Belfast Telegraph

Senior food industry figure David Holmes set to take over as the head of Warrenpoint Port

New role: David Holmes
New role: David Holmes
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By Ryan McAleer

Warrenpoint Port has appointed a senior figure from the Northern Ireland food industry as its new chief executive.

David Holmes, who has been operations director at Craigavon-based Irwin's Bakery for the past six years, will take over the role from Claire Guinness later in the summer.

One of Northern Ireland's few female chief executives, Ms Guinness also became the first female leader of an Irish port when she took the top job at the harbour in January last year.

Ms Guinness announced her departure last March after accepting a position with a property development company in London.

Mr Holmes' background includes senior positions at Kerry Group, Unigate and Premier Foods.

Stan McIlvenny, chairman of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, said: "With a background dealing with complex operations and supply chains in the food industry, David's wealth of experience will be a tremendous asset to the harbour.

"The board looks forward to working with David as he continues the transformative body of work that has been taking place at the port over recent months and years as we continue to see tonnage and turnover increase annually.

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"On behalf of the board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, I also wish to thank our outgoing CEO Clare Guinness for her great contribution to the port and the economic prosperity of the wider region during her tenure."

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