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Sean O'Keeffe appointed Chief Financial Officer of Zeus Group

Published date: 10/03/2022 11:42

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Zeus, the Irish-owned global packaging solutions company, has today announced the appointment of Sean O’Keeffe as Chief Financial Officer for the group. 

Sean was educated in Cork University graduating with BSc Honours in 1999. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 2002 and went on to work as Director of Corporate Finance with Deloitte for 11 years before taking up the role of Group CFO for Landmark Media Group from 2013-2019.

Sean has a strong corporate finance background, specialising in mergers & acquisitions. An experienced finance leader, managing large finance teams across multiple countries and locations, providing day to day finance operational support to business units.

From 2019, Sean has been working in a consultancy capacity with several businesses, including Zeus. Where he has supported and facilitated the acquisition activity, along with architecting a longer-term IT strategy for the Zeus business. 

Founded by Entrepreneur of the year Winner 2021, Brian O’Sullivan, Zeus has grown its business to over €300m since being established in 1998. During the past 4 years, revenue has increased through strategic acquisition by more than €160m and the group are well positioned to achieve revenues of half a billion by 2025.

Commenting on the appointment, Zeus CEO, Keith Ockenden said, ‘We are excited about Sean’s appointment. His experience in leading day to day finance operations, managing complex business process and coaching a more proactive business partnering approach will be welcomed by our Sales & Operational leaders’.

‘Our continued strategic growth plans require strong financial stewardship and leadership. It is vital growing business complexity does not lead to inefficiency. Sean’s appointment will consolidate and better structure our central finance functions, drive a more continuous improvement business partnering approach in policing our costs, protecting our margin, and ensuring well measured returns from our investment strategy.’

‘We are strengthening business analytics and reporting, drilling further into the organisation to unlock greater value and improve efficiencies. Sean will also focus on managing risk, modelling longer term strategies that will ensure a continued sustainable financial performance across the group.’

Sean will also assume responsibility of the IT strategy across the business with the group making significant investments in warehouse management systems as well as planning a longer-term ERP system upgrade.



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