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RDS CEO moves on

As we go to print, we hear that the RDS chief executive, Geraldine Ruane is leaving the organisation after almost three years.

Geraldine succeeded Michael Duffy and took the reins in October 2020. The Sligo native worked in a number of senior roles in the pharmaceutical sector (Novartis, Schering-Plough and Chanelle Pharma) before being appointed as CEO of Ordinance Survey of Ireland, and then on to Trinity College Dublin as chief operations officer. In an interview with Irish Farmers Monthly in August 2021, Geraldine spoke about her priorities for the RDS going forward: “Part of my job is to tell the story of the RDS and I want to put an emphasis on the Philanthropic Foundation and its values.” With the Dublin Horse Show just around the corner, it’s an unfortunate time for the RDS to part company with its CEO. Let’s hope that RDS president, John Dardis and his team can soon appoint a successor to Geraldine, even on an interim basis, and we wish Geraldine the best of luck in her future endeavours.
In 2031, the RDS will celebrate 300 years since its foundation in 1731. It’s a fantastic organisation with a great tradition and has contributed much to Ireland over those three centuries.