Barry Whelan

Our founder stumbled into Recruitment. Barry went for a job through a recruitment company and was offered a job by the recruitment company. He decided to take this job for one reason. Barry was a retailer and he believed, it takes one to know one.

Barry began his Retail Career with Associated British Foods, the parent company of Penneys/Primark, in their Quinnsworth Supermarket brand. He moved on to Dunnes Stores where worked his way up the ranks, eventually managing a number of Stores across Ireland. Barry ended his retail career in Fashion and Homeware Retailing with Brown Thomas before entering the world of recruitment.

As an expert retailer, he would be able to identify great talent for other retailers and crucially, understand the companies he was selling and the candidates he was selling too. Excel Recruitment was founded to become ‘The Retail recruitment Company’ and keeping it simple, Barry had one short mission in mind, ‘Place Great People with Great companies’.