New Appointments: Pinsent Masons, The Society of Actuaries in Ireland, Kantar Media

Appointments | Thu 20 Sep | Author – Business & Finance
Gayle Bowen, Pinsent Masons

Business & Finance highlights notable new appointments at Pinsent Masons, The Society of Actuaries in Ireland and Kantar Media.

Gayle Bowen, Head of Dublin Office

Pinsent Masons

International law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed Gayle Bowen as head of its Dublin office.
Gayle will lead the Dublin team which is initially focused on advising clients operating in the Technology and Financial Services sectors. The expanding team continues to offer local, national and international clients the deep sectoral expertise and collaborative culture that is inherent across the firm.
Educated at Oxford University and University College Dublin, Gayle is a prominent figure in the investment funds industry in which she specialises. She is the outgoing Chair of the Irish Funds Legal & Regulatory Committee and currently sits on the Irish Funds Brexit Steering Group. Her clients include prominent domestic and international asset managers and she has advised on a number of landmark transactions in the investment funds space.
John Cleland, Managing Partner at Pinsent Masons said:
Gayle joined our business with an outstanding reputation and I am delighted to announce her appointment. We have an excellent team of Partners and lawyers in Dublin and in just over a year since entering the market they have already made a considerable impact. Our determination to bring a different approach into Irish legal services is being realised, with clients already seeing the benefits of our focus on innovation. I know she will be an e
xcellent leader for our Dublin team.
Gayle Bowen added:
I am proud to be the first Head of Office for Pinsent Masons in Dublin and excited to lead the team in delivering market-leading legal services. Our specialist sector expertise coupled with our global reach across 24 international offices, gives us tremendous strength to support the ambitions of our clients wherever they operate.
“As well as innovative servicing, we are bringing something new to the market for legal professionals. For example, as one of the first law firms in Dublin to operate on an agile basis, we are focused on a new way of working. This means we can attract the best talent with a responsible approach to diversity, firm culture and work-life balance.”

Yvonne Lynch, Chief Executive Officer 

Yvonne Lynch

The Society of Actuaries in Ireland  

The Society of Actuaries in Ireland has appointed Yvonne Lynch as Chief Executive Officer.  She now assumes the responsibilities of CEO in addition to her existing responsibilities as Director of Professional Affairs.

Yvonne is an actuary and holds a masters degree in management science from Trinity College Dublin.  Prior to joining the Society, she held a number of senior management roles within the life assurance industry in Ireland.

Yvonne said, “I am delighted to have been appointed as CEO.  We are a growing profession – we now have nearly 1,900 members, compared to 900 when I joined in 2007 – and our members are very engaged in achieving the Society’s strategic objectives.  I look forward to working with our Council and members to further build the profession’s role and reputation and expand actuaries’ skillsets and fields of practice.”

The President of the Society, Maurice Whyms, said, “Using their expertise in financial modelling and risk management, actuaries act as advisers and business leaders across the financial services sector and perform roles reserved to actuaries and supervised by the Central Bank and Pensions Authority.  Increasingly, actuar

ies are applying their skills not just in the traditional areas of insurance and pensions but also in banking, aviation finance and wider fields.  Yvonne has led the development of the Society’s professional regulation framework, which underpins the cultivation of professionalism and excellence in all areas of actuarial practice.  We are confident that the Society will continue to grow and develop under her leadership.”

Grainne Mackey

Grainne Mackey, Client Director 

Kantar Media

Kantar Media, the global media intelligence leader, has appointed Grainne Mackey as a Client Director.

As part of her new role, Grainne will lead the client service team, with particular responsibility for clients of Kantar Media’s TGI consumer studies of consumer behaviour. The management and delivery of the TGI consumer studies is key for the company as it is used as a planning currency between the buy and sell side in the Irish media marketplace.

Grainne brings over 14 years’ media industry experience to this new role. Prior to this, Grainne worked with one of Ireland’s most prominent media companies, Communicorp One. She worked most recently as an Account Director, managing and maintaining client relationships with the GroupM agencies.

Eimear Faughnan, Managing Director, Kantar Media, Ireland said: “I am delighted to welcome to our team someone of the calibre of Grainne, who brings with her not only an excellent understanding of both the buy and sell side of the media industry, but also familiarity with the key industry media measures.”

“It is of huge practical benefit to our clients to have someone who has spent years working on the client side across the paid, owned and earned media mix now working for them within a business with expertise in measuring and optimising the effectiveness of each of these media. Grainne’s appointment is indicative of our strategy of investing in the best talent in the industry to reinforce our position as the leaders in media measurement, monitoring and selection in the Irish media marketplace”.

Grainne holds a degree in Communications Studies from Dublin City University (DCU).