New and notable appointments at A&L Goodbody LLP, Bord na Móna, Repak Ltd, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, and Neuromod Devices Ltd

By Business & Finance
28 October 2021

Pictured: Eugene Moore, Naomh McGrann, Angela Keely, Tax Manager, Tax Technician, respectively, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

This week sees new and notable appointments at A&L Goodbody LLP, Bord na Móna, Repak Ltd, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, and Neuromod Devices Ltd.

David Widger, Managing Partner, 
A&L Goodbody LLP

Pictured: David Widger, Managing Partner, A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody LLP (ALG) has appointed David Widger to be its next Managing Partner from 1 May 2022. David will succeed Julian Yarr, who will complete his third and final term next May after 12 years as Managing Partner.

David is currently head of ALG’s Corporate Department and sits on the firm’s Management Committee.

Commenting on David’s appointment, Eileen Roberts, Chair of ALG, said, “I’m excited to announce that David will become our next Managing Partner. David will bring a huge amount of experience and leadership to the role. He is widely considered to be one of the leading corporate lawyers in Ireland and has also been a key member of the ALG senior management team for many years. Having first joined the firm as a trainee, he is steeped in our culture and vision and is highly regarded by his fellow partners and colleagues in ALG.

“We’ve been fortunate to have Julian as Managing Partner. His sense of ambition and passion combined with his ability to encourage and develop all our people, has been the hallmark of the great success of the firm under his leadership. He has helped transform ALG into the progressive, market leading firm we are today. His energy and commitment over the years has been an inspiration to everyone in the firm.”

On his appointment, David Widger said, “I am thrilled to have been selected as ALG’s next Managing Partner. We have great clients and great people. I am really excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our people and for how we further develop our service to clients.” I have seen first-hand the enormous contribution that Julian has made for so many years and I look forward to working alongside him over the next six months in advance of taking up my new role.”

Julian Yarr commented, “Having worked with David closely over many years I know that he will be a great leader for everyone in the firm and for our clients. He has an abundance of experience, great judgement and believes in our core values. Most importantly he cares deeply about the firm and has the ambition and determination to lead us to continued success in the years ahead.

Dr. John MacNamara, Pearl Clarke, Corporate Sustainability Lead, Finance Manager Consumer Products, respectively,
Bord na Móna

Pictured: Dr. John MacNamara, Corporate Sustainability Lead, Bord na Móna

Pictured: Pearl Clarke, Finance Manager Consumer Products, Bord na Móna

Bord na Móna is pleased to announce two new senior appointments to its Executive team.

Dr. John MacNamara has been appointed Corporate Sustainability Lead at Bord na Móna. John will develop and implement Bord na Móna’s new Sustainability strategy, including reporting disclosures, which will be designed to have positive impacts on Climate action and communities.

John has over 2 decades of experience in the energy and environmental sector, in particular, renewable electricity and resource recovery.

Pearl Clarke has been appointed Finance Manager Consumer Products at Bord na Móna. Pearl will be responsible for the Consumer Products finance function across Home Heating and Growing Media UK & Ireland, as the business develops its new sustainable product range.

Pearl joins Bord na Móna after working with An Post for a number of years as Retail Product Director and previously as Managing Director PostPoint. Prior to her roles in An Post, Pearl gained extensive experience working in the media and health industries in London.

Pearl is a Chartered Management Accountant and a graduate of UCD and the Institute of Directors. Pearl is also Board Treasurer of the charity Leave No Trace Ireland.

Established to support the State’s economic progress and security of energy supply Bord na Móna is an Irish, semi-state climate solutions company helping lead Ireland towards a climate neutral future. Eighty percent of all Bord na Móna’s operations is now focused on renewable energy production, recycling, peatland rehabilitation, and sustainable product development.

In 2020 Bord na Móna launched a €126m Peatland Climate Action Scheme, which will harness the natural power of peatlands to secure a store of over 100m tonnes of carbon in perpetuity, cut emissions, and capture millions of tonnes more in the coming years. The company is also raising €1.6 billion to fund a series of major climate focused projects across its 200,000 acre landholding. By 2030, Bord na Móna will be able to supply a third of Irish homes with renewable energy.

Tom Shipsey, Chair of the Board,
Repak Ltd

Pictured: Tom Shipsey, Chair of the Board, Repak Ltd

The Board of Repak Ltd. announced the appointment of Tom Shipsey as the new Chair of Repak. Tom succeeds Tony Keohane, who stepped down, having served as Chair for 9 years.

Tom joined the Board of Repak in 2019, with a wealth of experience in the retail industry, and is currently CEO of Stonehouse Marketing Ltd, a wholly Irish independent Retail Food and Catering Cash & Carry Group with a network of 27 depots nationwide.

A native of Waterford, Tom holds a BAgrSc from UCD, and an MSc in Executive Leadership from the University of Ulster. He is the former Chair and Company Secretary of Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest overseas charity, operating in over 26 of the most vulnerable countries of the world, with a staff of 3,000 and turnover of over €180 million. At present, Tom also sits on the Board of Kelsius, an Irish Company which provides wireless temperature monitoring and digital HACCP management systems for the food service and healthcare industries.

