Tattersalls Ireland announced that Roger Casey, who has served as the auction company’s finance director since 2008, will become general manager, effective immediately.
Casey succeeds George Mernagh, who died July 22.
Casey will take overall responsibility of the bloodstock sales team, the running of the site at Fairyhouse, corporate and equestrian events including the International Horse Trials as well as continuing to head up the finance team, according to a Tattersalls release.
“Whilst George Mernagh is an exceedingly hard man to succeed, I am confident that Roger will move the company forward as it emerges from the recent difficult trading conditions experienced in the bloodstock sales industry, and will continue to ensure that Tattersalls Ireland remains a leader in the bloodstock and equestrian world,” said Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony.
Tattersalls Ireland also announced Michael Hillman and Martin Mitchell, who were both scheduled to retire as directors at the end of 2011, have agreed to remain for an additional year. The company also said Harry Fowler, who has worked for 13 years at Tattersalls in Newmarket, England, will return to the Ireland operation at the beginning of 2012.
“It has been a difficult 18 months both personally and professionally for everyone here and I would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge the support and efforts of all the team at Tattersalls during that period,” Casey said. “The most enduring memorial that we can give George is to continue to operate and manage Tattersalls Ireland in the manner in which he did and that is certainly what I will be trying to achieve in my new role.”