Primark’s director of new markets and business development Breege O’Donoghue is to retire from the business after 37 years.
She will step down from her role on the executive board at the end of the financial year in September.
She will continue to represent the firm as an ambassador, including in her role as a pensions trustee.
O’Donoghue joined Primark in 1979 when it had just 24 stores and set up the human resources department before being appointed to the board in 1988. She has overseen Primark’s overseas expansion, including recent launches in the northeast of the US and Italy.
Today Primark, which is owned by Associated British Foods, has more than 300 stores in 11 countries and around 60,000 employees.
“Breege was part of the Primark board that led the transformation of the company into one of the fastest-growing and most successful retailers in Europe,” said Primark chief executive Paul Marchant.
“She developed and ran our human resources department as well as having many other operational responsibilities. I would personally like to thank Breege for her contribution which has without doubt helped significantly to make Primark the business that it is today.”