Saint-Gobain Construction Products Ireland has announced the appointment of Pádraig Barry as their new Managing Director. Pádraig has been appointed to the role following the retirement of Brian Dolan in June.
Pádraig has worked with the Saint-Gobain group since 2007 and has spent the last 10 years in the UK as Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Weber (UK & Ireland). Prior to this, Pádraig was the Managing Director of Isover Ireland also part of the Saint-Gobain group.
Before he joined the Saint-Gobain group in 2007, Pádraig worked in the medical device sector- mostly in Ireland- and spent 15 years at senior General Manager level with a strong focus on manufacturing operations, as well as product development and marketing.
During his career with Saint-Gobain, Pádraig has a proven track record in leadership and management, and has amassed an extensive knowledge of the group and the markets it operates in. In his new role as Managing Director, Pádraig will be charged with developing and executing business strategies for the Saint-Gobain brands Gyproc and Isover in Ireland. He will also be responsible for leading and guiding the executive team, overseeing the company’s business operations, as well as continuing to grow and enhance Saint-Gobain’s brand and profile as leaders in the Irish building materials market.
A Limerick native, Pádraig holds a BSc in Manufacturing Technology and went on to study for an MBA from the University of Limerick. He has a passion for sports – particularly hurling, running, rugby and golf.
Commenting on his appointment as the Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Construction Products Ireland, Pádraig Barry said:
“I have been working with Saint-Gobain for more than 13 years now, so I am acutely aware of the talented team working with the firm across Ireland and the UK, so I am honoured to be appointed as Managing Director. I look forward to engaging with my colleagues and our customers in my new role over the coming months to help create healthy, safe and sustainable buildings for Ireland.
“As Managing Director, my focus will be on continuing the successful growth of this business and to use my experience working in the different markets to help guide our team to meet any challenges head on. I look forward to helping to guide our talented team to achieve our organisational objectives, and to continue to grow our reputation as leaders in the Irish building materials market.”
Saint-Gobain, the worldwide leader for Habitat, which accounts for more than 70% of its sales – mainly for new residential construction and renovation – Saint-Gobain is also very active on industrial markets. The Group provides its expertise in the areas of innovation and co-development through a wide range of high-performance materials for demanding applications in diverse segments, such as the automotive, aeronautical, health, defense, security, and even the food & beverage industries.
Saint-Gobain provides solutions that make buildings more efficient in terms of their energy consumption, and which help contribute to saving the planet. Most of its solutions (especially those using glass, mineral wool insulation, plasterboards, and facade and floor covering mortars) are already helping and will help even more in the future to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
Tomorrow’s habitat will comply with all dimensions of comfort. Everyone wants to enjoy a sense of well-being in their home, to feel safe, protected from the negative aspects of the outside world, comfortable and healthy. Saint-Gobain provides aesthetic solutions (windows, colored mortars, paintable fabrics, etc.), and solutions to improve air quality and manage light and acoustic comfort (ceilings and plasterboards).
In Ireland, some of the best known and respected brands in the construction sector are part of the Group, including Gyproc, Isover, Weber, Ecophon, JP Corry, Bassetts, Performance Plastics and PDM. Together they offer a range of high performance energy-saving products and solutions to help create a more sustainable built environment.