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Grace O’Shaughnessy

Grace O’Shaughnessy

Managing Director, Java Republic

Every republic, at its core, is founded on freedom, respect and equality. At Java Republic from the first beans we ordered, we’ve worked hard to bring the benefits of our success to the people who grow our coffee beans. We also support the communities that enjoy our coffee here in Ireland. We are passionate about our environment and sustainability. We created the world’s first, purpose-built, carbon neutral Roastery – and we spend real money to buy carbon credits from developing countries.

Grace has been working with Java Republic since 2006. It wasn’t long after commencing her role that she began to establish herself as an integral part of the business. Hence, within a short space of time, she became Managing Director. Since then she has directed all aspects of the business and holds responsibility for driving the future direction of Java Republic within Ireland.

Ambitious and driven, Grace is always seeking out new ways to upskill and to gain knowledge that will add value to the business. In 2018 she completed an Executive MBA in DCU. She also works very closely with each and every department within the business. She has been instrumental in developing a great work ethic amongst Java Republic staff of being open and collaborative with each other. This helps to foster growth and learning for all employees, including herself.

Grace now manages a team of over 70 people, and has commenced a journey to position the entire business to deliver the plan for growth, building a culture of high performance, accountability and responsibility. She is passionately committed to driving and mentoring her team along the way.