Animal Health Ireland (AHI) has announced the appointment of Dr David Graham as its incoming CEO.
Dr Graham succeeds Mr Joe O’Flaherty, who had been chief executive since the organisation was established in January 2009.
Mike Magan, chairman of AHI, said: ”The board was delighted with the standard of applicants and the keen interest shown by Dr Graham and other individuals in contention for the position of chief executive.
“I, and the board, look forward to working with David as AHI enters a new phase of delivery across a broader range of activities.”
Mr Magan paid tribute to Mr O’Flaherty for “his guidance, leadership and dedication in establishing and developing AHI to be a significant and important organisation in Irish agriculture”, and he wished him well in the next phase of his professional career.
Dr Graham qualified from UCD as a veterinary surgeon in 1988 and, after working as a house surgeon at the Veterinary School in Dublin, he moved back to Northern Ireland where he spent several years in mixed large animal practice.
In 1992 David joined the Stormont laboratories of the Veterinary Sciences Division of the Science Service (now the Agrifood and Biosciences Institute) of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, where he has worked in several branches.
Dr Graham joined AHI in 2010 as programme manager for biosecure diseases, subsequently being appointed deputy CEO in 2012.
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