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Corporate Governance

Management Team

Alan Walsh

 

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Alan Walsh is the chief executive officer of IPL. He was appointed to the role in November 2011 after serving as interim CEO since July 2011. Prior to that, he was the Company’s Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Walsh qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG LLP and subsequently worked with Matheson and AXIS Capital. He graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in International Commerce. Mr. Walsh is also a non-executive director of Pioneer Green Energy LLC.

Pat Dalton

 

Chief Financial Officer and Director

Pat Dalton is the Chief Financial Officer of IPL. He joined the IPL group in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer of IPL plc. Mr. Dalton worked for GPA Group PLC from 1992 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Debis AirFinance B.V., which acquired GPA Group in 2000. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of Bord Gáis Éireann, the Government of Ireland state-owned gas and electricity supplier, from 2002 to 2006. He joined Menolly Property, an international real estate development company based in Ireland, as CFO in 2006. Mr. Dalton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a postgraduate qualification in Accountancy from University College Dublin.

Susan Holburn

 

Company Secretary

Susan Holburn joined IPL as Company Secretary on its foundation in 2004. She was previously Assistant Company Secretary of IAWS GROUP plc (now Aryzta AG) from 1999 to 2004. She also previously held roles in the banking and educational industries. Ms. Holburn is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She earned a Diploma with the Institute of Bankers In Ireland as a Qualified Financial Advisor, and also earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the National University of Ireland.

PJ Browne

 

Head of Financial Assurance and Risk Management

PJ Browne was appointed Head of Financial Assurance and Risk Management in September 2017. Prior to joining IPL, he held a number of positions within the areas of risk management, internal audit, compliance and company secretarial. From February 2006 to June 2008, he was Company Secretary and Head of Internal Audit & Risk Management at AgCert International plc, a FTSE-listed company involved in the origination and certification of certified emission reduction units (carbon credits) under the rules of the Kyoto Protocol. From June 2008 to September 2015, Mr. Browne was Company Secretary and Head of Risk & Internal Audit at EcoSecurities Group plc, an AIM-listed company also involved in the origination and certification of carbon credits. From September 2015 to September 2017, he worked for CircleK Ireland (formerly Topaz Energy Group Limited) and ACTAVO Group Limited in a number of roles including Head of Internal Audit, Head of Shared Services and Head of Risk & Compliance. Mr. Browne qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in Dublin and graduated from University College Galway with an honours degree in Commerce. He is also a non-executive director of Altas Investments plc and EcoSecurites Group.

Conor Wall

Head of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability

Conor Wall joined the Company in 2016 as Head of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability. Previously, he was Senior Environmental Consultant at Golder Associates, a global environmental consulting firm, from 2002 to 2016. Mr. Wall was also a director of Golder Associates Ireland Ltd. from 2007 to 2010, and Managing Principal of the Irish operations from 2010 to 2016. Mr. Wall has over 25 years of EHSS experience in the manufacturing, mining, built environment and energy sectors, including renewable projects in wind, solar, hydro and waste-to-energy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from University College Galway, a Master’s Degree in Applied Environmental Science from Queens University in Belfast, and a Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment Management from University College Dublin.

Board of Directors

David McAusland

Chairman (Independent), Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

David McAusland is a corporate advisor, lawyer and experienced corporate director and senior executive. Mr. McAusland is a partner in the law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP and was previously Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer of Alcan Inc., a large multinational industrial company, where he provided leadership on its worldwide mergers, growth strategies, major transactions and capital investments. Mr. McAusland currently acts as director of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Cable Inc., both involved in the communications sector, Cascades Inc., a producer of packaging and tissue products, and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., an advanced automation solutions company. Mr. McAusland is also a director or advisory board member of several well-established private companies and active in community causes. Mr. McAusland received his B.C.L. in 1976 and his LL.B. in 1977, both from McGill University.

Alan Walsh

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Alan Walsh is the chief executive officer of IPL. He was appointed to the role In November 2011 after serving as interim CEO since July 2011. Prior to that, he was the Company’s Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Walsh qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG LLP and subsequently worked with Matheson and AXIS Capital. He graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in International Commerce. Mr. Walsh is also a non-executive director of Pioneer Green Energy LLC.

Pat Dalton

Chief Financial Officer and Director

Pat Dalton is the Chief Financial Officer of IPL. He joined the IPL group in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer of IPL plc. Mr. Dalton worked for GPA Group PLC from 1992 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Debis AirFinance B.V., which acquired GPA Group in 2000. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of Bord Gáis Éireann, the Government of Ireland state-owned gas and electricity supplier, from 2002 to 2006. He joined Menolly Property, an international real estate development company based in Ireland, as CFO in 2006. Mr. Dalton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a postgraduate qualification in Accountancy from University College Dublin.

