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Sam McCauley

The McCauley Chemist Group (www.sammccauley.com) was initially established in 1953 by Sam McCauley’s father and has grown from an initial single store to a group with 24 outlets nationwide, employing over 650 staff. The largest Irish-owned pharmacy chain in the country, it is ranked in the top 500 companies in Ireland, and has recently been awarded the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Award, 2009.

Group turnover exceeds €90 million and this has grown considerably in recent years. Sam joined the business in 1978 and has been the catalyst for the expansion. He remains the main shareholder in the group and now serves as Chairman, having appointed Patrick McCormack as Chief Executive in recent years. The company converted to a PLC structure in 2002, with senior management and store managers given the opportunity to buy into the business.

Remarking on his role as our first CEO-in-Residence, Mr McCauley stated that ‘The CEO-in-Residence role reflects my own thinking on the importance of mentors and role models, not alone in business, but in life. Consciously and subconsciously, we inherit standards and behaviour from our peers and from political, religious and community leaders, for better or worse.

There is little doubt in my mind, however, that educators have the greatest influence in shaping and mentoring our future generations. Indeed, most independent commentators identify the fact that it was the educational system in Ireland that sowed the seeds of the Celtic Tiger, and that our greatest resource in attracting foreign direct investment and in generating an entrepreneurial culture in Ireland was our young well-educated workforce, with the confidence, communication skills and ability to challenge the best in the world.’

For further information the CEO-in-Residence programme please contact: Dr. Denis Harrington, Head of Graduate Business, [email protected] or alternatively the WIT School of Business at www.wit.ie

Pierce Casey

Pierce Casey chairs his own investment office through Adelaide Capital Ltd and is a director of several investee companies in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe. Founding chairman of several successful businesses in Ireland, his career has combined the roles of entrepreneur and institutional private equity director and he is a past director of DCC (London) and leading private equity houses Apax Partners & Co (1997-2001) and Alchemy Venture Partners Ltd (2001-2007).

He has been involved in numerous major buyouts in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe.  A number of companies he established subsequently floated in London and Frankfurt (Fayrewood plc, ComputerLinks AG and Imprint plc). Non-executive chairman of Arden Capital Ltd, Mr Casey qualified as a chartered accountant with what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) before spending over six years working with DCC.

For further information the CEO-in-Residence programme please contact: Dr. Denis Harrington, Head of Graduate Business, [email protected] or alternatively the WIT School of Business at www.wit.ie