experience in live events (Public and Corporate)
  • Senior position held with MCI Group
  • Experience in delivering high end productions – Conference, Destination and Event Management
  • Experience in delivering global live communication projects

Breffní Ingerton, Director of Business Tourism

  • Experience with the Group spans 25 years and an active member of the Irish tourism and hospitality industry
  • Leads the business tourism strategy for the Group
  • Represents the Irish Hotels Federation on the Fáilte Ireland Business Tourism Working Group since 2016, Board Member of Kerry Convention Bureau since 2017 and Chairperson Ireland BikeFest Killarney since 2007
  • Responsible for relationship management, developing and implementing strategy; contracting; festival and event management

John Dolan, The Gleneagle Group General Manager

  • Career highlights include opening a 600 room hotel in Taiwan in one of the tallest buildings in Asia 1999 / 2000, operating one of the busiest F&B operations within Hilton International Asia / Pacific region
  • Previous experience in Ireland includes being General Manager at Landmark Hotel Ireland and establishing this hotel as one of the best hotels and wedding venues in the northwest
  • Current role as Group GM in The Gleneagle Group provides John with new challenges supporting and mentoring General Managers in all properties

Ciara O’Grady, Director of Arts, Innovation & Corporate Services

  • BA, H.Dip., MBA
  • Previous roles include Director of Fundraising & Events at the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght and Sponsorship Programme Manager at Bord Gáis Energy
  • Current role includes remit of Arts programming, Corporate agreements and stakeholder engagement at senior management level

Eilis Loughrey, Group Human Resources Manager.

  • Graduate of Cathal Brugha St in Hotel and Catering Management, diploma in HRM with IBEC / DIT and Msc in HRM from University of Limerick
  • 17 years’ experience with the Gleneagle Hotel Group in a range of HR roles and as Group Human Resources Manager for the past eight years
  • Believes very strongly in enabling and supporting people to meet their full potential “The influence HR has in areas of employee engagement, health and wellness, communication and organisational culture is fundamental to organisational success”

Valerie Steinbeck, Group Marketing Revenue & Ecommerce Manager

  • BA (Hons) Business and Tourism, Google Ads certified, Growth marketing professional.
  • 9 years experience with the Gleneagle Group as manager of central reservations and group marketing division. IHI Hospitality Manager of the year ‘Revenue’ 2015,
  • Previous roles include Regional Director of Supply for CnG Travel Group (Tzell), Channel Project Manager Bookassist, and Director of Sales, Revenue & eCommerce for Travelodge Ireland.
  • Responsible for the strategy, tactics and programs to create interest, demand and revenue through the use of PR, Product Marketing, Creative Services, Advertising, Strategic Relationships, Direct, Event, Channel and Online Marketing.