John Teeling, Teeling Whiskey
John Teeling is an entrepreneur who has demonstrated through
his varied career an understanding of markets and a skill in serving
them profitably. He has had at least three career strands in his life
so far, academic, explorer and whiskey distiller. He has established
numerous companies, some of which are listed on the London
Stock Exchange. As Executive Chairman of the 162 Group,
which today owns multiple businesses in mining, exploration and
alternative energy, John’s highest profile venture, Cooley Whiskey,
was sold to Jim Beam for $95 million, and he is currently building a
number of new distilleries.
Like many successful businesspeople, John began working while
still a teenager, and by winning a number of scholarships he was
able to undertake third-level studies in business.
John has had a long career in Irish business. He lectured in
Business Administration at UCD for 20 years, and he holds degrees
from UCD (B.Comm, M.Econ.Sc.), an MBA from Wharton Business
School, and a doctorate from Harvard Business School.
John is a firm believer in the necessity for Ireland to develop our
own sustainable, competitive native Irish business base in order
to ensure our long-term success. He also passionately believes in
the need for marketing to be entrepreneurial in nature, idea-driven,
practical, energetic, resilient and prepared to take calculated risks.