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.

Edmond Scanlon

President & CEO, Kerry Asia Pacific and Kerry Group Chief Executive Designate

Edmond joined Kerry in 1996 through the Graduate Programme from University College Cork. He spent three years in Commercial Financial Management for the Consumer Foods business and transferred into Kerry’s Dairy Ingredients business in 1999 based in Listowel. He performed several roles before relocating to the U.S. in 2004, where he was ultimately promoted to VP Operations for the Supply Chain and Financial functions.

In February 2017, Edmond was appointed as Chief Executive Designate, CEO Stan McCarthy’s successor. He will assume the title and responsibilities as Chief Executive of Kerry Group in October 2017.


In 2008, Edmond led the Mergers and Acquisitions function for Kerry Americas before being appointed President of Kerry’s Pharma business and subsequently the Functional Ingredients and Actives global business in 2009. In 2012, he relocated to Shanghai to take on responsibility for Kerry’s activities in China. After two years, Edmond was promoted to CEO of Kerry Asia Pacific, and in 2015, he led the establishment of the regional headquarters in Singapore.

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 and the President of our Functional Ingredients & Actives business globally. 

Malcolm Sheil

President & CEO, Kerry Europe and Russia

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 Cahalane

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.

Marie Tanner

Global Chief Food Safety & QHSE Officer 

Marie joined Kerry in 2010 as a senior director of quality process management and supply quality for the United States. She currently leads the Global QHSE function, a role she was appointed to in 2013. During her career at Kerry, Marie has held executive compliance and safety roles and served as the Vice President for QHSE for the Americas region. Prior to joining Kerry, Marie she held various quality leadership roles for PepsiCo and Godiva.

Marie holds a M.S. in Food Science from Rutgers University and is currently on the board of SSAFE, a non-profit organisation that promotes the integrity of the global food safety system. She previously served as a Director of the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT).

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.

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.