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OUR TEAM

LOCAL PEOPLE, LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Your dedicated local dealer team will support you and your business. They will provide expert advice on key industry challenges and work with you on solutions, ensuring you receive the best service and products in the Irish market.

Dealer Area Manager, Leinster/South East/Midlands, Circle K

Peter O'Connor
Dealer Area Manager, South East

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Peter has been in the oil industry for over 35 years, working for Jet, Statoil and Circle K. He started out as a Marketing Assistant responsible for supporting the Retail Area Managers. From there, he moved to the role of Dealer Representative for the Midlands and then in Dublin. When Jet was sold to Statoil, Peter moved into the role of Company Area Manager responsible for licensee sites in Leinster, managing profitability and overall site performance. This was followed by a period as Distributor Area Manager in Leinster, managing key distributors ensuring targets were met and health and safety polices adhered to. Peter is currently Dealer Area Manager for the East, responsible for managing the existing Circle K Dealer network in his area, implementing all Circle K marketing campaigns and initiatives, and identifying key opportunities to grow and develop the Circle K Retail network. He is also responsible for providing Health & Safety support and advice to site operators.

Dealer Area Manager, South West, Circle K

Tony Buckley
Dealer Area Manager, South West

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Tony has worked in the oil industry for over 34 years, starting out in the BP Cork Oil Depot, working in the scheduling department. He moved to Dublin in the early 1980’s and worked in the areas of procurement and supply. He worked as Dealer Area Manager for BP in the North West in the late 1980’s after which he moved back to Cork, working in both the commercial and retail sectors. Tony has been a Company Area Manager, responsible for site profitability, standards and staff, and is currently Dealer Area Manager in the South having also carried out this role in the West. Tony is responsible for managing the existing Circle K Dealer network in his area, implementing all Circle K marketing campaigns and initiatives, and identifying key opportunities to grow and develop the Circle K Retail network. He is also responsible for providing Health & Safety support and advice to site operators.

Dealer Area Manager, Northern Ireland/North East, Circle K

Richard Stones
Dealer Area Manager, Northern Ireland

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Richard is based in Belfast and is responsible for managing the existing Circle K Dealer network in his area, implementing all Circle K marketing campaigns and initiatives, and identifying key opportunities to grow and develop the Circle K Retail network. He has over 16 years’ experience in the oil industry working for Shell and then moving to Circle K. He started as a Company Area Manager for Northern Ireland, where his responsibilities included managing store profitability and site standards across 13 locations. He moved to the role of Dealer Area Manager in 2001, where he has overseen the transition in branding from Shell to Topaz and been responsible for growing the presence of the Circle K brand in both Northern Ireland and Donegal. He is also responsible for providing Health & Safety support and advice to site operators. Richard’s previous experience includes working for Coca Cola and a number of fast food and restaurant outlets. His qualifications include a BA in Business Studies, a Masters in Business Administration and a Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Occupational Psychology.

Dealer Area Manager, Circle K

Enda O'Reilly
Dealer Area Manager, North West

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Enda has over 14 years experience working in the forecourt industry having previously worked for Shell and Statoil before joining Circle K. Previous to this Enda worked in management positions in Dunne’s Stores throughout Ireland. He has worked in a number of rolls in Circle K including recruitment, loss prevention, fraud detection and administration controls. Having managed a number of high profile sites and most recently our station in Dublin Port Enda brings a wealth of experiences and fully understands the concerns and issues facing retailers today. Enda puts a strong emphasis on sales, staff engagement, customer loyalty and food safety while always focused on HSE.

