Pictured: (L-R) Gary O’Sullivan, Managing Partner of the UK and Ireland, Sia Partners, & Nial Cunneen, Associate Partner for Growth and Innovation in UK & Ireland, SIA Partners
There were new and notable appointments this week at Sia Partners, Accenture, RDJ LLP and Esri Ireland.
Gary O’Sullivan, Managing Partner, Nial Cunneen, Associate Partner, Growth & Innovation,
Sia Partners UK & Ireland has announced the appointment of Gary O’Sullivan as Managing Partner for UK & Ireland and Niall Cunneen as Associate Partner responsible for Growth and Innovation Services in the UK & Ireland.
As Managing Partner of the UK and Ireland, Gary O’Sullivan will lead the firm’s growth plan. Gary co-founded Pathfinder Consulting in 2007 which grew steadily to over 50 consultants by 2020 when it was acquired by Sia Partners Global Management Consultants. With over 25 years of experience Gary will continue to create strategies with client teams and mobilize the change required to develop and win market share in line with Sia Partners’ ambition to become a market leading consultancy firm. Gary will focus on supporting key clients in the UK and Ireland across all of Sia’s Business units including: Business Transformation, Financial Services advisory, Growth and innovation, Data Science and our Energy & Utilities teams while also improving service delivery and performance for both markets.
Niall Cunneen has over 15 years of experience in strategy consulting and a track record of delivery in growth, operational improvement, and business transformation. Niall’s expertise in strategy, both corporate and functional, has a strong emphasis on business model transformation. He is experienced in business optimisation and establishing client-side business cases for significant transformations. Niall has also worked across a range of industries including telecoms, retail, infrastructure, logistics, energy, financial services, life sciences, and support services, both in the UK and across Europe.
Hilary O’Meara, Country Managing Director Ireland,
Accenture has named Hilary O’Meara Country Managing Director for Ireland as she succeeds Alastair Blair who is set to retire from Accenture in early 2023. Hilary will step into the role on January 23rd, 2023.
As Country Managing Director, Hilary assume responsibility for the growth and success of Accenturein Ireland. Accenture has been operating in Ireland for over 50 years and has over 5,500 employees serving clients across multiple industries. Ireland is also home to The Dock, Accenture’s R&D and Global Innovation Centre, as well as Accenture’s Corporate Services Hub which services the firm’s internal operations globally.
Hilary has been with Accenture for almost 30 years during which time she has led Accenture’s Strategy & Consulting, Resources and Technology practices. In August 2021 she was appointed as Director of Operations for Accenture UK and Ireland. She will continue to serve on the UK & Ireland Executive Team in her new role as Country Managing Director.
Simon Eaves, Market Unit lead for Accenture UK & Ireland, commented on the appointment saying:
“We are delighted to name Hilary as the new Country Managing Director for Ireland. Hilary brings an extraordinary breadth of skills from across our business with extensive leadership experience. She also has a deep passion for inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Hilary’s unwavering commitment to our clients, people and communities, makes her the right choice to continue driving momentum and growth for our clients and Accenture.”
Eaves added: “I would also like to thank Alastair for all he has done for our business in the UK and Ireland over his career. It is thanks to his exceptional leadership and commitment to our business, that we have grown as a business in Ireland and supported our clients through some very challenging times. I wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Hilary holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from University College Dublin and is a member of the advisory board at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. and was previously a board member of Fast Track to IT.
Jamie Olden, Managing Partner,
Jamie Olden has been appointed the next Managing Partner of RDJ LLP. He will succeed Richard Martin who is set to step down from the position on September 30th after 10 years in the role.
Jamie Olden, who currently serves as commercial Litigator, joined the firm in 2007. In 2013, he was appointed partner in charge of the firm’s new Dublin office. He spent 6 years in the role and oversaw the growth of the company’s Dublin base.
Commenting on his appointment, Jamie Olden said:
“I am delighted to have been appointed Managing Partner. RDJ has a talented team of practitioners and business professionals dedicated to delivering long-lasting business impact for our colleagues and clients. I look forward to leading the continued investment in our people and new technologies to deliver better ways of getting results for our clients. He added, “I want to thank our outgoing Managing Partner Richard Martin and wish him well in the next phase of his career. He has made an enormous contribution to RDJ and its continued success.”
Over the past 10 years, RDJ has expanded into new practice areas and positioned itself as one of Ireland’s leading corporate law firms. An expansion from its original roots in Cork to three national offices and an additional London office has resulted in the doubling of RDJ’s team to more than 280 employees . The firm hold a membership of TerraLex, the international network of lawyers. This provides RDJ clients with operations outside Ireland global access to legal services.
Richard Martin, commenting on Jamie’s appointment, said in a statement:
“We are delighted to have someone of Jamie’s calibre leading our firm into its next phase of growth and development. Jamie drove the hugely successful opening and development of our Dublin office before returning to Cork in 2019. He has the full support of the whole partnership and we all wish him every success and happiness in the role. For me, I am looking forward to returning to full time legal practice at RDJ LLP.”
Gareth McBride, Customer Success Manager,
Esri Ireland, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) company, has announced the appointment of Gareth McBride as Customer Success Manager.
In this role, Gareth will provide leadership and technical guidance at all stages of project delivery and will lead project teams in providing solutions to customers. He will work alongside a team of Solution Architects to solve customers’ business problems with the best practice deployment of Esri Ireland’s digital mapping technology. Gareth will also play a role in Esri Ireland’s coaching culture, training and mentoring other members of the Professional Services team to ensure continued personal and professional development, along with subject matter expertise.
Esri Ireland was recently named in second place on the Best Small Workplaces in Ireland list for 2022 and also featured on the Best Workplaces in Tech List. Gareth holds a role on the Great Place to Work Team, focusing on the area of employee health and wellbeing.
Gareth joined Esri Ireland in Holywood, Co. Down, in 2017 as a GIS Consultant. Before this, he worked as a Pre Sales Engineer with GIS and web mapping software company Cadcorp in England, where he travelled across the UK demonstrating solutions to their customer base. Since joining Esri Ireland, Gareth has worked with many key customers in various roles bringing his skills and expertise to data analysis and the application of GIS technology across various industry sectors.
Gareth holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Ulster.
Speaking on his appointment, Gareth said:
“I am delighted to have been appointed Customer Success Manager at Esri Ireland. I was first made familiar with the Esri platform in university, so it has always been a company whose innovative technology I have admired. I have been given the opportunity across my time with Esri Ireland to learn, develop and take on more and more responsibility within the company. I enjoy collaborating with our customers and enabling them to find solutions to real world problems using our technology.
“It has been a privilege to be involved in the growth of the company and play a part in the roll out of our technology across the island of Ireland. I look forward to this new role working with our customers to help them transform their day-to-day experiences with the power of GIS.”