Paul Coulson

Chairman, Ardagh Group


Paul Coulson graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a business degree in 1973. He spent five years with Price Waterhouse in London and Dublin, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976. He then established his own accounting firm before setting up Yeoman International in 1980 and developing it into a significant leasing and structured finance business. In 1998 he became Chairman of Ardagh Group and initiated its transformation from a small, single plant operation into a leading global packaging company. Ardagh listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in March 2017. Ardagh is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for most of the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer brands. It operates 109 facilities in 22 countries, employing approximately 23,500 people and has global sales of approximately €7.7 billion.
Over the last 30 years he has been involved in the creation and development of a number of businesses apart from Yeoman and Ardagh. These include Fanad Fisheries, a leading Irish salmon farming company, and Sterile Technologies. Prior to its sale to Stericycle 2006, Sterile Technologies had been developed into the leading medical waste management company in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston College. He is married with three children and is based in London and New York.