New and notable appointments at CPA Ireland, Hume Brophy, Aramark International, Diaceutics, CPL Resources and Abtran

By Business & Finance
29 April 2021
Pictured: Áine Collins, President, CPA Ireland

This week sees new and notable appointments at CPA Ireland, Hume Brophy, Aramark International, Diaceutics, CPL Resources and Abtran

Áine Collins, President,
CPA Ireland

Áine Collins, CPA, has been appointed as the 49th President and the 5th female President of CPA Ireland, one of Ireland’s leading accountancy bodies that represents over 5,000 members and students.

Speaking at the AGM, Áine stated ‘Technology, sustainability and the world of work are all the major themes which the Council and executive team are taking account of in terms of service delivery and providing value for members in 2021 and beyond.

The accountancy profession is, in every respect, not going to do things differently but will do entirely different things. Already, technology is augmenting the role of the accountancy profession and sustainability, including environmental, social and governance issues, has moved to the top of the global agenda.

Turning to the world of work and taking account of the acceleration in remote working due to the pandemic, we now appreciate that remote working is here to stay. CPA Ireland will provide, and is already providing in many respects, the supports for members and students to thrive in the new world of work’.

Áine also stated that ‘recovery readiness will be informed by the insightful perspectives of CPAs who hold a unique position as advisers, to over 100,000 businesses across Ireland’.

Áine was elected to the Council of CPA Ireland in November 2016. She qualified as CPA in 1996 and is Director of  Blueprint Consultancy, providing Financial and Strategic Business Advise across several sectors with vast expertise and experience in the SME sector from start-ups to growing established businesses internationally, both organically and through mergers and acquisitions.

Áine has held a variety of roles prior to her election at CPA Ireland. She has a passion for and track record of supporting businesses to meet the challenges and opportunities in managing and developing new business as well as supporting business owners and management teams with financial effectiveness and strategic focus.

From 2011 to 2016 Áine, was a TD for the constituency of Cork North West and a Member of the Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Member of the Pubic Account Committee, and Chairperson on the SME group, contributing to the formation of government policy in these areas.

Robin Hamman, Group Director of Digital Strategy,
Hume Brophy

International communications consultancy Hume Brophy today announces the appointment of Robin Hamman as its Group Director of Digital Strategy, as a key component of its plans to put digital at the heart of the firm’s integrated offer.

Robin has been at the forefront of digital and social media for two decades, making his name at the BBC where he pioneered its online discussion forums. He subsequently held director-level roles at Edelman and Fleishman Hillard, spearheading the growth of digital at both agencies.

He has devised and implemented strategic digital communications programmes for governments, NGOs, and global brands as diverse as PwC, Shell, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the EPP Group of the EU Parliament. He also created social media moderation systems and processes for commercial clients including British Airways, Channel 4, Shell, the NHS and UKTV.

Hume Brophy CEO, Conall McDevitt, said: “We have for some time been integrating digital strategy into our public relations, government relations, public affairs and investor relations services, enabling our clients to cut-through in a challenging media climate. Robin’s appointment brings world class experience and expertise to our offer and will allow us to offer our clients best in class digital strategy and execution alongside our existing offer.”

Robin Hamman said: “Whilst many brands and organisations have invested heavily in digital and social media, surprisingly few have leveraged these channels to their full strategic potential. I delight in helping clients develop insights led solutions that address risks and drive measurable progress towards core business objectives, sometimes reshaping their business in the process.”

“The impact of a successful digital strategy is often felt far beyond the communications function – indeed, one of the keys to digital success is the close involvement of stakeholders from across the business in both planning and implementation.”

Chris Garside, Head of Sales and Business Development,
Aramark International

Chris Garside, Aramark International

Pictured: Chris Garside, Head of Sales and Business Development, Aramark International

Chris Garside, former CEO of Compass Group UK and Ireland, has been named Head of Sales and Business Development for Aramark International, starting May 17. He will be reporting to Carl Mittleman, COO of Aramark International, and will take on responsibility for leading growth in 18 countries around the world.

