Board of Directors

Board of Directors

1. Chris Brinsmead*

Chris Brinsmead (53) was appointed a non-executive director of United Drug plc on 12 April 2010. Chris was formerly Chairman of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals UK, President of AstraZeneca UK and Ireland and President of The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). Chris is also a non-executive director of other companies including Domino Printing Sciences plc and is a former director of The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

2. Chris Corbin

Chris Corbin (56) was appointed a director of United Drug plc on 20 June 2003 and is Managing Director of the Sales, Marketing & Medical division. Chris founded Ashfield Healthcare Limited and previously held sales management positions with Parke Davis, Fisons, Astra and May & Baker. Chris was formerly Patron for SETPOINT Leicestershire, Chairman of Leicestershire Business Awards and a member of Derbyshire Magistrates Bench.

3.Liam FitzGerald - Chief Executive

Liam FitzGerald (47) was appointed a director on 23 October 1996 and appointed Chief Executive on 1 October 2000. Liam joined United Drug plc in 1993 and was previously Managing Director of United Drug Distributors. Prior to joining United Drug plc, Liam worked in Dimension Marketing Limited and Jefferson Smurfit Group plc. Liam is currently a non-executive director of Warner Chilcott plc and was formerly a non-executive director of C&C Group plc and Chairman of the Marketing Society and Traidlinks.

4. Annette Flynn*

Annette Flynn (46) was appointed a non-executive director of United Drug plc on 7 March 2011. Prior to being appointed as a non-executive director, Annette served as an executive director since 28 September 2004. Annette joined United Drug plc in 1996 and held various senior roles throughout the Group, including Managing Director of the Packaging & Specialty division and Head of Group Strategy. Prior to joining United Drug plc, Annette held senior positions with Kerry Group plc working in their Irish, UK and US operations. Annette is also a non-executive director of Grafton Group plc.

5. Hugh Friel*

Hugh Friel (68) was appointed a non-executive director of United Drug plc on 29 April 2009. Hugh was formerly Chief Executive of Kerry Group plc and Chairman of Tourism Ireland. Hugh also previously worked with Aer Lingus, New York, Mobile Oil Corp., London and Erin Foods, Ireland.

6. Peter Gray* - Chairman

Peter Gray (58) is Chairman and non-executive director of United Drug plc. Peter was appointed Chairman on 7 February 2012, having served as a non-executive director since 28 September 2004. Peter formerly held senior executive positions in a number of Irish public companies the most recent being that of Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of ICON plc, the Irish based multinational pharmaceutical development services company.

7. Gary McGann*

Gary McGann (62) was appointed a non-executive director of United Drug plc on 28 September 2004 and was appointed the Senior Independent non-executive director on 20 November 2007. Gary is Group Chief Executive of the Smurfit Kappa Group. Before joining the Jefferson Smurfit Group in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer, Gary held various senior executive positions in Irish industry. Gary is also Chairman of Aon McDonagh Boland, a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), Deputy Chairman of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and a director of IBEC.

8. Barry McGrane - Finance Director

Barry McGrane (49) was appointed a director on 31 August 2001. Barry joined United Drug plc in 1993 and has held various senior finance roles throughout the Group and also that of Company Secretary. Formerly, Barry worked with Reflex Investments plc and Andersen, Dublin.

9. John Peter*

John Peter (69) was appointed a non-executive director of United Drug plc on 1 September 2005. John is a member of the Board of Solvay UK Holdings Limited, responsible for co-ordinating Solvay’s business in the UK. John was formerly Chief Executive of Solvay Healthcare in the UK and Ireland and held various senior positions in research and development, international marketing and business development in Europe and the US.

10. Alan Ralph

Alan Ralph (43) was appointed a director on 19 June 2008. Alan joined United Drug plc in 1999 and currently holds responsibility for the Healthcare Supply Chain division. Prior to this, Alan held various roles throughout the Group including Managing Director of the Pharma Wholesale division and Group Financial Controller. Formerly, Alan worked with Banta Corporation and Price Waterhouse.

11. Philip Toomey*

Philip Toomey (59) was appointed a non-executive director of United Drug plc on 27 February 2008. Philip was formerly Global Chief Operating Officer for the financial services industry practice of Accenture. Philip has wide ranging international consulting experience and was a member of the Accenture Global Leadership Council. Philip is also a non-executive director of Kerry Group plc.

* non-executive director

Board 
Name Length of service
Chris Brinsmead* 2.5 years
Chris Corbin 9.5 years
Liam FitzGerald (Chief Executive) 16 years
Annette Flynn* 8 years
Hugh Friel* 3.5 years
Peter Gray* (Chairman) 8 years
Gary McGann* 8 years
Barry McGrane (Finance Director) 11 years
John Peter* 7 years
Alan Ralph 4.5 years
Philip Toomey* 4.5 years
Audit Committee 
Name Length of service
Hugh Friel* Newly appointed
John Peter* 7 years
Philip Toomey* (Chairman) 4.5 years
Nomination Committee 
Name Length of service
Chris Brinsmead* Newly appointed
Liam FitzGerald 12 years
Peter Gray* (Chairman) 6 years
Gary McGann* 6 years
Philip Toomey* 4 years
   
Remuneration Committee 
Name Length of service
Chris Brinsmead* 2.5 years
Hugh Friel* 3.5 years
Peter Gray* Newly appointed
Gary McGann* (Chairman) 6 years
John Peter* 7 years
Philip Toomey* 4.5 years
Risk, Acquisitions & Finance Committee 
(formerly the Acquisitions and Finance Committee) 
Name Length of service
Chris Brinsmead* (Chairman) 2.5 years
Hugh Friel* 3.5 years
Peter Gray* 8 years
Gary McGann* 7 years