Tayto Snacks

Leadership Team

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John O'Connor, Managing Director


 John joined Tayto Snacks in 2006.  He initially held the position of Commercial Director and was appointed Managing Director in 2020.

John has over 40 years experience within the FMCG sector having previously held leadership positions at C&C Group, Glanbia and Cadbury.

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John Hennessy, Operations Director


John joined Tayto Snacks in 2010. He initially held positions as Factory Manager in Largo Foods’ popcorn plant in Barnsley, UK and then in Gweedore, Co.Donegal. He was appointed Operations Director in 2015.

John has over thirty year experience in the food and dairy industry working with companies such as Cadbury, Unilever and Glanbia in Africa, Middle East and Europe.

John holds a degree in Dairy Science from University College Cork.


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Sean Mulligan, Finance Director


Seán joined Tayto Snacks as Finance Director in May 2014 having previously occupied senior finance roles with both PepsiCo Ireland Foods & Beverages and Shamrock Foods (part of the Valeo Foods Group).

Seán is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and holds a degree in International Business and Languages from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

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Alina Uí Chaollaí, Marketing Director


Alina joined Tayto Snacks as Marketing Director in January 2014. She has over 20 years FMCG marketing experience having worked in a variety of roles spanning customer, channel and brand marketing in Coca-Cola and, prior to that, in the Ward Anderson Cinema Group and their film distribution agency, Abbey Films.

Alina holds a Masters Degree in European Studies (with French and German) from Trinity College, Dublin and is a Member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.











Annamarie O'Connor, 

People & Culture Director

Annamarie joined Tayto Snacks as People & Culture Director in September 2019. She has over 20 years’ experience in the People & Culture space, across a variety of industries including finance, higher education, health, and media both in Ireland and the UK.

Prior to joining Tayto Snacks, she headed the HR function at GAM Fund Management Ltd and held senior HR roles in RCSI and Capital FM.

Annamarie holds a Masters in Organisational Analysis & Behaviour, a degree in Applied Psychology and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).