In this newly created role, Garside will lead the company’s growth agenda with a focus on driving new sales across its international portfolio, supporting strategic and major retention efforts, and developing and executing a global M&A framework.

“Chris will be an incredible addition the Aramark International team, bringing his passion for hospitality and a strong network of relationships, a proven track record, and years of industry experience,” said Mittleman. “As we focus on growth post-pandemic, there is no one better suited to help us open new doors and fortify the relationships we currently enjoy.”

Garside comes to Aramark following a successful career with Compass Group. As a member of the Executive Board of Compass and well-respected industry leader, Chris achieved sustainable year over year growth across Northern Europe through a balanced focus on innovation, strong net new results, and strategic acquisition. During his 11-year tenure with Compass, he held a variety of roles of progressive responsibility in the UK and Europe, leading businesses in Defense, Offshore, Government, and Education.

“Joining Aramark now creates exciting new opportunities for me in an industry I have known and loved for many years,” said Garside. “Carl and his senior team are dedicated to a hospitality mentality, and that passion for service is in my blood. I am eager to get started and add value to Aramark’s International team, as well as supporting the industry to recover and thrive post-pandemic.”

Before joining Compass, Garside held a variety of operational and leadership positions with Kingfisher PLC, a UK-based international home improvement retailer, and with Dixons Stores Group, one of the largest consumer electronics retailers in Europe.

Garside serves as Trustee of Hospitality Action, a London-based charity organisation dedicated to providing vital services and assistance to those who work or have worked in the hospitality industry and who have fallen on hard times.

Aramark International encompasses 18 countries of operation around the globe, including the Aramark operating businesses in Northern Europe (UK, Ireland, and the Global Offshore business in Denmark, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain); Continental Europe (Germany, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic); Asia (China, Korea, Japan); Latin America (Mexico, Chile, Argentina); and Canada.

Yvanka Gilliam, Vice President of Operations, Asia Pacific,

Yvanka Gilliam, Diaceutics VP of Operations, APAC

Pictured: Yvanka Gilliam, Diaceutics VP of Operations, APAC

Diaceutics has announced the appointment of Yvanka Gilliam as Vice President of Operations, Asia Pacific (APAC). In her new role, Yvanka will be responsible for managing business development and operations within the APAC region with a core focus on establishing key collaborations and strategic partnerships to drive growth and revenue. Her role will also include identifying innovative and creative services and solutions to help leverage the company’s platform, DXRX, and increase the offering.

Yvanka has a strong track record managing the delivery of real-world insights for evaluation by regulators, payers and clinicians. Prior to joining Diaceutics, Yvanka worked with Kantar Health as a Senior Client Partner, Real World Evidence, where she developed and implemented global business planning strategies and conducted high-quality research. In recent years, Yvanka has also worked with IQVIA Asia Pacific in the Real-World Insights Division and as a Senior Medical Science Liaison at AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Corporation.

Yvanka holds a doctorate degree in Pharmacy from The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in Ann Arbor, a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Grambling University in Louisiana and an MBA in International Business from Rutgers University Singapore. Yvanka’s work has been published in the Annals of Oncology and the Journal of Clinical Oncology – an American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Journal.

Peter Keeling, Chief Executive Officer of Diaceutics, said: “Yvanka’s appointment will strengthen Diaceutics’ credentials as the market leader in the development and commercialization of precision medicine diagnostics. As her 20-plus year career in pharma has been focused primarily on the Research and Development of innovative oncology compounds, Yvanka is firmly aligned with Diaceutics’ goal to bridge the gap between diagnostics and therapeutic decision-making in order to improve testing outcomes for patients and enable better access to the right drug at the right time.”

