‘Encouraging people to question things ensures we look at all options’

‘Encouraging people to question things ensures we look at all options’
Ciaran O’Neill, managing director of Maxi Zoo Ireland Picture: Bryan Meade

Each week, we profile one of Ireland’s corporate leaders, tracing their career to date and exploring the lessons they have learned along the way. This week, we meet Ciaran O’Neill of Maxi  Zoo Ireland

Ciaran O’Neill is managing director at Maxi Zoo Ireland, a position he has held since November 2017. The pet retailer opened its first outlet in Ballincollig in Co Cork, in 2006 and now employs 175 people at 20 stores around the country.

Maxi Zoo Ireland is part of the Fressnapf Group, Europe’s largest pet retailer with more than 1,000 stores in Germany and 150 in Italy. Maxi Zoo plans to open ten new stores over the next three years.


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