Dealer Area Manager - Leinster, Circle K

Peter Davidson
Dealer Area Manager, Leinster

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Peter has worked within the oil industry for almost 20 years having joined Esso Ireland Ltd. In 1996. Peter started off his career in Lubricants as an Area Manager responsible for the Sales and Marketing of Passenger Vehicle Lubes. Peter set up a Distributor Network to sell Esso Lubricants as well as developing sales channels directly through the OEM vehicle importers and the Franchised dealer networks. In 1999 Peter added the Mobil range of Lubricants to his portfolio after the merger of Esso & Mobil. In 2002 Peter Joined the Dealer Team working in the Leinster area looking after the Esso Dealers network and negotiating to sign both existing and new dealer sites. Peter’s territory grew over the next few years along with his responsibilities. Peter was the primary contact for the Esso Image contract, all advertising in trade publications, Credit management and was part of the emergency response team for the JFT in Alexandra Road. In 2010 Peter was appointed to the role of Business Venture Manager with a focus on developing Group business for Esso. Peter had to identify opportunities to grow and develop the Esso Retail Network through Groups in The Republic of Ireland. Peter continues to look after the existing Circle K Dealer Network in his area, implementing all Circle K marketing campaigns and initiatives, and identifying key opportunities to grow and develop the Circle K Retail Network. He is also responsible for providing Health & Safety support and advice to site operators.

Dealer Trainee Area Manager, Circle K

Neil Costello
Dealer Trainee Area Manager

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Neil has over 15 years’ experience working in the oil industry. He joined Esso (Ireland ROC) in 2003 as the companies first COCO Service Store Manager & in 2005 he progressed to working on projects covering Security, Cash Handling opportunities, Labour Control, Automated Stock Replenishment to name a few. In 2012, Neil was appointed as Esso Category Manager for Alcohol, Tobacco & Grocery. This was an extremely broad role, gaining lots of experiencing in Product development & Placement, Margin management and control, Space Planning and Project Management with particular focus on the Food Service introduction to the Esso COCO retail market, which he also managed after implementation. Circle K acquired the Esso Ireland business in 2015 and Neil joined the Dealer Network in the Business Development section, moving away from his previous retail roles. In Feb 2017 he started as Trainee Area Manager, which supports the existing Dealer Network team and helps maintain and build relationships with all key Dealers throughout the 32 counties of Ireland.

Dealer Area Manager - South West, Circle K

Fred Lynch
Dealer Area Manager, Midwest

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Fred has worked within the oil industry for over 25 years having joined Esso Ireland Ltd. In 1990. Fred started off his Esso career at the Alexandra Road Oil Terminal, working within the Orderpoint Department having responsibilities for fuels order taking and subsequent scheduling. Fred was then seconded to Esso Serve Europe as Orderpoint Group Head having responsibility for the ‘Delivery Management’ function across Ireland, Norway & Switzerland and was Manchester based. Upon his repatriation back to Esso Ireland in 2002, Fred became a Territory Manager within the Company Owned network having responsibility for COCO & Licensee Sites in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Tipperary & Waterford. In 2006 Fred relocated back to Dublin and went on secondment to Esso Ireland’s subsidiary IROC (Irish Retail Operating Company) as a Territory Manager within the ‘On the Run’ portfolio having responsibility for health & safety, managing profitability, staff and overall site performance. In 2010 Fred relocated back to Cork as a Dealer Territory Manager and remained in that position until the Circle K. acquisition of Esso Ireland Ltd. Fred is currently a Dealer Area Manager for the South & West, responsible for managing the existing Circle K Dealer network in his area, implementing all Circle K marketing campaigns and initiatives, and identifying key opportunities to grow and develop the Circle K Retail network. He is also responsible for providing Health & Safety support and advice to site operators.

Dealer Manager, Circle K

Andy Kavanagh
Dealer Operations Manager

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Andy Kavanagh joined Circle K in 2015 as part of the Esso Ireland acquisition. Having joined Esso in 1996, Andy held a wide range of sales roles in Ireland / Europe managing networks of independent lubricants distributors and consulting to the sales teams across Europe, Africa and Middle East. In recent years with ExxonMobil, Andy specialised in the area of Learning & Development and business planning. Andy was also the Marketing manager for Tedcastles Lubricants and an account executive with one of Irelands leading advertising agencies. He is a qualified Mechanical Engineer. Since joining Circle K, Andy has worked in HR and Learning & Development leading a number of projects and initiatives. Andy joined the Dealer Partner Team in September 2017 leading the Area manager team and managing Dealer operations. Andy is committed to developing and adding value to our Dealer Partner relationships as we become Circle K.

