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Founder & Group CEO
James is the Founder and CEO of Lifes2good, having set-up the company in 1997. Born in Galway, he attended St. Jarlaths College in Tuam and then attained a B. Comm in NUIG before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1986. James then moved to Brussels where he worked for Coopers & Lybrand (currently Pricewaterhouse Coopers) and spent five years working between Belgium and Luxembourg. He returned to Ireland in 1991 to join BMR-Slendertone where he built the brand, and then he sold out his participation in 1997 to start up Lifes2good. Under James leadership, Lifes2good has grown from a small distribution company to a global enterprise. He championed a marketing model comprising of direct sales to consumers through database and internet marketing in addition to selling into pharmacy chains and health stores. James made the company’s first acquisition in the UK in 2003. In 2007 he acquired the Viviscal brand when this business had a turnover of €700k. The company continued to grow with further expansion throughout Europe and the US. Lifes2good grew the business worldwide with offices in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Portugal. The Viviscal business grew to €50m in 2016 and in January 2017, Lifes2good successfully sold the Viviscal brand to the US Conglomerate Church & Dwight for €150m. James has attended the Leadership 4 Growth programme at Stanford University in California in 2011 sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and has followed Business Development programmes in the IMI. He was one of the finalists in the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year programme in 2013. James currently lives in Galway with his wife Maria and four children, and also enjoys participating in Triathlons, singing with the Galway Tenors, and supporting the local Rugby community.
Tom is currently a Director of Lifes2good having joined the company in 2007. Tom trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and over the course of his career has held various financial and advisory roles with companies such as Golden Vale plc, Bio-Medical Research Limited and Interbalco. Prior to joining Lifes2good he ran his own management consultancy business based in the Mid-West, aiming at providing management support services in areas of finance, strategic planning, information systems and commercial practice. He has also acted as a non-executive director on the Boards of a number of private companies, representing the interests of both state agencies and private investors. As well as being a qualified accountant Tom holds a Diploma in Business Strategy from the Irish Management Institute (1994) and completed the EI sponsored Strategic Leadership 4 Chief Financial Officers Programme in 2012.