Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly has been the Chief Executive of Fáilte Ireland since 2017. Paul led Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, through the deepest crisis ever for our country’s tourism industry and our largest source of employment. His work now is to ensure the sector can rebuild stronger than before and reimagine a different future post-Covid. Paul’s leadership has led Fáilte Ireland to be listed in the top 20 best large organizations to work in and is the only public sector body on this list.  In 2020 Paul was named Ireland’s Most Trusted Leader by Great Places to Work. He has led Fáilte Ireland to now rank among the top 5 most reputable organizations in Ireland. Before his appointment as CEO of Fáilte Ireland, Paul held several management and marketing leadership roles. Raised in a small retail family business, he began his career with Procter & Gamble UK. He then went on to senior executive positions with Diageo Ireland, Aviva, and the UCD Smurfit Business School. He is a native of Co. Wexford and a first-class honors Commerce graduate from University College Dublin where he was a Deans List Scholar. Paul is married and has four children. He has significant visual impairment as a result of ocular albinism.