Bus Éireann Leadership Appointments

Announcement of Chief Commercial Officer Eleanor Farrell  
and Chief Information Officer Seán Loughman

Bus Éireann is delighted to announce the appointment of Eleanor Farrell as Chief Commercial Officer and Seán Loughman as Chief Information Officer. Their appointments follow the conclusion of a competitive recruitment process which attracted a very impressive calibre of candidates.

Eleanor Farrell, Chief Commercial OfficerEleanor is an experienced senior leader with a strong commercial track record of customer-focused transformation and innovation, combined with strategy development and operational excellence. Most recently Eleanor held a global leadership role with Google as Global Head of Operations and Strategy, Customer Onboarding; Eleanor joined Google from Vodafone Ireland where she was Head of Customer Value Management and previously Head of Commercial Strategy & Planning. Her earlier career was as Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company where she led a number of critical strategy and change programs. Eleanor holds an MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business College and an MSc in Computing. She is also Chair of Samaritans Ireland and a member of the Samaritans UK Board of Trustees. Eleanor said “I am proud to join Bus Éireann and become part of a team that is already connecting people all over Ireland with ambitious plans for future growth”.

Sean Loughman, Chief Information OfficerSeán Loughman brings to the newly created CIO role broad and deep technology knowledge and experience spanning strategy, development and delivery coupled with digital & data analytics and innovation. Over a wide-ranging career at eir, Seán held significant Director roles in the areas of technology transformation and product development with his most recent position being Director of IT Strategy, Architecture and Solutions. Earlier in his career Seán held a number of senior roles at Swedish company Ericsson both in Ireland and overseas. Seán holds a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin. Commenting on his new appointment Seán said "I am delighted to be joining Bus Éireann at this juncture in its evolution and together with the senior team, looking forward to making a significant contribution in the development of the company".

Stephen Kent, CEO stated “I am delighted with the obvious depth of experience and capability that Eleanor and Seán bring to Bus Éireann. I know they will make a significant difference to our ambitious transformation agenda”.

Their appointments to their respective roles completes the transformation of the leadership team with a mix of external and internal appointments in the past twelve months to all positions.

Both appointments will commence in early May 2019.

Friday, 22nd March, 2019