Rose Hynes2

Director (Independent), Corporate Director

Rose Hynes was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2012. She is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Origin Enterprises plc, a leading agri-services group. Mrs. Hynes also chairs the Board of Directors of Shannon Group plc and is a director of Total Produce plc. Prior to 2002, Mrs. Hynes held a number of senior management positions with GPA Group plc, and is a former director of a number of companies including Fyffes plc, Aer Lingus Group plc, Bank of Ireland and Ervia. Mrs. Hynes is a qualified lawyer and is an Associate of the Irish Institute of Taxation and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Alain Tremblay3

Director (Independent), Investment Manager, Private Equity at CDPQ

Alain Tremblay joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and is a nominee of CDPQ. Mr. Tremblay has served as Investment Manager, Private Equity with CDPQ since 1998, specializing in distribution, manufacturing and services. He manages a portfolio of more than C$5 billion and has led many investments in equity and mezzanine debt in mid-to-large cap companies across North America and Europe. Mr. Tremblay previously served on several boards, including those of Canam Group Inc., Camso, Laureate Education, Rexel and St. George’s University. Mr. Tremblay completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration at HEC Montreal and is a member de l’Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agréés du Québec (CPA, CGA).

Mary Ritchie1

Director (Independent), President and CEO, Richford Holdings

Mary Ritchie is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Richford Holdings Ltd., an accounting and investment advisory services firm based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has over 30 years of experience in both the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and is a member of CPA Canada and a Fellow of CPA Alberta. Ms. Ritchie is a member of the board of directors and audit committees of EnWave Corporation, Alaris Royalty Corp. and Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc., and is also a member of RBC Global Asset Management’s independent oversight committee. Ms. Ritchie holds a B.A. degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

Geoff Meagher1

Director (Independent), Corporate Director and Independent Consultant

Geoff Meagher was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2013. Since 2009, Mr. Meagher has worked as a corporate director and independent consultant. He is currently Chairman of Bord na Móna and also serves as a director of Enterprise Ireland, Bon Secours Health System Limited and SME Finance and Leasing Solutions Ltd. From 1992 to 2009, Mr. Meagher worked at Glanbia plc, initially as Group Finance Director and later as Deputy Group Managing Director. Mr. Meagher is a Certified Public Accountant, and also previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Kilkenny Engineering Products.

Sharon Pel2

Director (Independent), CEO, Inglewood Advisory Services

Sharon Pel is a corporate director and was Senior Vice President, Group Head of Legal and Business Affairs and Corporate Secretary of TMX Group Limited until 2015, where she was responsible for advising the TMX board and executive management on all aspects of its governance, operations and legal and regulatory affairs. Prior to that, she was a partner at Torys LLP. Ms. Pel currently provides consulting services through her firm, Inglewood Advisory Services. Ms. Pel is a member of the board of trustees of OPTrust, the administrator of the OPSEU Pension Plan, a defined benefit plan with over 92,000 members and retirees. Ms. Pel holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a LL.B from the University of Ottawa. She is Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds the ICD.D designation. She is involved in several charitable endeavors including serving on the board of Canadian Feed The Children.

Hugh McCutcheon1,3

Director (Independent), Corporate Director and Independent Consultant

Hugh McCutcheon joined the Board of Directors in 2015. He is a corporate director with extensive capital markets experience and mergers and acquisitions advisory experience for public and private companies across a broad range of industries. Mr. McCutcheon was head of corporate finance at Davy, one of Ireland’s leading providers of wealth management, asset management, capital markets and financial advisory services, until November 2011. He joined Davy in 1989 from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979. Mr. McCutcheon is a senior independent director of Origin Enterprises plc, and an alternate director at the Irish Takeover Panel. In addition, from December 2011 to July 2014, he was an independent non-executive director of Petroceltic International plc. He has a degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.

Linda Kuga Pikulin2,3

Director (Independent), Corporate Director

Linda Kuga Pikulin served as the President of PepsiCo Beverages Canada from June 2010 to February 2011. She led the complex integration of PepsiCo’s brand and bottling businesses to position the company for long-term growth. From 1998 to 2010, she served as the President of Pepsi Bottling Group Canada responsible for the sales, manufacturing, merchandising and distribution of Pepsi products. Under her leadership, the bottling company delivered unprecedented market share and profit growth. Ms. Pikulin is an Independent Director for Enersource Corporation. Ms. Pikulin earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Board Committee Members

1 Audit Committee

2 Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

3 Human Resources and Remuneration Committee