Bank of Ireland has appointed Lucy Ryan as Head of Food & Beverage Sector on its Business Banking Sectors team. Ryan will focus on growing the Bank’s food and beverage lending and funding operations, guiding and working with businesses in the food and beverage industry across the country to tackle the challenges currently facing the sector.
Ryan brings a vast amount of experience to her new role, with over 25 years’ experience working with major food, beverage and alcohol companies including Diageo, C&C Group and Valeo Foods in Ireland, Italy and the UK. She joins Bank of Ireland from BFree Foods, a Dublin-based provider of gluten-free bread and bakery products.
In addition, Lucy holds a degree in languages from University College Cork and a Post Graduate qualification from UCD Smurfit Business school.
Discussing Lucy’s appointment, Jilly Clarkin, head of Customer Journeys & SME Markets at Bank of Ireland, said: “We are delighted to appoint Lucy to this very important role leading the Food & Beverage Sector. Lucy possesses vast domestic and international knowledge and experience of working within the food and beverage industries, knowing what works to establish and grow successful brands and what it takes to sustain them in ultra-competitive markets.
It’s an exciting time for Lucy to be taking up this role, with a variety of changes and challenges impacting businesses across the food and beverage sectors. I’m sure that Lucy’s extensive industry knowhow will help both new and existing food and beverage businesses to achieve their short-term goals and support their long-term aims.”