Paul Coulson graduated from Trinity with a business degree in 1973. He spent five years with Price Waterhouse in Dublin and London qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1978. In 1980, he established his own accounting firm before setting up Yeoman International and developing it into a significant leasing and structured finance business.
In 1998, he became Chairman of Ardagh and initiated the transformation of Ardagh into a leading global packaging company. Over the past 30 years he has been involved in the creation and development of a number of businesses including Fanad Fisheries, a leading Irish salmon farming company, and Sterile Technologies.