Ailish Forde, director general of RGDATA, the Irish independent grocers’ lobby group, leaves in June after four years in the role.
She is helping to choose her successor at the moment. She has declared her intention to take a break in Italy after stepping down from her post before “moving on to other things” outside the group.
She said she was confident that she leaves behind “a dynamic and vibrant sector that provides much needed competition and choice for consumers in Ireland”. During her time in the role, she steered RGDATA through the introduction of the euro and the effective ban on superstores and below-cost selling.
Forde joined the organisation from the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation, replacing Michael Campbell on his retirement.
Her departure follows the election of new RGDATA president Ray Ryan for a two-year term, succeeding Jim Marshall.