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Bobby Kerr Successfully Exits Insomnia Coffee Company


Bobby Kerr will leave the business he led for many years in the coming weeks and has agreed the sale of his shares to the other shareholders in the business. Bobby is not retiring however and will now focus on his broadcasting career and his continued weekend anchor role on Newstalk 106-108FM where he presents two shows. In the New Year he will begin filming the second series of his popular maritime documentary “Along Home Shores”. He is also going to step up his activity in angel Investments and non-executive board participation which will allow Bobby to fulfil his passion to help small businesses.

Insomnia is Ireland’s leading coffee chain and the 15th largest in Europe. Insomnia has enjoyed robust growth in recent years with a portfolio of 150 stores across Ireland and the UK. Insomnia celebrates its 20th Birthday this year having started in a Galway bookshop in 1997. Bobby spent many of those 20 years as CEO of a rapidly growing business before changing his role to Chairman in 2010.

Wishing the team continued success with O’Kelly at the helm, Bobby said “Over the many years working together, Harry and I have formed a trusted partnership and Harry’s collaborative leadership style has won the loyalty and respect of our people while driving the team to deliver record results. It is fantastic to see Insomnia move forward with such strength, and to now have a strong presence in the UK market, and plans to open in further territories progressing. I will watch its continued growth with interest!”.

“On announcing his departure Kerr said “This is a very bittersweet day for me, Insomnia has been such a big part of my life for nearly two decades and I am very proud of what I achieved here. I will miss the work and the people many of whom I have formed lifelong friendships with. However, I look forward to the next chapter for me and my family”

Insomnia has undergone an incredible transformation since 1997 and Bobby has been instrumental to that success. I feel lucky to have worked with someone who has great passion for customer focused innovation and the coffee industry” CEO Harry O’Kelly “The legacy that Bobby leaves and the exceptional leadership team whom have a breadth of global management experience, gives me enormous confidence as we navigate this new period of growth and innovation.”

The news will see some changes in the senior management team at Insomnia where John Clohisey will become Chairman and the current CFO Barry Kehoe has joined the Board of Directors. Dara O’Flynn has also joined as COO in December.

“We wish Bobby every success with his future endeavours and thank him for his service and hard work in growing the Insomnia brand” CEO Harry O’ Kelly.

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