Irial Finan to Retire from 30-Year Career with Coca-Cola
By Dave Lewis, Editorial Assistant
February / March 2018
After over 30 years of leading the beverage industry, Irial Finan (below), a native of Roscommon and a frequent honoree for our Business 100 list, is set to retire in March.
Finan started his career at the beverage industry giant Coca-Cola in the 1980s as financial controller, later becoming finance director of Coca-Cola Bottlers, Dublin.
Following his time in Dublin, in 1995, Finan was promoted to managing director at Molino Beverages, where he was responsible for expanding markets throughout the world.
Under Finan, Molino reached new heights in his native country, Ireland, along with Romania, Russia, and Nigeria. Finan continued with his tradition of this kind of success in 2004 when he became president of the company’s bottling investments group and supply chain, as well as executive vice president after he managed the merger integration of Coca-Cola with Hellenic Bottling SA a year before in 2003.
Since then, Finan has served as director on numerous boards, including the American Ireland Fund and the Smurfit Kappa Group.
Coca-Cola president and CEO James Quincey expressed his gratitude for Finan’s hard work over the years:
“I want to thank Irial for his leadership and dedicated service to our global Coca-Cola system over the last 36 years.” ♦ Dave Lewis