Matt Mitchell has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Tattersalls Ireland. Mitchell has been a non - executive Director of the Fairyhouse based sales company since the purchase of the Cheltenham and Ascot Sales from Brightwells in October 2015. He will take up his new role on Tuesday 10th July and will also be joining the Tattersalls Board in Newmarket. Neil Walsh, currently Director of Bloodstock Sales at Tattersalls Ireland, will become a non - executive Director as he takes on the management of his family farm in Co Kilkenny, while Roger Casey, who since the death of George Mernagh, has played a pivotal role as Managing Director in overseeing the expansion of Tattersalls Ireland from eight Irish based sales in 2011 to twenty three sales across three venues in 2018, will continue in his original role of Finance Director and Company Secretary.
Mitchell, a native of Newport, County Tipperary, joined Irish Thoroughbred Marketing as General Manager in 1992, establishing it as a world leader before becoming Managing Director of Goffs Bloodstock Sales in 2000. Having presided over a period of consistent growth at the Kill based auctioneers, Mitchell then joined the thoroughbred division of Brightwells as Head of Bloodstock, establishing sales at Cheltenham as the premier niche thoroughbred sales in Europe, while also developing existing and new sales at Ascot. When Tattersalls acquired Cheltenham and Ascot Sales in 2015 Mitchell joined the Board of Tattersalls Ireland.
Commenting on the appointment of Matt Mitchell, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said;
"Matt Mitchell is already a key member of the Tattersalls Ireland management team and is a hugely respected figure throughout the thoroughbred industry. His appointment comes at a time of sustained expansion for Tattersalls Ireland overseen by our Finance Director Roger Casey, and with an important Tattersalls Ireland Board member going part-time to manage family business interests Matt's appointment will bring the continuity and stability that is so important as Tattersalls Ireland continues to go from strength to strength."
Looking ahead to taking on the new role of Tattersalls Ireland CEO, Matt Mitchell added;
"The Tattersalls Group sets the standard for bloodstock auctioneers throughout the world and it is an enormous privilege to be taking on the role of Tattersalls Ireland CEO and to be joining the Tattersalls Board. The success and growth at Tattersalls Ireland in recent years is a tribute to the whole team. It has been a pleasure to have been a part of this dedicated team for the past 3 years and I look forward with optimism to working with them all in my new position."