With over four decades of dedicated service in the global ports and terminals, Pat O'Leary's journey through the industry has been exceptional.  We take a look at his career at Liebherr and beyond, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kerry Business Leaders Awards 2022.

A Lifelong Commitment to Port Equipment Innovation

Pat O'Leary's career began in 1978 when he joined Liebherr Container Cranes, and he quickly rose through the ranks. For over 20 years, he served as the Chief Electrical Engineer, overseeing the development of various types of cranes, including Ship-to-Shore (STS), Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG), and Rubber-Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes. His technical expertise and leadership played a pivotal role in shaping the success of Liebherr Container Cranes during this period.

Steering the Ship: Becoming Technical Director

In 2001, Pat was appointed to the management board of Liebherr Container Cranes as the Technical Director. This appointment highlighted his strategic vision and ability to steer the company towards continued innovation and growth.

Leading the Way: Managing Director of Liebherr Maritime Cranes

In 2006, Pat O'Leary took on the role of Managing Director of Liebherr Maritime Cranes, a testament to his leadership skills and his invaluable contributions to the Liebherr Group. His tenure in this position saw Liebherr Maritime Cranes further cement its reputation as a leading player in the maritime industry.

A Legacy of Knowledge Sharing

While his career at Liebherr has been remarkable, Pat O'Leary's contributions to the industry extend far beyond the company's walls. Since his retirement at the end of 2019, he has taken on the role of Head of Technology at the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA). This continued involvement allows him to share his extensive knowledge and expertise with the wider port equipment community, ensuring that the industry remains at the forefront of technological advancements.

Recognition at the Kerry Business Leaders Awards 2022

In 2022, Pat received a well-deserved honor at the Kerry Business Leaders Awards, where he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The event, which celebrated the entrepreneurial spirit and achievements of Kerry-based business leaders, recognised Pat's outstanding contributions to the industry and his role in creating meaningful employment and opportunities in County Kerry.

A Shining Example in County Kerry

As Pat O'Leary's career continues to shape the future of the ports and terminals sector, his legacy remains a testament to the power of dedication, expertise, and innovation. In addition to his career in the ports and terminals sector, Pat is also playing a pivotal role in the tourism industry of Kerry. He is the Chairperson of the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation, where his leadership and dedication have contributed to the growth and promotion of Kerry as a vibrant tourist destination. Pat's commitment to both the enterprise and tourism sectors exemplifies his leadership,  expertise and his unwavering commitment to the development and prosperity of County Kerry.