West Cork-based cheese group Carbery has appointed Cormac O'Keeffe as Chairman of the company, to succeed TJ Sullivan.

In addition, Dermot O’Leary, Chairman of Bandon Co-op, has been appointed Vice-Chair of the organisation.

Cormac O’Keeffe, a dairy farmer from Courleigh, Clonakilty, joined the Lisavaird board in 2006 and has held several roles.

He has also previously been Vice-Chairman of Shinagh Estates and a board member of Munster Bovine and the National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC).

Mr O’Keeffe said he is looking forward to taking on the role.

"The company is essential to the farmers of West Cork and we are also now a significant global business.

"I am excited about working with my fellow board members and the management team as we continue to focus on growing the business and securing a stable future for the farmers of West Cork and the 900 Carbery employees worldwide," he said.

Mr Sullivan will step down from the Carbery Board.

Carbery makes Dubliner Cheese and Carbery Cracker for the Irish market as well as cheese for export under the Ornua brands

Headquartered in Ballineen, County Cork, it is owned by four Irish co-operatives – Bandon, Barryroe, Drinagh and Lisavaird and employs over 900 people.

Earlier this year the company reported a "solid" financial performance for 2020 as group turnover increased by 5.8% to just under €460m.