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Management Team

Michael Kearney - Chairman & CEO

Michael’s background is the Import and Distribution and Construction industry before he successfully entered the Hotel industry. His wealth of experience and entrepreneurial skills are of invaluable assistance in driving the growth and strategic direction of the business. He plays a key role in ensuring both the financial and legal requirements of the business are dealt with professionally and efficiently on an on-going basis.

John Varley - Group Managing Director

John is very experienced at all levels of management within the hotel industry. Highly regarded and well known for his operational, Sales and Marketing expertise within the Irish hotel industry, John is responsible for managing all aspects of the business of the group on a day to day basis. Under his guidance and leadership the group has become recognised within the industry as one of the leading hotel groups.

Jean O'Connell - Director of Sales & Marketing

Jean was promoted to this position having excelled in the Sales & Marketing role with the Carlton Hotel Group for the past 7 years. Jean has responsibility for ensuring that the Sales team is driven to achieve stringent sales targets and ensuring that marketing budgets and resources are utilised to maximise the revenue return across all hotels. Having gained experience in all markets, she is recognised as one of top sales & marketing professionals, achieving annual sales and marketing awards including the achievement of Best National Sales Professional.

Donal O'Doherty - Group Chief Financial Officer

Donal has over 15 years senior management experience gained in Property Development and Construction, and Manufacturing industries, both in Ireland and the UK.
He has extensive experience of dealing with all aspects of Accounting and Administration. In particular he has dealt extensively with financial institutions, private investors and joint-venture partners with regard to raising equity and project finance.

Sophia Weir - Group Director of Spa Operations

Sophia’s role involves strategically positioning, promoting and marketing the Spas, as products and entities in their own right. Sophia is an expert in her field of strategic spa management, maximising profitability and maintaining excellence in standards and guest care. She has a vast amount of experience in developing luxury hotel spas from start up to completion and thereafter to fully operational, profitable world class spas. In addition, Sophia worked with Failte Ireland in successfully categorising standards in spa properties in Ireland as well as being a member of the product marketing group overseeing promotion of Irish spas both at home and abroad.

Mairead Delaney - Group Revenue Manager

Mairead joined the Carlton Hotel Group in 2008. Prior to joining Carlton, Mairead was Revenue Manager with the Jurys Doyle Hotel Group. With responsibility for formulating the revenue management strategy for the Carlton Hotels and implement and monitor it on a daily basis. Setting up of systems to forecast demand, effective yield management and continuously ensuring proper distribution and pricing on all the distribution channels. Monitoring of revenue management policies and procedures, training, and coordinating with IT, Central Reservation Office and Systems to upsell and cross sell across the Group.

Mairead Carney - Group HR Manager

Following 10 years working as a senior manager in Hotels in the UK, Mairead returned to Ireland in 2000. Where, she has worked as Human Resource Manager in Hotels, putting in place all aspects of Human Resources including payroll structures,  HR policies and procedures as the opening HR Manager for new Hotels including the Crowne Plaza and Clarion Hotels. With 3 years as Regional HR Manager for Clarion Hotels, Dublin before becoming self-employed and consulting in the hospitality sector, advising business’s on all aspects of Human Resources.

Deirdre Ryan - Group Online Marketing Manager

With over 10 year's experience in the hospitality industry Deirdre began her career with the Carlton Group in April 2007. With management experience in Front office, Rooms Revenue, Sales & Marketing before embarking on online marketing. Deirdre has the responsibility of managing all online marketing for Carlton Group, including PPC Management, ezine management and the measurement of all online marketing campaigns. In recent times the development and implementation of Carlton’s social media campaign and SEO strategy is a huge benefit both in PR and Revenue terms to hotels.