Joe Lynch is a forty-year veteran of the Irish Spirits Industry and is currently Managing Partner of an alcohol beverage consulting practice that specializes in regulatory affairs, product innovation, and business development in the Irish Cream and specialty alcohol beverage sectors.
A food and dairy scientist, Joe commenced his career at R & J Emmet & Co Ltd in 1981 working in production, product development, and sales and marketing before becoming Managing Director in 1986. He led the company through expansion by acquisitions, as well as floating the company on the Dublin stock exchange in 1987. In 1991, he negotiated the sale of the business to R & A Bailey, a division of Grand Met (now Diageo), before co-founding First Ireland Spirits Co., Ltd. in 1994, where he served as Managing Director until 2009 and as Senior Director and consultant to the business until 2012.
Mr. Lynch has held senior leadership positions with numerous trade associations and advisory bodies, serving as President of the Irish Exporters Association, Chairman of the Irish Spirits Association, and a founding member of the Irish Food Board’s Brand Forum Steering Committee. He is a former Vice-President of FIVS (The International Federation of Wines & Spirits) and served as Co-Chairman of the federation’s World Customs Organisation Committee. Mr. Lynch is currently a Member Emeritus of its Presidential Council and Chair of the Finance Committee. He is a former member of the EFWSID (European Wine & Spirits Importers and Distributors Organisation) and was honoured as a wine expert by the Gilde St Vincent des Marchands de VIN (Guild of Wine Merchants of Belgium) in 2010.