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Our leadership team uses years of experience to drive innovation within Aramark and the industry.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Frank Gleeson

Frank Gleeson

CEO and Region President, Northern Europe

Frank Gleeson is President of Aramark’s operations in Northern Europe. Aramark is one of the largest integrated services supplier of facilities management, food services and property.

Frank joined Aramark as Managing Director of Ireland’s Food Service operations in 2013. A member of the advisory board of Aramark and a member of ELC (Executive Leadership Council) of Aramark Corp., Frank joined Aramark from Topaz Energy Group where he was Retail Director. As Region Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for Aramark, Frank is responsible for operations across Northern Europe. Prior to joining Topaz, Frank was Vice President Retail of Statoil Ireland, Operations Director of O’Brien’s Off License Group and Group Sales Manager for Xtravision plc. A graduate of the Irish Management Institute, Frank is a national council member of IBEC and former Chairman of Retail Ireland.

Shane Flynn

Shane Flynn

Managing Director, Food Services & Facilities Management, Ireland

Shane recently took over from Frank Gleeson as Managing Director of Aramark Food Services in Ireland in 2017.  He is an experienced catering & retail professional, educated to master’s degree level, with over 25 years’ industry experience. Shane joined Aramark in 2015 as an Operations Director. He has overseen and provided leadership to our Front Line team on a number of our key accounts including Croke Park, Guinness Storehouse, Apple, Tesco and UCD.

 

Shane provides guidance and direction to our Operations Directors  and ensures our client sites  are  managed efficiently and effectively. He has demonstrated exceptional ability to build and lead top performing teams focused on exceeding goals in the areas of sales, marketing, and sector development/ management. Shane is also a member of the Board of Retail Ireland.

Lawrence Shirazian

Lawrence Shirazian

Managing Director, Food Services & Defence Services UK

Lawrence is an accomplished business leader with more than 26 years of commercial and operational experience in the Hospitality, Catering & Retail, and wider services sector. He joined Aramark in 2007 from Delaware North having played a pivotal role in launching the New National Stadium at Wembley in his capacity as Retail Director.

 

He has provided executive leadership to our Front Line teams as the Managing Director of our UK Defence Business, then latterly as a Regional Managing Director, before being promoted In 2017 to Managing Director Food Services UK.  Lawrence has an established track record of managing Complex Business Portfolios with specialist expertise in financial management, HR, Marketing, Supply Chain and Asset Management.

Tara O'Neill

Tara O'Neill

Managing Director, Avoca

Tara joined Aramark to lead the Avoca business in October 2017 after 6 years as a Director in the Jamie Oliver Group. 

Tara has degrees in Law and Accounting and is a Chartered Accountant and tax advisor.  She has extensive experience at board level across a variety of sectors (Healthcare, Defence & Security, Retail and Leisure) and across a myriad of ownership structures from PLC’s to fast paced high growth entrepreneurial environments.  Tara has had significant exposure to complex restructuring and M&A activity. 

She is passionate about food and hospitality delivered with a social conscience which is a common thread across her professional and personal life.

 

David Barker

David Barker

Sales Director, Northern Europe

David is an accomplished sales leader with more than 22 years of commercial experience in the facilities, food and wider services sector. He joined Aramark in 2010 from Cuisine de France, where he acted as Retail Director.

His experience spans both Irish enterprises and those with a European and global footprint. Within Aramark, he has focused his diverse sales team around a results orientation. In his current role, David has strategic oversight for all aspects of new business and our client retention strategies for the Northern Europe food, FM and off-shore business. His leadership provides strategic guidance and direction to the Business Development and Sales Support teams. David is a graduate of NUI in Maynooth and holds a Diploma in Business Management from the IMI.

Louise Phillips

Louise Phillips

Managing Director, Property, Northern Europe

Louise has been working with Aramark Property for the past 2 years as Managing Director with over 25 years’ experience in asset, estate and property management, development and negotiations. A qualified chartered surveyor with a broad, extensive background in every aspect of property development and management including acquisitions, disposals, lease agreements, lettings, rental negotiations, landlord and tenant negotiations, planning and project management; Louise is responsible for Aramark’s property team’s property management of more than 29 million square feet and rent collection of €350 million.



Louise leads Aramark’s management of the 12 million sq ft Irish Life portfolio as well as other portfolio of assets with clients including Green Reit, Blackstone, Kennedy Wilson and the Central Bank. Her role spans across property and asset management and advice, including redevelopment, refurbishment opportunities, lease renewals and reviews, surrenders, lettings, service charge analysis, review and optimization, planned and preventative maintenance, dilapidations, space optimization and space planning.

Andrew Thomson

Andrew Thomson

Managing Director, Offshore, Northern Europe

Andrew joined Aramark in 2006 as Operations Director in the Offshore Division and was promoted to Managing Director, Offshore, North Sea in 2014.

In 2018 Andrew was appointed as Managing Director for Aramark’s Global Offshore Operations.

