Mr. Kieran Calnan’s former CEO, of South Western Services (SWS) Limited, a highly successful company that was based in West Cork, which provided Business processing outsourcing services to a long and varied list of blue chip clients in the food and drink, media, banking, telecommunications, retail and energy sectors. As senior manager of the company for 25 years culminating in his appointment as Chief Executive in 1996, Mr. Calnan oversaw the diversification of SWS from a single service provider (agricultural services) to a multi-service company that included Renewables, Business Process Outsourcing, Forestry and Business Services. The energy business was subsequently sold to Bord Gais in 2009 for a consideration in excess of €500 million.
Mr. Calnan played an active role in promoting the award winning West Cork Fuschia brand (aimed at marketing quality products including seafood from the West Cork area) during its formative years. Kieran has also been responsible for driving job creation and revenue to the West Cork region through the development of a state of the art Business/Technology Park culminating in upwards of 1,000 people currently employed on the site.
Kieran is a member of the Advisory Committee of the UCC ‘Ignite’ programme, an initiative that aims to promote entrepreneurship in the Munster region and also a Director/Shareholder of a U.S. company, Lakeview Energy, who are involved in renewable fuel.