Our Leadership Team

Our highly experienced leadership team across the group brings together knowledge and expertise from diverse sectors.

Leadership Team
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Patrick Crean
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Patrick is Paragon’s principal shareholder and Group CEO since 1998. He previously held the position of Group COO with Adare Group and held various positions with Clondalkin Group during the 1980's. Patrick is highly experienced in driving growth, with an emphasis on acquisitions and business transformation.

Sean Shine
Chief Operating Officer
Joined 2016
Sean previously spent 30 years working for Accenture, culminating in the position of Senior Managing Director. Sean is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), and member of Engineers Ireland (MIEI).

Laurent Salmon
Chief Financial Officer
Joined 2000
Laurent previously held the position of Financial Director at Quebecor Worldcolor in Europe; Duracell in France and Xerox Corporation in the US. Laurent trained with Deloitte and Touche and obtained a Masters in Finance from Paris IX Dauphine University.

John Rogers
Group VP Corporate Development
Joined 2014
John previously worked at Identiv, a NASDAQ-listed secure identification technology company. He has held CEO and CFO positions in automotive and technology sectors. John has a degree in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin an MBA from ESCP Paris and has completed Strategy and Leadership courses from IMD Lausanne.

Nelson Loane
Non-Executive Director
Joined 2016
Nelson has wide industrial experience, including a time as Chief Operating Officer of Clondalkin Plc. Nelson is also responsible for the creation and growth of the enormously successful public company Adare Plc where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Andrew Marks
Chief Information Officer
Joined 2018
Andrew brings over 20 years of technology leadership including 8 years as CIO for Tullow Oil plc and also as a Managing Director for Technology Strategy at Accenture. Andrew has an MSc in IT & Management from Sheffield Hallam University and degree in Geology from Oxford University.

Laurent Estival
VP Operations
Joined 2007
Previously Laurent held the position of Operations Director in JDSU Group. He held senior positions in the High tech sector including FAS and Valeo. Laurent obtained a Masters in Engineering and Masters in Purchasing from University Bordeaux.

Mike Gordon
CEO, PCC
Joined November 2019 (Previously President, Global Services, RR Donnelly)
Mike has held a number of executive positions at Exel Logistics, TNT, Cordant Group and most recently as President of Global Services at RR Donnelley. An Economics graduate from LSE, Mike also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Marketing and an MBA from Cranfield.

John Eager
CEO, PGS
Joined July 2018
John has worked throughout his career in the printing industry having previously worked with Adare Group and having led Snap Printing in Ireland through its recovery from the recession. Immediately prior to joining Paragon, John was an international consultant on strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. John is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of New Hampshire, USA.

Clem Garvey
CEO,  Paragon ID
Joined 2018
Clem qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and worked in corporate finance before pursuing his career in business-to-business services and IT, mainly in France. His previous roles include Chairman & CEO of the Ricoh Group in France and COO of the Neopost group.  

Steve Berney
Group Business Development
Joined 2014
Steve was previously head of Business Transformation at Canon Business Services (formerly Océ), he also held the position of Director of Marketing and Sales at CCS Management. Steve has a degree in History from Lancaster University.