Our Management Team


Brendan Coakley - Chairman

Brendan qualified as an accountant with KPMG before working with a large chemical concern, BASF AG, in Germany.

Returning to Ireland in the early 80’s to join the family agricultural distribution business he went on to lead the company & become Managing Director in 1984.

Brendan then joined Gillespie & Co. Ltd in 1993 and following the merger of Gillespie & Allegro in 1999 he became Chairman of Allegro.

Brendan brings a wealth of experience in the distribution sector to the business having been a Non – Executive Director / investor in a number of different enterprises.

In his free time, Brendan enjoys keeping fit, is a keen cyclist and tennis player.

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Cillian Molloy - Group Managing Director

Cillian joined the Allegro team in July 2018 and brings with him an abundance of experience spanning over 20 years in Finance, Manufacturing, Distribution and Brand Representation.

Cillian started his career as a financial accountant but quickly moved into general management as his preferred choice. He has managed businesses in private label manufacturing for export markets, wholesale distribution including the construction and hardware sector, but always with an emphasis on distribution to retail. He has worked with the wider Total Produce Group since 1999 in various roles with a 6 year sabbatical in-between. He has a record of successful delivery on change management projects including technology transformation and continuous improvement initiatives as a way to improve customer service and overall business performance. A graduate of DIT Business School and FCCA, Cillian recently completed a MBS in Innovation and Leadership.

When not working Cillian enjoys spending time with his young family. In his spare time he enjoys keeping fit, is a keen rugby supporter, golfer and also helps to coach his kids’ teams with his local GAA club.

Tadhg McCarthy:

Tadhg McCarthy - Group Finance Director

Tadhg Joined the Allegro team in May 2016 as finance director.

An experienced senior finance professional Tadhg has gained considerable FMCG experience in both Ireland and the UK, working in leading Irish companies and international multinationals. While the role has many demands, it’s the commercial element of the job that he finds most rewarding, working with both suppliers and customers to create sustainable improvements within the value chain.

Tadhg is a member of the ACCA, has completed an executive MBA with the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and participated in the IMI Business Transform programme.

For fun, you’ll find Tadhg in the great outdoors, whether it’s a relaxing walk with his wife and dogs, or an adventure on the water either kayaking or sailing.


Kylie Burke – Group IT Director

Kylie brings a wealth of knowledge of the FMCG industry with over 25 years’ experience in the trade and holds a BS(Hons) in Business Information Systems.

Kylie started her career within the Group, joining Wholefoods Wholesale in 1996, where she gained experience in warehouse operations, software implementations and project management. Moving into Allegro in the role of specialist Project Manager in 2017, she has successfully managed the overhaul of Allegro IT systems and implementation of several new systems including ERP, communications, and HR platforms. In 2021, Kylie was appointed to the role of IT Director for the Group and has responsibility for the strategic direction and investment decisions for IT systems and processes. Kylie is results driven and enjoys working in a challenging, fast paced environment, providing solutions to support the continued growth of the business.

In her spare time, Kylie can be found in the outdoors with her partner & dogs, scuba diving (temperature permitting!) or indulging her passion for music at concerts around Ireland.

Joe Butler

Joe Butler - Commercial Director

Joe joined the Allegro team in 2017 as Commercial Director. A well-established professional in the Irish FMCG market, he brings with him a wealth of experience across many sectors including Food, Personal Care and Manufacturing.

Joe has held senior managerial positions as Sales and Commercial Director in a variety of international and local businesses and places huge emphasis on teamwork, focusing his energy on supporting and motivating teams to achieve success.

Joe is a proactive forward thinker and believes in taking a hands on approach. He has strong relationships with retailers across all channels and is well accustomed to delivering to KPI’s. He enjoys the fast pace of FMCG and brings great energy to the business.

Joe is a keen Rugby and GAA supporter and loves nothing more than seeing his beloved Munster win the Heineken Cup or Tipp win the Liam McCarthy.

Mandy Greene

Mandy Greene - Operations Manager

Mandy joined the purchasing department of Allegro in 2001 and with over 17 years’ experience in Purchasing, Stock Management, Warehousing and Logistics she took up her current role as Operations Manager in 2017. Mandy’s role as Operations Manager is to oversee the Supply Chain process which involves supporting our Customer Service & Procurement teams along with the successful partnership held with our third party logistics provider – Pulse Logistics.

With such a wealth of experience Mandy is a key go person within the business. She enjoys working in a busy and fast paced environment where each day brings with it new challenges and opportunities.

Mandy is our social guru and always has her finger on the pulse of what’s happening about town. She loves nothing better than organising Allegro’s busy social calendar which is a key part in developing general comradeship & building what has become a strong cross functional team.


