Nicky Hartery appointed chairman of Horse Racing Ireland
Appointment of the experienced businessman welcomed by Minister Creed
Nicky Hartery: the new chairman of Horse Racing Ireland has been appointed on a five-year term. Photograph: Eric Luke
He succeeds Joe Keeling as head of Irish horse racing’s ruling semi-state body and his appointment on a five-year term was announced on Thursday by the Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine Michael Creed.
“The next five years will see major challenges for Ireland, particularly in the contest of Brexit, and Horse Racing Ireland will benefit from continuity in strong leadership. I wish Mr Hartery every success in this leadership role,” said the Minister in a statement.
Hartery is owner of Caherass Stud in Co Limerick and bred the 2011 Nunthorpe Stakes winner Margot Did.
His appointment was made after what the Department of Agriculture described as a “competitive process” conducted by the Public Appointments Service.
Hartery has been chairman of CRH since 2012. In the past he has held senior management positions with a number of international companies including Dell Computers and General Electric.