New directors appointed to board of Waterford Airport Company
The board of Waterford Airport Company has announced the appointment of two new directors, Pat Gilhooly, Managing Director of Hasbro Ireland and John F Condon, former Director, Human Resources and Public Affairs, Merck Sharp & Dohme (Ireland) Ltd, Clonmel, and currently managing director of John Condon & Associates Ltd.
The new directors were welcomed by Waterford Airport Chairman, Dan Browne, who said the appointment of two of the most senior business figures in the region would be of very significant benefit to the airport.
“Both Pat Gilhooly and John Condon have demonstrated enormous commitment to the region in which their businesses are located,” said Mr Browne. “In addition to holding down very demanding careers in international business, both men found the time and energy to contribute their time and talents to the wider community and I look forward to working with the new directors. I believe that the depth of experience and new insights which both men bring to the airport, one of our most important regional infrastructural assets, will support its further development.”
“I would also like to sincerely thank retiring board members Mr. Tom Sheridan and Mr. Sean Power for their years of service on the Waterford Airport board.” Mr. Browne continued.
Pat Gilhooly is Head of Global Manufacturing with Hasbro Inc and is Managing Director of Hasbro Ireland, Waterford. He has worked with Hasbro for over 30 years where he has been involved in a variety of disciplines and has managed operations in the UK, Spain and USA. His global responsibilities mean that he currently spends about a quarter of his time in US.
Mr Gilhooly has been active in a number of community and business organisations, including serving as a director of Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Waterford Harbour Board, Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC), as well as being chairman of Irish Management Institute (IMI) South East; Chairman of Splashworld/Tramore Failte and President and Regional Governor of Lions Club.
A native of Dublin, Pat graduated from UCD with an Honours Bachelors of Commerce and is a Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA). Married to Dolores, they have four adult children.
John F Condon is Managing Director of John Condon & Associates Ltd, established in 2008 to provide business, management, human resources and public affairs consultancy to companies in Ireland. He is a graduate of University College Cork and is currently living in Clonmel. He is a former Director of Human Resources with Merck Sharpe & Dohme, a position he held for over twenty years. He also held the position of Director of Public Affairs for Merck’s manufacturing division in Europe where he had responsibility for eleven manufacturing sites. He is a former chairperson of the American Chamber of Commerce and President of the Irish Business & Employers Confederation in the South East. He is currently a member of the American Chamber of Commerce and the International Federation of Coaches.
“I’m honoured and delighted to be joining the board of Waterford Airport at this important time in its on-going development,” he said. “I believe the airport is one of the key pillars in the development of the South East Region. I look forward to working with the other board members in advancing the development of the airport and the region as a whole.”
Pictured at their inaugural board meeting are new Waterford Airport Directors John Condon and Pat Gilhooly with Waterford Airport Chairman Dan Browne and Waterford Airport CEO Graham Doyle. Photograph John Power.