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Dr. John Teeling

John Teeling is the Founder and former Chairman of Cooley Distillery, the first Irish Whiskey distillery established in 100 years, sold in early 2012 to Jim Beam for $95m. He is currently Director of the Irish Whiskey Company which is developing the Great Northern Distillery in Dundalk, the former Harp Lager site. 

He has had a long career in Irish business. In the 70s/80s he restructured a number of failing companies. In the Natural Resources sector he founded twelve Stock Exchange listed companies. He currently chairs four, having sold three in the past two years. Teeling has diamond operations in Botswana and Cameroon (Botswana Diamonds), oil and gas in US, South America and Africa (Petrel Resources, Clontarf Energy). In Ireland his company is exploring a significant zinc discovery in Limerick (Connemara Mining). He has private interests in renewables and storage.

John, who lectured in Business Administration at University College Dublin for 20 years, holds degrees from UCD (B. Comm, M. Econ. Sc), Wharton Business School in Philadelphia (M.B.A.) and a doctorate from Harvard Business School.