Chief Executive Officer

MERC Partners
Dublin, Leinster
14 September 2018
05 October 2018
Position / level
Contract Type
Full Time


Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) is the national statutory body providing public rail and bus transport within the Republic of Ireland. CIÉ is wholly owned by the Government of Ireland and reports to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. CIÉ's subsidiaries are:  Bus Atha Cliath, Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann.  CIÉ also owns CIÉ Tours International.  In addition, CIÉ itself contains a Holding Company which generates commercial revenues in its own right, manages property and pensions on behalf of the Group and provides a range of other professional shared services to the subsidiary companies.  In 2017 CIÉ Group, through its subsidiary companies, generated total revenues of €1,239 million with passenger journey's totalling 264 million.

To maintain high standards in the provision of the public transport and to compete successfully, in an ever-increasing competitive market place, CIÉ  must ensure that its subsidiaries and the Group strategy are fully aligned.  This responsibility is centralised in the office of Chief Executive Officer of CIÉ  Group.


Reporting directly to the Group Chairman and to the CIÉ Board, the CEO will be responsible for the coordination of the overall strategic vision of the CIÉ Group of companies in collaboration with the Boards and CEOs of the three subsidiary companies.

This is a crucial appointment for CIÉ Group and requires well-honed influencing skills, coupled with a track record of leadership and management, ideally gained within a similar complex services organisation (either private sector or public sector). He/she will be driven in terms of the delivery of stakeholder objectives with respect to the commercial and public service obligations of CIÉ. Candidates will have a strong business background and a track record of delivering change from an organisational and cultural prospective.

To express an interest in this opportunity, please contact Kieran Duff of MERC Partners in strictest confidence, quoting reference CIÉ CEO, enclsing a curriculum vitae and cover note outlining how you meet the requirements.

Kieran Duff, MERC Partners, 11/12 Richview Office, Park, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14.


Telephone: +353 1 206 6700

(Closing Date, 5th October 2018)

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