Marine Institute appoints Michael Gillooly Interim CEO

Galway Daily news Marine Institute appoints Michael Gillooly Interim CEO
Michael Gillooly, Director of Ocean Science and Information Services at the Marine Institute. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure.

The Marine Institute based in Oranmore has announced that Michael Gillooly has been appointed as the interim CEO while the search for a permanent Chief Executive is underway.

Mr Gillooly was confirmed as interim CEO of the Marine Institute at a meeting of its Board, following the retirement of Dr Paul Connolly from the role at the end of June.

Dr John Killeen, Chair of the Marine Institute, said, “On behalf of the Marine Institute Board, we are very pleased that Michael Gillooly has accepted the position of Interim CEO.”

“He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of not only the Marine Institute, but also the marine science industry at large and we have every confidence that Mr Gillooly will successfully lead the organisation through this transition period.”

Mr Gillooly has worked with the Marine Institute for over 30 years, and has decades of senior management experience in marine technical research, operational projects and infrastructure projects.

He has also been the Director of Ocean Climate and Information Services of the Marine Institute since 2003.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Gillooly said that it was an exciting time for the Marine Institute, with the recent launch of their five-year strategy, ‘Ocean Knowledge that Informs and Inspires’.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the Board, the senior leadership team and all of my colleagues across the Marine Institute and the wider marine community and building on the great work delivered under Dr Connolly’s leadership”.

The campaign to recruit a Chief Executive Officer has commenced with support from Perrett Laver. You can view the job profile and find details on the application process here.

Galway Daily