Independent Chairperson - Mr. Padraic White:
Entrepreneur and former CEO of IDA-Ireland
Padraic White was appointed as inaugural Chairperson of the RRAI by its Board of Directors.
Padraic has a special interest in the SME sector and is chairman of a number of SME companies including Arigna Fuels Ltd, the Collins McNicholas Recruitment and HR Services Group, and Certification Europe Ltd. He is an advisor to Kernel Capital and is chairman of the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund managed by Kernel Capital.
He is chairman of the of the UTV Media Group’s Dublin radio station Q102FM, and was a founder member of the station. He is a Board member of UTV Ireland, which intends to launch a new national television service early in 2015.
He is a director of a number of financial service companies: Willis Risk Services Ireland; and Setanta Asset Management Funds plc.
His public and community interests include chairmanship of the Louth Economic Forum, Coolock Development Council Ltd., Leitrim Recreation Strategy Forum, and membership of the Board of Trustees of the Waterford Viking Triangle.
He is a former Chief Executive and Board member of the Industrial Development Authority of Ireland (IDA –Ireland). During his tenure, IDA negotiated the initial location in Ireland of some of today's leading Irish-based multinationals such as Microsoft, IBM Software and Intel, and the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin was successfully launched with IDA-participation.
He was the inaugural Chairman of the Railway Procurement Agency (2002-2007), which was responsible for the construction, launch and initiation of the first LUAS light rail services in Dublin.
He is a native of Kinlough, County Leitrim, and is married to Senator Mary White, co-founder of Lir Chocolates Ltd.
He is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) and holds the IOD Diploma in Company Direction.
Executive Support – Mr. Jerome White:
Jerome White commenced his role as Executive Support to RRAI in June 2014. Jerome previously held the role between 2009 and 2010.
Jerome has held senior sales, marketing and public affairs management roles with Coca-Cola Hellenic and John West Sea-foods over a 20 year period. He spent 5 of those years in Commercial Director roles with Coca-Cola Hellenic in Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.
In addition Jerome also spent 3 years as National Director of the Irish Brewers Association, the trade representative body of the Irish brewing industry.
Jerome is a native of Cork and is a graduate of University College Cork. Jerome also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in General Management from IMD in Lausanne.