Damien McLoughlin is Anthony C. Cunningham Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Ireland. He has previously served on the faculty of the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and the Indian School of Business. Since 2011 he has also been a faculty member on the Harvard Business School Agribusiness seminar, an annual programme attended by 200 CEO¿s and leaders from global food firms, that highlights the best growth opportunities and most pressing challenges facing the industry. In the 2014 programme he led case discussions on the innovation practices driving Diageo¿s strong growth in Africa and Tesco¿s Group Food initiative. In 2014 he will be a visiting professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Damien has published more than seventy papers and a book on strategy and marketing issues. He has also written more than twenty case studies, mainly relating to leadership and strategy issues in the food and agribusiness sector. His cases have covered Europe, North America, Latin America, China and South Asia as well as the major sectors of the food industry such as retailing, consumer foods, animal feed and ingredients, beef, swine, poultry and dairy production. He has also written case studies on the relationship between food and new technology and the interaction between the food industry and society.
In 2014 the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine appointed Damien to the board of Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the body responsible for innovation in the Irish fish industry. Damien is a regular speaker in Ireland and internationally. In 2014 he was a keynote speaker at the Alltech Symposium in the United States, an annual leadership event attended by over 2,500 international delegates. His presentation on ¿Cases of African Business Success¿ (http://www.alltech.com/symposium/agenda/africa) was rated highest by delegates to the event. In 2012 he spoke to 100 CXO executives at CBRE¿s EMEA symposium in London on the topic of ¿Business transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship¿. In 2011 he chaired two sessions of the Global Irish Forum dealing with the future of the food industry in Ireland that were attended by forty invited international leaders and the Irish Minister for Agriculture. He has been an integral part of the annual Bord Bia Pathways for Growth leadership event since its inception. As well as leading case study sessions at this event he has chaired panel discussions with CEO¿s of Irelands largest agribusiness organisations.
His work is highly regarded and has been recognised with a number of domestic and international awards and distinctions. A regular media commentator, he has contributed to a range of media outlets including Sky News, RTE Radio and Television, Today FM, Newstalk, The Financial Times, The Irish Times and The Sunday Times.
Damien holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Dublin City University, a Master of Business Studies degree from University College Dublin and PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University (UK).