Ger Ronayne
(L to r): Ger Ronayne, CEO, JJ Rhatigan & Co; and Padraic Rhatigan, Chairman, JJ Rhatigan & Co.

Following a period of substantial growth over the past five years in which JJ Rhatigan & Company has delivered in excess 3,500 private and social homes, 12,000 school places, nine third-level campus facilities, 2,000 student accommodation bedrooms, close to 1,300 hotel bedrooms, 16 healthcare facilities, and over 40,000 sq metres of office and commercial space, the building contractor is expanding its senior team to deliver on an ambitious pipeline of future projects.

Padraic Rhatigan will continue as group managing director and chairman and the other companies within the Rhatigan Group, while Ger Ronayne has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Padraic Rhatigan is the second-generation leader of JJ Rhatigan & Co. He has led the group into the development field in the 1990s. Under his leadership, it expanded into new sectors and geographical regions with offices throughout Ireland and in the UK. During this time, the business has grown significantly and now directly employs more than 420 people. The company also has many suppliers and subcontractors with which it works on an ongoing basis.

Ger Ronayne has worked with JJ Rhatigan & Co for 23 years, joining the company as a senior engineer in 1998. He has most recently served as chief operating officer. In this new role, Ronayne will continue to lead business areas for key clients and drive the formulation and development of strategy and organisational capability to ensure the ongoing success of the building contractor.

Vast construction experience

Speaking about the appointment of Ger Ronayne as CEO, Padraic Rhatigan said: “Ger’s vast construction delivery experience, his leadership qualities and innovative thinking, coupled with his practical approach and collaborative skills will guide JJ Rhatigan & Co in its next phase of development and success.”

Rhatigan legacy
Ger Ronayne noted: “There is a great sense of legacy within JJ Rhatigan & Co and a strong sense of pride that is shared right across our team. I am personally and professionally delighted to move into this pivotal role at such an important and transformative time for the overall construction industry.”

Rhatigan development plans

This appointment, together with other significant management progressions, will position the tier-1 main contractor to avail of large-scale opportunities over the next five years particularly, and also into the long-term future. With a new senior management structure now firmly in place, JJ Rhatigan & Co reaffirms its commitment to the collaborative delivery of quality projects across all sectors and an enhanced focus on reducing the environmental impact of both projects and business activities through the adoption of emerging technologies and continuous improvement.

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