Paul Finnegan - Beiersdorf Business Unit Manager

Paul joined Allegro team in January 2018, initially overseeing the Pharmacy Channel prior to taking up his current position heading up the Beiersdorf Business Unit.

With over a decade’s experience in the Health, Beauty and Personal Care industry, he has worked across various retail and distribution roles representing market leading brands servicing both the Grocery and Pharmacy channels in Ireland.

This is underpinned by his passion for building brands, managing the customer relationship and engaging the wider team to successfully activate our strategy in each of these channels.

A graduate of DIT, Paul holds a BSc in Retail & Services Management, a Masters Degree in Business Studies and is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

In his spare time you will find Paul out and about with his young family or on a rare night off taking in a good restaurant!

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Eleanor Gaffney - Coty Business Manager

Eleanor Gaffney Nolan joined the Allegro team May 2020, Eleanor comes with a wealth of knowledge with over 20 years’ experience in sales & marketing with in the FMCG market across many international beauty and personal care brands.

Eleanor’s can-do attitude brings strong results to beauty brands within the Irish market that she works on and over the years has built strong and solid relationships with all key retailers and brands alike.

In her free time Eleanor can be found spending quality time with her young family and is known to spend her bank holiday weekends throughout the year at Irish and UK competitions for ‘Twirling’ which her daughter competes in.


Orlaith Delamere - Food Business Unit Manager

Orlaith joined the Allegro team in 2016 working in a National Account Management role within the retail channel.

Orlaith brings with her a wealth of experience having worked on both the retailer and supplier side of the retail industry for the past 11 years. Over 7 years spent learning the ropes in Superquinn and more latterly the Musgrave group as part of the commercial buying team has given Orlaith a comprehensive understanding as to how to manage brands in the Irish marketplace.

2018 saw the development of a significant Food division within the Allegro commercial team. Orlaith proudly leads this team in the role of Food Business Manager.

Having a B.A degree in German and Anthropology and MSc in Real Estate Orlaith considers herself ‘well rounded’. In her spare time Orlaith can be found walking her beloved dogs or trying not to injure herself whilst skiing with friends.


John Hayes - Grocery Field Sales Manager

John joined Allegro in 2015 with a long established background in Sales, in both Unilever and Kelkin. He spent 25 year working in Unilever in various sales roles from Field sales representative to National Account Manager and lastly to managing 5 field sales divisions within Unilever.

After Unilever he moved to General Sales Manager in Kelkin and gained great experience partnering with brand owners in the selling and distribution of their brands. He managed both the National Accounts team and the Field Sales team for 5 years in Kelkin before joining the team in Allegro. John has completed an executive M.sc in Sales with the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and is very passionate about people coaching, and obtaining the optimum performance from his team.

He is a qualified EUFA soccer coach and was capped at junior level for Ireland eight times, three of which he captained the side.  He is enthusiastic supporter of all sports and is a firm believer in encouraging and maintaining young people’s participation in a sport at any level.

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Sarah Murphy - Personal Care Business Unit Manager

Sarah joined the Allegro team in 2020 with a background in sales and marketing working across various personal care & baby brands within the FMCG Market.

She focuses on building lifelong relationships with her clients and tailors all her energy into developing brands and finding new opportunities within the market to engage with. Finding a niche market or drawing on current trends is her key to building brand growth whilst enjoying the fun of the chase along the way.

Sarah enjoys the adventure of exploring new destinations from her various travels across the world & at home here in Ireland. She is an avid Liverpool fan & can be found shouting at a tv screen most weekends!

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Anna Keogh –Training Manager

Anna joined Allegro in March 2020 and brings with her a wealth of experience in luxury cosmetics.

Having worked with the some of the largest global brands within the luxury cosmetic sector , Anna’s knowledge of the business is immense.

An ultimate team player , Anna relishes the challenge  of achieving success as part of a team,  working collectively to accomplish  both company and brand objectives across Sales, Marketing and Training divisions.   She has a very open style in relation to sharing idea’s, strategy and product information with both colleagues and clients within the luxury cosmetic retail environment.

When not working, Anna enjoys time in the garden, cooking up a storm, trying to improve her yoga practice,  supporting all things green in rugby and soccer terms, visiting galleries and drinking delicious coffee!


Niamh Wilson - Luxury@Allegro Division Manager

Niamh joined the Allegro team in 2020 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in sales, marketing & brand management within the Luxury fragrance and beauty industry.  Over her 12 year career she has worked with some of the leading global luxury and premium brands.

With a genuine passion for the industry, she enjoys building a partnership with the brand owners & retailers to build successful bespoke plans for the Irish market.

A team player at heart, she enjoys the challenge of achieving success as a team, working collaboratively together to achieve all sales, brand and business targets that have been set.

