New and notable appointments at LGIM, emovis Ireland, Oaklee Housing and Three UK

Appointments, Business | Thu 21 May | Author – Business & Finance
Pictured: Brenda Sklar, Global Chief Operating Officer, LGIM

This week sees new appointments at LGIM, emovis Ireland, Oaklee Housing and Three UK


Brenda Sklar, Global Chief Operating Officer,
Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)

LGIM has appointed Brenda Sklar as Global Chief Operating Officer.

Sklar brings more than 20 years of asset management experience in senior operations roles including most recently Head of Global Client Services and Global COO of Business Operations at BlackRock. She will be based out of Chicago and will report directly to Michelle Scrimgeour, CEO.

In anticipation of joining LGIM, Brenda said: “I am excited to be joining LGIM at this critical point as we help our clients through these unprecedented times. This role gives me the opportunity to leverage my experience in driving transformation, improving the client experience, delivering operational excellence and shaping great teams.  LGIM is a firm I have long respected, with a strong reputation for putting clients first, as well as an inclusive and collegiate culture.  I am looking forward to working with Michelle and the leadership team to deliver the best of LGIM for our clients”.

Welcoming Brenda to LGIM, Michelle Scrimgeour, CEO, commented: “Brenda brings with her extensive experience in leading teams across diverse client and business functions. She has demonstrated an ability to lead infrastructure development and services at scale, across global markets.  Her proven track record in delivering operational excellence, combined with a strong strategic understanding of asset management will be invaluable to our business.”


Stephen McCarthy, CEO,
emovis Ireland

Pictured: Stephen McCarthy, CEO, emovis Ireland

emovis, a mobility solutions provider, has appointed Stephen McCarthy as its new Chief Executive Officer for Ireland. As part of his new role, he will oversee emovis’s Irish workforce of 180 employees, as they work to enable an easier and more seamless transport experience for Irish commuters. This includes running the Interoperability Management Services and also the M50 Western Ring-Road free-flow tolling system.

McCarthy will be responsible for overseeing emovis’s operations in Ireland as it provides innovative solutions in the area of transport and mobility to clients. Previously he was the Head of Transition Management in emovis, with responsibility for transitioning new mobility solutions to Ireland from the company’s international markets.

Prior to joining emovis, Stephen worked for Vodafone for 16 years, and held the positions of Head of Quality and Performance Improvement and Change and Transformation Programme Manager for the multinational company. Earlier in his career he was an IT Solutions Architect & Consultant for both Vertel and Astracon, and worked across their offices in Dublin, New Jersey and Chicago.

Stephen McCarthy, CEO of emovis Ireland said “It is a great honour to be appointed as CEO of emovis Ireland. Since joining the company, I have seen first-hand the great work being done by the Irish team in providing cutting-edge transport solutions, which help to make travelling more seamless for Irish commuters. I look forward to continuing to work with the emovis Ireland team to meet the opportunities and challenges which lie ahead of us. I would like to wish Francoise Riou, the outgoing CEO, the very best of luck with her new role with emovis in Paris.”

He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.


Kevin Alfred, Head of Development,
Oaklee Housing

Pictured: Kevin Alfred, Head of Development, Oaklee Housing

Oaklee Housing has appointmented Kevin Alfred as Head of Development. With over 30 years property experience across Ireland and the UK, Alfred joins the team from the National Asset Management Agency where he was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Property Advisor with responsibility for  a number of significant development land sales, joint venture and licence agreements as well high value shopping centre portfolio investment sales with a value in excess of €800m.

Alfred said of his new appointment: ‘I am delighted to be joining such a progressive organisation as Oaklee Housing. It’s innovative use of private finance and SPV structures has enabled it’s growth in recent years making it not only one of the key players but also one of the most attractive partners in Ireland’s social housing sector.’

‘My aim is to continue the great work of this ambitious team and to further accelerate our growth through our own construction projects and through close partnerships with developers on turnkey acquisitions and with investors on leasing opportunities. I look forward to working with our key sector stakeholders including Local Authorities, the Land Development Agency, the Department of Housing, as well as Oaklee’s Housing Alliance partners to deliver much-needed housing across the country.”

Commenting on the appointment, CEO of Oaklee Housing, Sharon Cosgrove said, “As a team, we look forward to working with Kevin who brings with him a wealth of experience that we are certain will be invaluable as we aim to deliver on the goals in the our soon-to-be published corporate strategy.”

Alfred is an RICS and SCSI Chartered Surveyor with Valuation and Planning & Development designations and is a Registered Valuer.

Oaklee Housing is an Approved Housing Body (AHB) established in 2000 to deliver high quality modern homes for older people, families, mature single people and people with complex needs.


Elaine Carey, Chief Commercial Officer,
Three UK

Three UK has appointed Elaine Carey as Chief Commercial Officer in addition to her role with Three Ireland.

Carey will lead the Customer and Marketing teams in the UK, driving closer collaboration between the two functions. For Three UK, Carey’s brief will be to drive growth by maximising the platform of the UK’s largest 5G spectrum portfolio and fully leveraging the £2bn investment in IT and network.

Carey brings more than 20 years of telecommunications experience to the role. At Three Ireland, Carey has driven the strategic commercial agenda over the last 13 years to build a financially sustainable business. She has spearheaded all of the business’ consumer commercial activities including devising and managing propositions & products portfolio, managing the retail footprint of 63 stores, overseeing ecommerce and all digital and brand activities along with the management of Three Ireland’s extensive sponsorship portfolio.

During her time as CCO for Three Ireland, the company’s market share has grown from 1% to 36%, they have established a national retail footprint and their brand scores have achieved record levels of 40 points. Carey was a key member of the team that completed the acquisition and successful integration of O2 in Ireland and has been the Executive Sponsor of Three Ireland’s digital transformation programme which will completely transform them into a digital first business.

Robert Finnegan, CEO, Three Ireland and Three UK said: “I am delighted that Elaine is taking on the role across both our UK and Irish businesses. Elaine’s commercial acumen and drive for results will ensure both organisations benefit from her leadership. Her depth of experience as well as her extensive sector knowledge will be invaluable as we take Three Ireland and Three UK forward.”

Elaine Carey, Chief Commercial Officer, Three Ireland and Three UK said: “The next few years represent a huge opportunity to grow our UK business, as well continuing the success of Three Ireland, so I am excited to be taking on this role. It’s more important than ever that we stay close to our customers and show the value of connectivity in our day to day lives. I’m looking forward to bringing Three UK’s customer and marketing teams closer together, using insight and intelligence to develop propositions that will really matter to our customers.”

Three UK launched 5G services in August 2019 with a home broadband product before rolling out its mobile service in February. Three’s investment in its network also includes massive enhancements to its 4G network through the deployment of new technology and additional spectrum.