Senior Director Retail Sales & Operations Dealers, Circle K

Jonathan Diver
Senior Director Retail Sales & Operations Dealers

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Jonathan Diver joined Statoil in 2001 and has worked in the roles of Site Manager and Area Manager before he was appointed to the role of Circle K Dealer Business Manager in early 2007. Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience working in the retail business working for Quinnsworth, Tesco, Freedom (Australia), Statoil, Topaz and now Circle K. Jonathan is responsible for managing the Circle K Dealer Retail Network of over 200 locations. During his time he has driven the development of the Dealer offer improving customer service, increasing value for customers and providing professional advice and support in dealing with the challenges of retail convenience. Jonathan is also responsible for the development of the Circle K Franchise concept for Ireland and for the development of new income business formats for our retail business as a whole. His qualifications include a BSc in Management and he recently completed a Masters in Strategic Sales Management.

Retail Operations Programme Manager Franchise, Circle K

Gillian McGowran
Retail Operations Programme Manager Franchise

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Gillian joined Circle K in 2011 and has worked in the roles of Group Marketing Manager and Head of Marketing before her appointment to Retail Operations Programme Manager for Franchise. During her marketing career in Circle K Gillian has led the development of strategic marketing initiatives for Circle K including the development of the Re.Store brand, and the award winning Play or Park loyalty programme as well as the delivery of successful marketing initiatives. Gillian has led a team of marketing professionals in managing a diverse portfolio of brands, delivering consumer insights and world class marketing communications and promotions for our company owned sites and dealer network. Gillian has almost 20 years’ experience in retail holding senior manager roles in Boots Ireland and now Circle K Ireland. Gillian is responsible for managing the successful, quality implementation of all new Franchise sites. Maintaining oversight, control and governance of all sites plans and acting as the link between the channel and head office departments. Gillian’s qualifications include a Graduateship in Marketing, MMII (Grad).

Head of Retail Operations Franchise, Circle K

Damian Byrne
Head of Retail Operations Franchise

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Damian joined Circle K in December 2015 as the Head of Retail Operations managing 84 of our company owned sites before being appointed to Head of Retail Operations for the franchise channel. Damian has over 20 years’ experience working in the retail sector for a number of organizations including Vodafone UK, Vodafone Ireland and globally as the Head of Retail for Digicel Asia-Pacific. Damian has championed the startup and rollout of new retail/franchise channels and the development of existing franchise retail operations, selling and developing retail products and services whilst driving new revenue streams via an innovative approach to merchandising, sales and distribution. He has led and empowered talented sales and service teams to outpace competitors by delivering outstanding customer experiences. Damian is responsible for developing the Circle K franchise network through the development of new sites whilst supporting and maintaining the existing network. He is the front line contact for all new and existing franchisees.

Fergal Egan
Business Development Manager

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Fergal has over 21 years’ experience working in the oil industry. He has worked in a number of different areas including retail sales, commercial sales, project management and industry bodies. Fergal joined Circle K in early 2015 and has been responsible for the introduction of a number of projects for Circle K including the integration of the Esso Ireland business. As Business Development Manager, he has explored and introduced many opportunities that have generated additional revenue and footfall to the Circle K retail network and that are fully aligned with Couche-Tard’s business strategy and vision. For the past 18 months Fergal has been the Skyfall Project manager, coordinating the introduction of the Circle K brand into the Irish retail market, working closely with all functions across the Irish and European business units. Fergal holds a Diploma in Marketing Administration and a Degree in Marketing. Fergal’s previous experience includes working in a variety of retail sales roles, including working for Coca Cola & Heineken Ireland selling into independent retailers, multiples and off-trade businesses.