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CEO – Irish Business

Type Permanent

Salary €100,000+

Location Cork City

Ref # 6349

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Barden are delighted to have been appointed to identify the next CEO for a well-established and vibrant Cork SME.

Our client operates both in the services and retail sector. This business has an excellent track record and reputation. Currently they operate with a Turnover of a medium sized enterprise with ambitions to double turnover in the next 5 – 7 years. A highly profitable organisation and with 50+ employees, this business is well insulated from macro-economic factors, servicing a loyal B2B and B2C customer base.

This is a privately owned professionally run business that has benefited from and showed loyalty to the local workforce for decades. The goal is to drive the company’s development and guide it towards continued long-term success with a focus on innovation.

We would like to speak with business leaders that have significant experience of working in a senior management position, leaders who can safeguard the existing business, improve efficiencies, and guide the team to further growth.

As CEO you will provide strategic direction while collaborating closely with all stakeholders to build trust for the next phase of the journey. Reporting to and forming part of the Board of Directors, this is a rare and exciting opportunity for business leaders within the Cork market.

“The ideal person will have an open mindset and will be able to see the “big picture” in a variety of settings. They will take actions to enhance the company’s long-term strategy while preserving the DNA that has made this business so special.” – Existing CEO


  • Develop prudent business strategies ensuring their alignment with short-term and long-term objectives.
  • Inspire colleagues to increase engagement, develop and continue to incentivise a high performing managerial team.
  • Oversee all operations and business activities to ensure they are consistent with the overall strategy and mission.
  • Seek out investment opportunities to advance the business.
  • Be the custodian of the business’s values and the face of operations for a loyal customer base.


  • Proven experience as CEO/GM or experience from another leadership position.
  • Ability to deliver a vision, obtain buy in and implement strategies to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Familiarity with various business functions such as marketing, operations, finance etc.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with outstanding organisational and leadership skills.



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