All Ireland Marketing Champion 2015

Gary McGann, Smurfit Kappa

Gary McGann is Group Chief Executive Officer of Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG), which under his leadership has become one of the world's leading paper-based packaging companies, generating turnover in excess of €8 billion last year and employing 42,000 people in over 350 operations. Gary has led the company since 2002, overseen the merger of Jefferson Smurfit Group and Kappa Packaging in 2005, five major re-financings and a number of major acquisitions. Earlier this year he was named European Paper Industry CEO of the Year and is a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists. Over the preceding 20 years, Gary held a number of business leadership positions including Chief Executive of Gilbeys of Ireland Group, where he oversaw total group re-structuring, and Chief Executive of Aer Lingus Group plc, where he turned the company around from bankruptcy. Gary has become known for his determination to win through challenging times, an essential trait for modern business, and he has fully earned his international reputation as an effective corporate leader with exceptional business turnaround skills, including a firm appreciation of the importance of branding in business strategy.