Tara McCarthy has been named as the new chief executive of Bord Bia. 

Ms McCarthy will succeed current CEO Aidan Cotter, who will retire in January 2017.

Bord Bia is a state agency with the aim of promoting sales of Irish food and horticulture both abroad and at home. 

Tara McCarthy is currently chief executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara, a position she had held since September, 2015. 

Before this, she worked with Bord Bia for over 20 years, holding a number of senior positions, including Senior Manager of Consumer Foods Division and Director of Food and Beverage Division. 

Bord Bia chairman Michael Carey said the competition for the CEO role was very intense and throughout the robust process, the panel was hugely impressed by the high calibre of candidates. 

"Tara is exceptionally well qualified to take the organisation to the next level, with a deep understanding of the work of Bord Bia. She has proven to be a strong leader and fully appreciates the need to build close relationships with the organisation’s key stakeholders," Mr Carey added.