Michael O'Donohoe

President


Well-known and respected in the industry, Michael has been on the board of HAI since early 2017 and he has been Country Director of Wavin for the last six years, having joined the business in 2008. Prior to joining Wavin, Michael worked for nearly 20 years in various domestic and international sales and marketing roles in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Food industries. He is looking forward to bringing his extensive experience in the sector to the role and to working with the HAI team, Executive Committee and Members to support the recovery and continued growth of the sector.

Aside from his role in HAI, Michael has other links to the construction sector through his chair of both the Building Materials Federation and the Irish Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association, as well as membership of the Construction Industry Council. Michael has a B.Sc. in Applied Sciences from Trinity College, an M.Sc. in Executive Leadership from the University of Ulster and is also a member of both the Marketing Institute of Ireland and the Institute of Directors.

On his appointment as President Michael said “I am truly honoured to take on the role of President and see my appointment in part linked to the recognition and legacy which Wavin has in the mindsetof the merchant trade in Ireland and my predecessors who
successfully founded, developed, and led the business over the past six decades. I am fortunate to have a great team of people around me on the board, which I think provides a great service to the membership.
I am especially appreciative of the outgoing President, Sean Moran, who will keep a watchful eye on me having just successfully completed his term of offi ce, but also Martin Markey as CEO and the other HAI staff, Jim, Aoife, and Orla.

Martin Markey

Chief Executive Officer


Martin began his career in the marketing company GFK in London. He then moved to The Furniture Industry Research Association which is the leading member organisation for the sector in the UK. Returning to Ireland he completed a Masters in Business at the Smurfit Business School. He spent 15 years with the Electrolux Group marketing several brands in both the domestic and commercial markets. During his time with Electrolux he was also involved with the initial setting up and implementation of the WEEE directive.

He was a board member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors for several years having served as Secretary and as President of the Institute. The IMCA represents the interests of a diverse spectrum of the consultancy sector from PwC to individual specialists.

In 2009 Martin formed the marketing consultancy Competitive Insights. Clients were a mix of suppliers and retailers across a wide spectrum from pharmacy to fashion to electrical. He also worked in the charities sector in the UK, partnering with Competitive Solutions. In recent years many clients in Ireland came from the hardware and builders merchant sector.

Executive Committee 2021-2022

 

 

President: Michael O’ Donohoe (Country Director – Ireland, Wavin)

 

 

 

 

Immediate Past President: Sean Moran (Group CEO, HPC Group)

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Executive Officer: Martin Markey

 

 

 

 

Treasurer: Mark Lohan (Managing Director, Brooks Timber & Building Supplies)

 

 

Executive Committee members:

 

Paul Candon (Chief Executive Officer, United Hardware)

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Connolly (General Manager – Stakelums Ltd)

 

 

 

 

Gerry Fallon (Chief Executive Officer – Expert Hardware Ltd)

 

 

 

 

Dave Gavin (Managing Director, KCR Builders Providers)

 

 

 

 

Alan Hegarty (Director – Ardale Group)

 

 

 

Eoin Lynch (Director – D Lynch & Sons Ltd)

 

 

 

 

 

Padraic McGuinness (Development Manager, Albany Group)

 

 

 

 

Pat Moore (Category Manager, Chadwicks Group)

 

 

 

 

Seamus O’ Donoghue (Managing Director, Dulux Paints Ireland Ltd.)

Staff

Martin Markey

Chief Executive Officer

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Jim Copeland

Head of Member Relations

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Aoife Kinsella

Business Development and Marketing Manager

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Orla Woods

Accounts

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