Leading Kerry to Better

Kerry’s global executive team is responsible for the leadership, control and long-term development of the taste and nutrition business. Together with regional leadership, the team has led the continuous evolution of the company and established Kerry as a global leader in the food, beverage and pharma industries.


Gerry Behan | President & CEO

Gerry joined Kerry’s Graduate Programme as a Staff Accountant and Controller in 1986 after graduating from the University College Cork. In 1988, he transferred to the U.S. to serve as the Financial Division Controller overseeing the Beatreme acquisition, Kerry’s largest and most significant acquisition at the time. During his 30-year career, Gerry has held a number of senior financial and business management roles, including Chief Operating Officer for the Americas region.
In 2008, Gerry was appointed President & CEO for the Americas region, where he led out regional advancement of our 1 Kerry vision. In 2011, he was appointed to his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer for Kerry’s global taste and nutrition business, where he led the global implementation of 1 Kerry and most recently, our ongoing evolution to become the industry’s leading taste and nutrition company.


John Savage |  President & CEO, Kerry Asia, Middle East and Africa

John joined Kerry in 1997, after graduating from Queens University Belfast. Since then he’s held leadership positions across a number of Kerry lines of business. Most recently, John was named President & CEO of Kerry Asia, Middle East and Africa, based out of Singapore. With his rich experience in strategic planning, John helps Kerry leverage its significant taste, nutrition and systems capability to grow business across emerging and established markets.
Prior to this promotion, John held several executive roles with Kerry. In 2002 he was appointed Divisional Financial Controller for Kerry Foods. Two years later, John relocated to the U.S. to serve as Vice President of Finance Flavours. Following his successes in that role, he was named General Manager of Natural Products. In 2012, John moved back to Ireland to take on the position of President of Beverage & LETS. He was again promoted, after four years in that role, this time to President of Taste, Dairy & Culinary of Kerry Europe.

Michael O’Neill |  President & CEO, Kerry North America

Michael began his Kerry career more than 20 years ago as a Graduate in the UK. Since then, he has worked in the Consumer Foods business and the Taste and Nutrition business in finance, procurement and executive roles in both a regional and global context. He has worked extensively with the Global and Regional Executive Teams in our 1 Kerry transformation and now in the design and implementation of our taste and nutrition Strategy.
During his career at Kerry, he has been based in both EMEA and North America, while also spending regular periods of time working with our teams in the developing regions. He is now the President & CEO of Kerry’s business in North America.



Malcom Sheil |  President & CEO, Kerry Europe
Malcolm joined Kerry as a Graduate Accountant from Dublin City University in 1988. He spent three years in the U.S. as Plant Controller and Corporate Commercial Controller before his promotion to Finance Director for Kerry Mexico and then to Finance Director for Kerry South America in 1998. In 2003, Malcolm was appointed President of Kerry’s LATAM business and served in that role for 13 years. He returned to Ireland in 2016 after being appointed President & CEO of Kerry’s EMEA region.
Malcolm speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and believes strongly that to understand consumer demand in a region, one must to delve into the culture and be truly able to bring local insight to our customers.


John Calahane |  President & CEO, Kerry LATAM
John joined Kerry in 2002 from Deloitte Ireland, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He spent three years in the US in Plant and Commercial Finance roles before he was transferred to Mexico as Commercial Finance Manager in 2005. He was promoted to Finance Director for Latin America in 2007 and later appointed Chief Operating Officer for the region. 
In 2013, he was appointed President for the Dairy & Culinary business in LATAM. Following Kerry’s acquisition of Baltimore Spice in 2015, he relocated to Costa Rica as Interim General Manager for the Central America sub region. He now serves as President of Kerry LATAM. John graduated from the University College Cork, speaks English and Spanish and lives in Queretaro, Mexico.


Sharon Whitehead |  Global Vice President of Human Resources
Sharon Joined Kerry in 2001, when a start up company she worked for ‘Freshways’ was acquired by our Kerry Foods business. She currently leads the Global Human Resources function across Taste & Nutrition, a role she was appointed to in 2015. With her Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science & Business, and Employment Law, Sharon has held a number of executive positions across Kerry over her career.
In 2011, Sharon was appointed HR Director for Kerry’s Taste and Nutrition business and was promoted to Vice President of HR for the EMEA region in 2012. She was appointed Vice President of HR for the Asia-Pacific region in 2014, at which time she and her family relocated to Kerry’s regional headquarters in Singapore. In 2015, Sharon was promoted to the Global Vice President of HR and leads Kerry’s global people strategy and agenda for the business.


