Dairy co-operative Ornua has elected Aidan O'Driscoll as Chair of its board of directors.

Mr O'Driscoll replaces Denis Cregan, who has retired from the role after a three-year tenure.

Aidan O'Driscoll's career spans over 40 years in both domestic and international agri-food trade, economics, policy and leadership.

His most recent appointment was that of Chair of the Commission on the Defence Forces, a role he took up in 2020 after serving as Secretary General of the Department of Justice for two years.

Before this he worked in a variety of high-level positions in the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine and served as Secretary General of the Department from 2015-2018, Assistant Secretary General for Finance, EU Affairs, Economics and Climate Change from 2001 to 2015 and Chief Economist of the Department from 1995 to 2001.

He has also worked in Africa with Irish Aid and with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and is a former Chairman of the Committee on World Food Security.

"I am honoured to be elected Chair of the Ornua Board. Having closely followed Ornua's journey for many years, I am hugely impressed with the global commercial success it has achieved, whilst always staying loyal to its cooperative heritage and returning value back to Irish farming families," Aidan O'Driscoll said.

Ornua is the country's biggest buyer of Irish dairy products and exports to 110 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2.5 billion and a global team of 2,900 employees.

Ornua operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 16 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe.

Its consumer brands including Kerrygold, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Kerrygold Avantage, Forto and BEO.