Mr Mark Foley

EirGrid announces appointment of new Group CEO

11 April 2018

EirGrid Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Mark Foley as Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO)[i].

Mr Foley has significant senior management experience in the private, multi-national and commercial semi-state sectors. He joins EirGrid Group from Coillte where he is currently the Managing Director of the Land Solutions business and previously held the role of Managing Director of Coillte Enterprise.  Prior to Coillte, he was Director of Capital Programmes at Dublin Airport Authority.

Commenting on Mr Foley’s appointment, the Chairman of EirGrid Group, John O’Connor said

“On behalf of the board, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Mark Foley as Chief Executive of EirGrid Group following a competitive recruitment process.  

Mr Foley is exceptionally well experienced and qualified to lead the organisation through an unprecedented time of change in the energy sector.  He brings a wealth of expertise in strategy development and implementation, innovation, infrastructure development and renewable energy. He has the experience and skillsets to fulfil this demanding role to a very high standard in challenging times. 

Mr Foley understands the critical role that the EirGrid Group plays in developing, operating and managing the power system and the electricity market across the island of Ireland. I am confident he will build relationships with our key stakeholders to deliver for the benefit of consumers, stakeholders and communities on the island of Ireland.

We very much look forward to working with Mr Foley over the coming years as he leads the EirGrid Group and its experienced management team into the next phase of its development”.

Mr Foley will take up the role on 25 June 2018.

[i] Mr Foley succeeds Mr Fintan Slye who stepped down late last year to join the National Grid UK.