IBEC's Retail Ireland group has named Brian Donaldson, CEO of The Maxol Group, its new Chairperson. 

Donaldson, who replaces BWG CEO Willie O'Byrne, will serve two years in the position. 

Bernadette Lavery, Managing Director of Boots Ireland, will join Donaldson as his Vice-Chairperson.

Community, Donaldson said, will be a major area of focus during his tenure. 

"Not every industry can impact positively on multiple facets of life at an economic and social level, nationally and locally," he said. "The retail industry can and does."

"I know there is a lot more to be done, particularly in areas such as sustainability and climate change. But as an industry we are committed to communities and that means making a commitment to the things that are important to communities, at both a micro and a macro level. Retail is at the heart of every community in Ireland, playing an active role in keeping cities and towns alive, connected and economically vibrant"