Mark Kenny has been appointed as client director for the retail banking division of tech services provider Expleo. He will help to drive retail banks’ digital agendas, leveraging technologies to enhance customer engagement, working with clients to identify their business objectives and priorities. He was previously a client partner at HCL Technologies, where he oversaw the introduction of a new cloud support service. He also spent 10 years at IBM, specialising in IT outsourcing for businesses. Mark holds a Business Strategy diploma from the London Business School, and a diploma in Management Studies from Dublin Business School.
Susan McGarry has been named as MD of Ecocem Ireland, which produces ground granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS), an eco byproduct from the steel industry that partially replaces traditional cement in concrete. A chartered engineer, she has worked for Ecocem for nine years in a variety of roles, most recently as European sustainablity manager. She brings skills across commercial, marketing, sustainability and technical competence. An advocate for Women in Engineering, she also delivers talks in schools, promoting careers in the sector. She has championed internship programmes across the group for the last five years. She also guest lectures in TCD and TU Dublin, and is a qualified LEED Green Associate.
Eddie Clarke has been appointed as CEO of wealth management firm Brewin Dolphin Ireland, supported by Daniel Macauley, deputy CEO. Both join the company’s Irish board. Current CEO, Matt Minch, is stepping down after 25 years with the company. Matt joined Tilman as a founding director in 1995. Eddie joined the firm in November 2019 from Investec, where he was head of its Irish wealth management business before its acquisition by Brewin Dolphin. He brings 25 years working in private client wealth and investment management, including roles with NCB Private Client Wealth Management. He holds a degree in business from TCD.
David Avery, head of commercial finance at AIB, has been named as chair of the Irish Asset and Invoice Finance Association, representative body for the invoice finance and asset-based lending sector. IAIFA’s members are AIB Commercial Finance, Bank of Ireland Commercial Finance; Bibby Financial Services; Capitalflow; Close Brothers Commercial Finance; Grenke Finance; and Ulster Bank Invoice Finance. Mark O’Rourke, MD of Bibby, has been appointed vice-chair. David has 25 years of invoice finance experience, most notably with Lloyds Commercial Finance and Bank of Scotland Cashflow Finance in the UK. He has been head of AIB Commercial Finance since 2017.
Sinead Byrne has been appointed as chief operations officer with property finance services provider Initiative Ireland. She joins from Citibank, where she was a director of risk analytics for Europe. She will lead implementation of new technology and services as the company prepares for entry into new European markets, including the UK. Initiative Ireland is headquartered at NovaUCD, the UCD centre for new ventures and entrepreneurs, and is supported by Enterprise Ireland as a high-potential start-up. Sinead brings 14 years of banking in Ireland, notably with Citibank, Ulster Bank, Danske Bank and EBS.
Paul Prior has been named as head of digital with Three Ireland, leading its digital-first strategy for future growth across key areas including 5G and IoT. He joins from FTI Consulting, where he was managing director for three years, notably working with client organisations in the US and EMEA to drive consumer growth and enhance margin through the adoption of digital techniques and technologies. He was also COO with VISION Consulting for two years, and a senior manager with Deloitte for five years. He holds an advanced diploma from Harvard, Executive MBA from TCD, and an Msc in Research and a Bsc in Commercial Computing from Dundalk IT.
Boardroom changes at ABP Food Group
Beef processor ABP Food Group has appointed John Moloney, Tom Kirwan, and Fergal O’Dwyer as new non-executive directors to its board.
The new appointees join Larry Goodman, executive chair, and Frank Stephenson, group CEO, on the board.
Mr Goodman said: “These new appointments will enhance board capacity and capability and will facilitate the ongoing development and strategic leadership of the business.”
Mr Goodman also acknowledged the service, direction, and leadership given by retiring board members Ron Bolger, Laurence P Goodman, John Jackson, and Philip Morgan.
Mr Moloney’s 33-year career in the food and agribusiness sector included being group MD of Glanbia, 2001-13, plus other senior roles with Glanbia and meat industry roles in the Department of Agriculture and Food.
Mr Moloney is currently a non-executive director of DCC, where he is chair, and of Smurfit Kappa Group.
He also served a seven-year term as a non-executive director of Greencore up to January of this year.
Mr Kirwan joins the board having stepped down as ABP UK managing director last October. He began his career at ABP Cahir, then moved to senior roles with ABP UK.
Chartered accountant Mr O’Dwyer, CFO of DCC, also joins the board.
He is stepping down from his executive role in July, a position he has held since 1994.
He has also worked with KPMG and PwC in audit and corporate finance.
ABP has also appointed Finbarr McDonnell and Mark Goodman, who are both executives in the group, to the board.
Mark Goodman, MD of ABP International, has been with ABP for 15 years, and has been instrumental in developing ABP’s Asian markets.