New CEO for JFK Trust

From left US businessman Donald R. Keough, former Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and current Chairman of the Board of Allen & Company Incorporated, Sean Connick Kennedy Trust chairman, Niell O'Dowd assistant editor Irish America magazine and Sean Riedy CEO. Photo Mary Brown.

By Matthew Skwiat, Editorial Assistant
June / July 2014

The board of the John F. Kennedy Trust, New Ross, recently announced the election of Sean Connick as the new chief executive officer of the company following a publicly advertised competition for the position. Connick had entered politics in 1999 and was a former TD and Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture.

Connick, who has been involved with the Trust for many years, will be replacing Sean Reidy who will retire this June after 23 years as CEO.

“I am delighted to take up this new challenge in my life and to be a part of the massive contribution which the JFK Trust makes to the social, economic, and cultural development of the New Ross area,” Connick said following the announcement.

New Ross, the site of the ancestral home of John F. Kennedy spurred the creation of the trust in 1988 to commemorate the legacy of the late president. Among its many tourist and social development projects are the Irish emigration database, the Dunbrody Famine ship and Irish Emigrant Experience (where the Irish America Hall of Fame is housed) the Kennedy Homestead at Dunganstown, and the Irish emigrant wall of honor. Retiring CEO Sean Reidy had nothing but positive words to say about the future of the trust and the appointment of Connick, “I know Sean Connick will bring terrific energy, ability, and enthusiasm to the task.”

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