JJ Rhatigan & Company (JJR), one of Ireland’s leading construction companies, has announced the appointment of Deirdre Bennett as its first-ever Chief People Officer (CPO).
In this newly created role, Deirdre will be responsible for providing strategic and operational HR support to the business, as well as overseeing all aspects of employee engagement and development as the company – and indeed the industry – continues to evolve and transform.
“We are delighted to welcome Deirdre to our team as our CPO,” said Ger Ronayne, JJR CEO. “The construction industry globally is undergoing a huge transformation right now and JJ Rhatigan is committed to leading this talent and technological change in Ireland and the UK. As we continue to grow and evolve as a company, it is crucial that we have a dedicated leader in place to ensure that our employees are engaged, supported and empowered to succeed. Deirdre’s extensive experience in human resources and leadership makes her the ideal candidate for this role.”
With over two decades of experience, Deirdre is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management and is certified in Strategic Workforce Planning. Her proven track record of success in creating a positive and inclusive culture, and in driving employee engagement and retention spans the financial services, pharmaceutical and aviation industries.
“I am honoured to be joining such a respected company and excited to take on this new role at such a critical time for the construction industry,” said Deirdre. “I am looking forward to working with the team at JJ Rhatigan & Company to build a culture that values and supports our employees, helps them achieve their full potential and develops their careers within the company. The key focus areas of my team will be to implement within our 3 pillars of HR, L&D (Learning & Development) and Talent.”
JJ Rhatigan & Company is committed to creating a positive and inclusive work environment for all of its employees, and the appointment of a CPO is a key step in achieving this goal.
Ger’s call to the industry is clear: “Join JJ Rhatigan, where you will be part of a growing and dynamic team. With a focus on developing and integrating new and experienced staff, we offer a culture that enables individuals to reach their potential. This company culture is centred on creating an environment for success, with support and training to help you succeed. Be a part of our journey to become the employer of choice, where opportunities, support, success, and culture are at the forefront of what we offer.”