Owen Killian to speak at Midlands Gateway Chamber Breakfast Briefing

Owen Killian accepting his award as Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador of the Year 2009/10

Owen Killian accepting his award as Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador of the Year 2009/10

The Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador of the Year 2009/10 is to speak at a breakfast briefing on innovation on Tuesday, February 2 in the Tullamore Court Hotel.

The breakfast briefing will focus on the challenges facing the food production industry in the coming years. Speaking about the upcoming breakfast briefing Dominic Doheny, president of the Midlands Gateway Chamber said, “As an organisation the Midlands Gateway Chamber has a responsibility to hold forums for the business community which focus on the challenges facing them but equally to look at opportunities in a recession. Owen Killian was selected as the Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador of the Year 2009/10 because of his vision and entrepreneurial skills in building a very successful business and of course because of the influence this has on the Midlands as a region. At the breakfast briefing on February 2, he will be telling his story.”

Killian was appointed CEO of IAWS Group in 2003. He has held senior executive positions with IAWS Group since its flotation in 1988, having joined IAWS in 1977. Owen Killian is CEO of ARYZTA, which was formed from the merger of IAWS Group in Ireland and Switzerland's Hiestand Holding AG in August 2008. He is also a non-executive director and chairman of Origin Enterprises plc, a leading player in the agri-nutrition sector in Ireland, UK, and Poland. ARYZTA is majority shareholder in Origin Enterprises plc.

ARYZTA is incorporated in Zurich and is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange and Irish Stock Exchange. It is the global leader in speciality bakery with geographic reach from North America through Europe to South East Asia and Australia. Some of its brands include Hiestand, Cuisine de France, Delice de France, Coup de Pates, La Brea Bakery, and Otis Spunkmeyer.

ARYZTA's first annual report revealed sales of €3.2m for 12 months ended July 2009 and earnings per share of 234.7c.

Tickets for the breakfast briefing are priced at €25 each and are available by contacting Karen Cunningham on (087 ) 948 0007 or [email protected]. Places are limited, so early booking is advised

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