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HRI announce new appointments to ITM

JOE Osborne, who recently became chairman of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association, has been appointed to the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) Advisory Committee alongside Punchestown racecourse manager Dick O'Sullivan.

The new appointments were announced by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) on Friday, days after Michael O'Hagan resigned from his roles as CEO of ITM and Director of Communications and International Affairs at HRI to pursue 'private business interests'.

Both Osborne and O'Sullivan have served ITM in the past; Osborne as a previous long serving committee member and O'Sullivan as chairman and general manager.

HRI also announced that Elaine Hatton, a senior marketing executive with Glanbia, will join ITM as general manager on July 23 while Liam Glynn, a graduate of Equine Business Studies in NUI Maynooth, has joined as a marketing assistant.

Sean Clancy has been appointed as American agent for ITM to complement an international roster of agents that includes Mark O'Hanlon (Italy, Russia, South Africa and Singapore) and Jennifer Zhou, who looks after the Chinese market. ITM will also shortly appoint a British-based agent.

The existing ITM team, comprising Caroline Kennedy, Daithi Harvey, Rolline Kavanagh and Noeleen Solan, continues to be fully active, with particular focus on the autumn sales season.

Brian Kavanagh, CEO of HRI, said: "It's business as usual at ITM and these appointments will help strengthen what is already a strong team.

"ITM remains very active in all overseas markets and this week welcomed Wei Chuanzhong, Vice Minister from the Chinese Inspection and Quarantine Service (ASQIQ), and a delegation of officials from the Ministry for Agriculture of the Chinese Republic to a function hosted by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD.

"This coincided with the signing today of a protocol between the Irish and Chinese Governments which will facilitate the direct movement of bloodstock from Ireland to the Chinese Republic."




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