Khaled Zitoun |  Chief Technology Officer
Khaled joined Kerry’s U.S. Dairy R&D team as part of the Graduate Programme in 1996 after earning his Ph.D in Food Engineering from The Ohio State University. In his early years at Kerry, he held senior R&D leadership positions in the U.S. and Canada. In 2009, Khaled was promoted to Senior Vice President for R&D for North America and played a key role in the development of Kerry’s first Technology & Innovation Centre in Beloit, Wisconsin.
After relocating to Ireland in 2012, Khaled was instrumental developing the Global Technology & Innovation Centre in Naas and building a global R&D team to leverage Kerry’s innovation and technology capabilities. He relocated to Singapore in 2014 to lead the Asia-Pacific R&D function while maintaining his Global CTO role.


Albert McQuaid |  Chief Innovation Officer
With a degree in Biochemistry from Trinity College Dublin and a Ph.D in Biochemistry in TCD and INRA, Albert joined Kerry in 1993 as an R&D scientist in the then Dairyland Group and stayed in that role for 18 months before moving into a technical sales role. Albert then relocated to France to assume a sales director role for a fruit preparation business that Kerry Group would later acquire.
Albert was later promoted to Managing Director for the business before being appointed CEO of Kerry’s Sweet and Fruit division. Four years later, he was promoted to CEO of Kerry EMEA and remained in that role for three years before being appointed Chief Technology Officer for Kerry’s global Functional Ingredients & Actives business. In 2016, Albert was appointed Chief Innovation Officer for Kerry’s global Taste & Nutrition business, responsible for driving Kerry’s innovation programme leveraging our taste, nutrition and general wellness capabilities.


Alan Barrett |  Chief Operating Officer
Alan joined Kerry’s Graduate Programme in 2000, coming on board as a Taxation Accountant for Kerry Europe. Following a series of promotions and international moves, he stepped into his most recent role, Global Chief Operating Officer, in 2017. From Kerry’s North America headquarters, Alan serves as global executive for the following Kerry functions, including Process manufacturing, Quality Health & Safety, Environment (QHSE) , engineering, supply chain and customer care.
Alan’s early years with Kerry were spent in a series of finance positions in Ireland. He relocated to the U.S. in 2004, working across several business’s and functions and ultimately working his way up to Business Unit Vice President for Finance & Supply Chain. In 2012, he was named Vice President & General Manager of Lipids, Emulsifiers & Texturant Systems North America. In 2013 he moved to Shanghai as Vice President & General Manager of Kerry Ingredients & Flavors China. In 2014 he was named Chief Operating Officer of Kerry Asia Pacific.


Shane McGibney |  Global Chief Financial Officer
Shane joined Kerry in 1999 as a Finance Graduate. Since then, he has held a number of senior finance positions for Kerry across Europe and North America, including his most recent promotion, to Global Chief Financial Officer, Taste & Nutrition. Shane provides executive leadership across the following areas: commercial and technology performance management; pricing, margin and risk management; operations and supply chain performance management; strategic and capital investment; and leadership of the finance function including talent development.
Early in his career, Shane served as Financial Controller for a number of Kerry businesses. In 2005 he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Kerry’s global Taste business. In 2008, Shane took on the role of Head of Internal Audit for Kerry, a position he held until 2014, when he was named Global Chief Financial Officer of Functional Ingredients and Actives & Primary Dairy. Shane, who is based in Ireland, is a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, in addition to holding other professional qualifications. He was named Finance Director of the Year at the 2017 Irish Accountancy Awards.


Andy Royston |  Global Chief Marketing Officer
Andy joined Kerry in 1991 as Marketing Manager for North America, having earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Michigan State University. Since then, he has held various leadership roles in sales, marketing and general management including President of Kerry’s Seasonings & Foodservice business from 2001-2006, and President of North America’s Beverage business from 2007-2010.

In 2012, Andy joined Kerry’s Global Executive Team when he took on his current role as Chief Marketing Officer.


Robert Phelan |  Global Chief Strategy & Planning Officer
Robert joined Kerry in 2011 as Global Programme Director of the 1Kerry Transformation Programme. In that role he led the establishment of the KerryExcel Programme, implementing Kerry’s global operating model and driving savings and efficiencies.

Since then, Robert has held senior roles in strategy and marketing in our North America and our global Functional Ingredients and Actives Businesses. He led the development of the Nutrition Discovery Centre in our Global Technology and Innovation Centre in Naas and the Taste and Nutrition Discovery Center in our North America headquarters in Beloit, Wisconsin. Robert was named Global Chief Strategy & Planning Officer in 2017.
Prior to joining Kerry, Robert worked as a management consultant for almost six years with McKinsey & Company based in London and Dublin. He also held several leadership positions in the energy and telecom sectors with Shell and KPN/TNO while living in the Netherlands. Robert holds a PhD in physics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Brenda L’Estrange |  Global Chief Information & Process Officer
Prior to joing Kerry in 2006, Brenda held management roles in Operations and Supply Chain at Procter & Gamble and The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to her promotion to Chief Information and Process Officer in 2015, she served as the Programme Director for Kerryconnect (SAP deployment). Brenda holds a BSc and PhD in Industrial Microbiology from University College Dublin, and an MSc in Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University.