Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Chief Executive
Corporate Head Office
A Chartered Accountant, Michael has worked in a number of different industries including distribution and manufacturing. He led a management buy-out in Athlone Extrusions in 1991 and prior to joining Ryanair he was the Finance Director of the Gowan Group, one of Ireland’s largest private companies.
Since joining Ryanair in February of 1997 he was centrally involved in the IPO of the company in May of that year, assumed the additional responsibilities as Commercial Director in September 1997 and has also seen the company secure a listing on the London Stock Exchange in June of 1998. In February 2003 Michael was appointed Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Chief Executive. Since 1997 Ryanair’s route network has increased from 12 routes to over 1,600 and its passenger numbers from 3 million to an expected 81.5 million in the current fiscal year.
In July 2013 Michael announced he will step down from his full-time Executive role at the end of March 2014 and will join the Board of Ryanair Plc in a Non Executive capacity on 1st May 2014. He was appointed as a Non Executive Director of Paddy Power Plc in July 2013.
A native of Cork he is married with four children.