Yvanka Gilliam, Diaceutics VP of Operations, APAC, said: “I’m delighted to join Diaceutics, a company that I have long admired for their unwavering commitment to drive better testing and better treatment for patients. I look forward to broadening Diaceutics’ influence in the APAC region and working alongside a team of driven and talented individuals. I’m particularly excited to come on board as the company’s DXRX – The Diagnostic Network® platform continues to gain traction within the industry, as we help get every patient the treatment they deserve.”

Lorna Conn, Deputy CEO,
CPL Resources

Lorna Conn, Deputy CEO, CPL Resources

Pictured: Lorna Conn, Deputy CEO, CPL Resources

CPL Resources, the talent and workforce solutions group, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Outsourcing Inc., has announced that Group CFO, Lorna Conn, has been appointed as Deputy CEO. Ms Conn will retain the Group’s CFO responsibilities and will serve as Deputy CEO alongside CPL’s founder and CEO, Anne Heraty.

Anne Heraty has also been appointed to the global Board of Directors of Outsourcing Inc. following the completion of the acquisition of CPL in January 2021.

Lorna Conn was appointed as Group CFO in October 2017 and has played a significant role in the growth and performance of CPL’s Finance and IT functions since her appointment. Over the past 12 months, Lorna also played a key role in the successful acquisition of CPL by Outsourcing Inc.

As Deputy CEO, in addition to leading the Group’s Finance and IT functions, Lorna will also oversee CPL’s Recruitment, Talent Solutions and Managed Service divisions, working closely with the Managing Directors of those divisions to drive continued growth.

Anne Heraty, Group CEO, commented: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Lorna to the role of Deputy CEO. The acquisition of CPL by Outsourcing Inc. was an extremely important step in the continued growth and development of our business. We now have the opportunity to strengthen

our leadership position in the Irish market while at the same time leveraging the strengths of our new parent to enhance our international footprint. I am very excited about the future prospects for the business and pleased to have an individual of Lorna’s calibre to work along-side as we take the next step in the CPL journey.”

Lorna Conn, Deputy CEO, added: “I am delighted to be appointed Deputy CEO and excited about the prospects for CPL as part of Outsourcing Inc. CPL has a strong and dynamic leadership team, who are passionate about client delivery and focused on growing our business in an innovative and sustainable way. We have an established, leading position in Ireland which we continue to build, to provide talent and workforce solutions to our expanding international client-base.”


Aisling Deasy, Group CEO,

Aisling Deasy has been appointed Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Abtran, Ireland’s leading home-grown provider of Customer and Business Process Management (BPM) and Outsourcing (BPO) services, which employs 1,400 people in Cork and Sligo.

Michael Fitzgerald, Co-founder and Chairman of Abtran said, “It is excellent that our new Group CEO has been appointed from within our own organisation. Aisling brings immense expertise, insight and experience to this role and this will continue to be of great benefit to our clients, our business and all our people as we continue to grow and develop our business for the future.

Group Chief Executive, Aisling Deasy said, “We have a fantastic team of very dedicated and talented people, led by a highly focused senior management team.  We will continue to bring our proven solutions to public and private sector customers who trust us across multiple sectors, while also constantly innovating to drive our continuing and future competitiveness and growth.

“We will also continue to invest in the future of our business – in our people, technology and facilities – as we target new growth and development opportunities in the years ahead.”

In a distinguished career of over 20 years to date, and having joined Abtran in 2013, Ms. Deasy has most recently contributed to Abtran’s success as Chief Performance Officer.  She has provided standout leadership and direction for Abtran’s strategic programme delivery, the evolution of new technology platforms and the transformation of the company’s digital services capability, where she also previously served as Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Abtran, she worked for a number of leading international consulting companies.

Abtran – established in 1997 – is Ireland’s leading home-grown provider of Customer and Business Process Management (BPM) and Outsourcing (BPO) services with unrivalled experience in delivering excellence in customer service across the public and private sectors in Ireland.  With operations in Cork and Sligo, the company is focused on digitally engaged services that create better outcomes and customer satisfaction for clients and customers. Abtran won the Outsource Partnership of the Year award at the CCMA Irish Customer Contact & Shared Services Awards 2020.