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Kerry Group sharpens North American focus with new regional boss

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Kerry Group has appointed Galway native Oliver Kelly to head up its operations in North America, one of the food ingredient group’s most important regions and where it has been growing aggressively through acquisition this year.

Mr Kelly has been with Kerry for 30 years and will formally become chief executive for North America at the beginning of January. He will replace Gerry Behan, who held the role on an interim basis. Mr Behan will continue in his role as president and CEO of Kerry Taste and Nutrition.

Mr Kelly has most recently served as Kerry’s commercial chief executive for North America, a role he took on in 2018 after having led the group’s strategic growth in the foodservice sector in Europe.

The Americas, in general, make up a core element of Kerry’s business. Around 54% of sales volumes from Kerry’s core taste and nutrition division are generated in the region, with North America comprising the bulk.

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