In her free time she loves catching up with friends, visiting family in the beautiful North West of Ireland, walking the golden beaches and jumping into the clear North Atlantic sea. Every year she counts down the days to her annual ski holiday.


David Curtis – Household Business Unit Manager

Dave joined the Allegro team in 2019 managing the Allegro home & cleaning care business portfolios.
Dave has a wealth of experience within the industry having worked for many well-known brands including Coca Cola, Weetabix & Stella Artois.

He is a keen Triathlete and participates regularly in events across the country.

David Mc Cullough

David Mc Cullough – NI Business Unit Manager

David joined Allegro in 2001 as a Sales Rep in NI covering Armagh, Down & Belfast before being appointed Key Accounts Manager2007 and then NI BU manager in 2018.

David studied Sales & Distribution at UUJ and upon graduating took up a role with Coca Cola before moving to Cadbury working in both NI and London.

David has a wealth of knowledge in grocery, pharmacy & wholesale markets in NI and relies on this to grow the Allegro Brands within  NI through all categories.  He also relies on his experiences to motivate and develop the NI team to achieve successes both in their career and personally.

In his spare time  qualified youth football coach and enjoys nothing more than standing on the sidelines watching the kids enjoying playing football with their mates

David keeps fit with walking his dog and being one of those annoying cyclists that keeps everyone back on those quiet country roads.

Debbie Hanna

Debbie Hanna – Credit Control Manager

Debbie joined the accounts team of Allegro in 2011 working across the various accounts’ functions and with over 8 years’ experience she started her role as Credit Control Manager in 2019. Debbie’s role as Credit Control Manager is to oversee the debtor function of Allegro, with the support of the accounts receivable team.

With a can-do attitude she enjoys working in a busy and fast paced environment where each day brings with it new challenges and opportunities.
In her spare time, you will find Debbie at the gym or practicing yoga at the park or on the beach.

Amy Callaghan

Amy Callaghan – Financial Controller

Amy joined the Allegro team in May 2017 initially as Group Financial Reporting Accountant, progressing to Financial Controller in 2018.

Amy is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA) and the Irish Taxation Institute (CTA). She has both a Masters in Accounting & Finance and a BA in Accounting & Finance from DCU. Prior to joining Allegro, she spent 7 years across several roles within the audit department of Deloitte Ireland where she worked with large businesses in the consumer and technology industries.

Outside of the office, Amy has a young family to keep her busy. She enjoys spending time with them outdoors, especially with the beach on her doorstep. In quiet moments, you will find her curled up with a good book or indulging in a nice meal out.

Tom Roche

Tom Roche – IT Manager

Tom graduated from DIT Rathmines in Programming following up with SSADM and was employed in a number of Software houses writing and maintaining distribution software for national and international companies including Coca Cola and Braun AG.

Tom joined the Allegro IT team in 1990 as a software developer. Allegro IT rewrote all their software for their distribution and warehousing business and were early adopters of EDI. Tom was also part of the team that moved the Allegro warehousing operation from paper to electronic in 1996.

In 1999 Tom was appointed Allegro IT manager for ROI and NI. During this time, the Y2K project was also completed. Tom organised the IT move from Allegro’s warehousing and distribution base in Sandyford to their partner Masterlink in Clonmel.

In his spare time Tom enjoys reading, sport and music.

Zita Larney

Zita Larney – Operations Manager

Zita joined Allegro in 2006 working up through customer service and supply chain to her current position of Operations Manager. With over 16 years’ experience Zita has extensive knowledge of purchasing, warehousing, and logistics.

Zita enjoys working in the fast paced, challenging area of Operations. With the support of dedicated procurement and customer service teams, Zita strives to ensure Allegro are delivering the best possible service to all Brand Partners and Customers.

A graduate of Dublin City University, Zita holds a BA in Journalism.

In her spare time, you can find Zita curled up with a good book or spending quality time with family.

Emma Healy

Emma Healy – HR Manager

Emma joined the Allegro team in 2020 with an established background in People Management and Luxury sales. With over 12 years experience Emma has extensive knowledge of how to effectively manage and develop large multisite teams. Emma is commercially astute with a business acumen for driving strategic goals and results, and ensuring exceptional service and standards are delivered and maintained.

A graduate of NCI, Emma holds a BA (Hons) in HRM Strategy and Practice and is a CIPD accredited Associate. Emma really enjoys working across the broad array of HRM including Employee Engagement and Culture, Employee Wellbeing, Talent Management, Learning and Development and Policy development and implementation. Emma is extremely passionate about organisation culture and strongly believes the HR function helps people to positively impact the over all success of the business.

Away from office life Emma has a young family to keep her busy. She loves to travel and particularly enjoys taking trips back home to her native Cork.