Business 100 – 2014

O'Byrne Brian

Brian O’Byrne/INOV8 Beverage Consulting Group

Brian O’Byrne is CEO and co-founder of the INOV8 Beverage Consulting Group, advisory service providers for both established and start-up beverage companies. Brian began his career at Coras Trachtala for which he served in Britain, Germany, and Austria. He has extensive history in the beverage industry and has held a number of positions at Irish Distillers, Pernod-Ricard USA, and Cadbury Schweppes before co-founding INOV8. He received a bachelor’s degree in commerce from University College, Dublin and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.

Brian is a native of Dublin and speaks highly of his Irish identity, saying, “It defines me and keeps me grounded.”

He sits on a number of boards including the Ole Smoky Distillery, is senior advisor to Centerview Capital, and is on the Harvard Business Review advisory council.

Brian and his wife Mary live in Rye, NY and have six children, Ronan, Darragh, Klara, Aoife, Conor, and Michael.