IVAN Ryan is the new top man at Northern Ireland's fastest-growing supermarket Lidl.
He has taken over as regional managing director from Conor Boyle, who has taken on a new position as chief executive of Lidl Finland.
Ivan joined Lidl in 2007 and has worked across many areas of the business both locally and internationally.
Prior to his appointment on August 1, he was senior director of IT and chief information officer at Lidl Ireland.
He has also held senior positions in HR, operations and finance in the business, which prepares to mark 25 years of growth and success in Northern Ireland.
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Lidl contributes around £180 million a year to the north's economy and sustains around 3,500 jobs.
Last year, a new impact report found that Lidl Northern Ireland ploughed a record £347 million into the agri-food industry supported more tan 60 local producers to success.
Almost £300m worth of goods procured locally were exported globally through Lidl’s expansive store network, reaching new customer bases across Europe from Britain and Ireland as far as Romania, Greece, Cyprus and even to the USA.
The company employs more than 1,500 staff across its 41-strong store network and regional distribution centre in Nutts Corner.