Andrew is the current Chairman of the Caterers Offshore Trade Association and has served as a Board Member of industry body Oil & Gas UK for three years.

Prior to this he held senior positions in the retail and leisure industries.

Andrew graduated with a BA in commerce from the RGU Business School.

Stephen Brennan

Stephen Brennan

Supply Chain and Procurement Director, Northern Europe

Stephen joined Aramark in 2014 initially to lead the Supply Chain & Procurement function in Ireland. In 2016 Stephen assumed the Supply Chain Leadership role for our UK business also.  Currently Stephen manages a high performing team based between the Aramark Ireland and UK offices.  He manages all supply chain activity and strategy for our Foodservice and Facilities within Northern Europe, as well as our Global Offshore business.

An experienced and proven Procurement Professional, with almost two decades Foodservice & Wholesale experience, Stephen has a passion for sourcing innovative product solutions and for supporting regional indigenous suppliers.  Stephen pioneered our Aramark Star Supplier search program which has featured at Catex and ScotHot in recent years giving smaller, regional start-ups, an opportunity to showcase their business to Aramark.

Stephen holds a BA in International Marketing & Languages from DCU and is an active member of Naomh Mearnog GAA Club.  Stephen resides in North County Dublin with his wife and 2 children.

Carolyn Hails

Carolyn Hails

Culinary and Marketing Director, Northern Europe

As part of a major growth plan, Carolyn is the newest member to join Aramark’s leadership team, as Marketing Director for Northern Europe. With 30 years of diverse industry experience, Carolyn joins Aramark to lead a new consumer centric strategy to deliver a targeted growth plan across Northern Europe. Carolyn will be responsible for creating market leading strategies that are robust, commercially viable and salient to the client and customer.

“I’m delighted to have joined Aramark as the Marketing Director for Northern Europe.” Carolyn said. “I join a dedicated and highly motivated team and together we will build marketing and culinary solutions that will really make a difference, driving change and innovation across Northern Europe. Marketing has always been my life, to me, it’s all about winning hearts and minds and creating experiences that engage and inspire. The measure of any success is the results. I believe if the customer is the priority in a service business, the results will always be good. People are our product.

“I’m focusing on improving the customer experience, translating insights into action, constructing integrated engagement platforms, creating and activating strategic brand relationships, measuring operational performances and constantly looking for new opportunities to develop, grow and move the business forward.”

Prior to joining Aramark in November 2016, Hails successfully ran her own marketing and design company called Thinkspace Partnership and has a strong background in strategic leadership, proposition and brand development, consumer insight and managing food and hospitality business at the very highest level.

“Getting into the mind of the consumer is my main goal in every project we commit to.” Carolyn said. “It allows us to refine and improve every aspect of the business, from customer targeting, to observing and monitoring trends, and identifying rebranding and development opportunities.”

Martina Donohoe

Martina Donohoe

Quality & Safety Director, Northern Europe

Martina Donohoe, Quality and Safety Director is the person responsible for the implementation and operation of the organisations health and safety policy.

Aramark employ a team of health and safety professionals and each operation has a dedicated standards officer who provides support and advice in the areas of health and safety, food safety and quality.

Martina is responsible for health and safety holds a BSc. (Hons) in Environmental Health and H.Dip in Safety & Health at Work. All standards officers hold a qualification in safety and are trained risk assessors and manual handling instructors.

Roy Kane

Roy Kane

IT Director, Northern Europe

Leading a distributed team of 28 IT professionals, Roy is responsible for directing a diverse ICT portfolio that collaborates with all facets of the business in the creation of integrated, tailored technology solutions that enable operational excellence, cost control & margin improvement. By presenting practical and cost effective solutions that encompass People, Process & Technology ensures that each technology implementation from planning through to execution matches business objectives and positions the organisation for success.


During his tenure at Aramark he has gained a proven track record of success and enjoys deriving repeatable, sustainable business processes that support the company’s core objectives whilst ensuring the underpinning governance structure is fully enabled and engaged to support the change programme.

Leading the ICT implementation for Aramark at the London 2012 Olympics is one of his proudest achievements. A Masters graduate from the Irish Management Institute and University College Cork underpins the experience gained over the years with peer reviewed academic models and frameworks.

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

HR Director

Jim O’Brien joined Aramark in 2019 as HR Director for Aramark’s operations in Northern Europe. 

As HR Director, Jim is responsible for attracting, engaging and developing Aramark’s nearly 18,000 employees in Northern Europe, across food services, facilities management, retail and property. 
Jim’s areas of expertise include organisation effectiveness, talent management, leadership development and reward. 

Jim is an accomplished HR leader with over 20 years' HR experience, spanning global multinationals, including Diageo, and major Irish companies, including Bank of Ireland. 
Jim has worked internationally in the US and the UK, and performed a global leadership role with a multi-region footprint (Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific) with Diageo.

Jim is a law graduate from Trinity College Dublin, and a non-Executive Director in the not-for-profit sector.