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Barry O'Leary is the former CEO of IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency), which is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland.

Prior to this appointment he was divisional manager of the IDA's LifeSciences and Information and Communications Technology business units. He has worked in IDA for over 30 years in most of its business areas, including two periods totalling 15 years in Germany, latterly as director, Europe, until 2002.

O'Leary has been deeply involved in changing the profile and raising the value of Ireland's inward investments over the past ten years. He has been primarily responsible for the successful establishment of Ireland as the leading global location outside the U.S. for biopharmaceuticals.

He has also led IDA teams in winning significant investments from a number of key clients such as Lilly BioPharma, Servier, Pfizer, Centocor, Cordis, IBM, Kelloggs, Altana, Merck, and Cisco Systems among others.

O'Leary has held a number of different positions in industrial companies prior to joining IDA Ireland, including Nestle and the Smurfit Group.

Last Updated: June 12, 2017