The role has been created following a restructuring of the GPA’s management team and the merging of what were two separate roles – Head of Operations and Head of Finance.
As a player, Barr captained Antrim in the 1989 All-Ireland senior hurling final, their first appearance in the decider since 1943.
He was centre-forward on the All-Star hurling team of 1988 and also has county titles in both Antrim, with O’Donovan Rossa GAC, and Dublin, with St. Vincent’s, to his name.
He joins the GPA from Theramex, a generic pharmaceutical business, where he was the Chief Financial Officer and board member.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, financial services, telecommunications and travel industries and has held various roles in GE Capital, BT, TUI and Bank of Ireland.
Born in Belfast, Ciarán attended Queen’s University and graduated with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Applied Physics. He trained in Dublin as a Chartered Accountant with Gorman and Associates.
“I am delighted to welcome Ciarán on board,” said GPA CEO Paul Flynn.
“He has an outstanding track record professionally and will also be able to bring a player’s understanding and mindset to the role.”
“He joins the GPA at a very exciting time, and I look forward to working with him for the benefit of all members.”
” am delighted to join Paul and the team in the GPA,” added Barr.
“I hope that both my professional experience and my GAA background as a player and a coach will be an asset to the players.”
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