Tom has a huge interest in how Boards incorporate good governance into the activities of the Board and Company, and became Ireland’s first Chartered Director in 2001.

Séamus Clancy, Repak CEO commented, “I am delighted to welcome Tom as Chair of Repak and as a serving Member of the Board, I know his knowledge and experience will provide important continuity as we position Repak for continued growth and success in prioritising sustainability in Ireland .

“In what has been a challenging 18 months, we have a clear strategy on how to take the organisation forward and I have no doubt that Tom’s input will be both progressive and insightful. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tony Keohane for his invaluable contribution since joining the Board in 2013.”

Tom commented, “It is a privilege to be appointed Chair of the Repak Board, particularly at such a pivotal time for the environmental industry and Repak as an organisation. As we emerge from the Covid 19 pandemic, there is a greater awareness of the environment and the need to protect and advocate for a new circular economy. I look forward to working with Séamus and the Board to implement our strategic plans and represent our Members nationwide.”

Eugene Moore, Naomh McGrann, Tax Manager, Tax Technician, respectively,
Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Pictured: Eugene Moore, Naomh McGrann, Angela Keely, Tax Manager, Tax Technician, respectively, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Accountancy and advisory firm Baker Tilly Mooney Moore has made two appointments to the Taxation Department amid a period of sustained growth and development.

Eugene Moore joins the firm as Tax Manager, while Naomh McGrann has taken on the role of Tax Technician.

The appointments mark another step forward for the Belfast-based team, which specialises in Audit & Assurance, Consulting, Taxation and Restructuring & Insolvency, following a busy period across all areas of the business.

From beginning his career in Portadown, Eugene brings over 16 years’ experience at both local general practice and large corporate tax team levels. Initially delivering Tax and Audit services for clients across multiple sectors including agriculture and medicine, Eugene has specialised in Corporate Tax Advisory and Compliance over the last six years.

Also starting off at local level, Naomh brings five years’ experience in personal tax from both a smaller practice in Lisburn and within the ‘Big 4’ bracket.

The appointments follow the addition of Eimear Brown to the well-known accountancy brand as its new Head of Audit in August.

Welcoming Eugene and Naomh to the team, Angela Keery, Tax Director at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore said, “This is an important milestone for the firm as we welcome two consultants with a wealth of expertise to our growing Taxation Department. As our new Tax Manager, Eugene brings experience working with clients across Northern Ireland. Eugene has a corporate tax focus, working with local family businesses on company reorganisations and associated tax planning.”

“Naomh, who joins us as a Tax Technician, will apply her expertise and insights initially in managing personal tax cases to our varied client base of both established and new business. We are thrilled to have them both on board and believe their energy and attention to detail will bolster the team as we seek to deliver for our clients in this post-pandemic environment.”

 Eugene Moore, new Tax Manager at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore said, “Joining the team at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore during a period of expansion and growth was an opportunity not to be missed as the firm goes from strength to strength. I look forward to applying my experience across various sectors to this all-encompassing role and contributing to the success of the Tax department and the firm overall.”

Naomh McGrann, new Tax Technician at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore added, “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Tax Department at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, which brings all the comfort of a smaller firm while operating on a higher level. As our clients navigate their post-pandemic recovery, it is both motivating and reassuring to join an expanding team. I know there will be an endless number of opportunities, particularly through the Baker Tilly International network, and feel encouraged by all that is going on.”

Teri Minard, Director, Government Sales, 
Neuromod Devices Ltd

Pictured: Ms. Teri Minard, Director of Government Sales, Neuromod USA Inc. As Director of Government Sales, Ms. Minard will oversee Neuromod’s efforts to introduce its interventions for tinnitus into the public hearing healthcare ecosystem by partnering with relevant government organisations. (Pic: Neuromod Devices)

Neuromod Devices Ltd, the Irish medical device company which specialises in neuromodulation technologies, has announced the appointment of Ms. Teri Minard as Director, Government Sales of its recently established US entity, Neuromod USA Inc.

As Director of Government Sales, Ms. Minard will oversee Neuromod’s efforts to introduce its interventions for tinnitus into the public hearing healthcare ecosystem by partnering with relevant government organisations. Neuromod’s initial area of focus will be to provide tinnitus interventions for US Veterans by building relationships with the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Department of Defence, and other key government stakeholders.

Tinnitus is believed to affect between 10 and 15% of the global population. In the United States it is estimated that almost 50 million people suffer from this neurological condition(i), commonly referred to as ‘ringing in the ears’. Of these, roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome chronic tinnitus(ii). According to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, more than two million U.S. Veterans receive disability payments for service-connected tinnitus. This unmet clinical need makes tinnitus the department’s largest and fastest growing cause of service-connected disability (iii).

Ms. Minard joins Neuromod from the multinational conglomerate, 3M where she had an extensive career driving business growth with global responsibilities for strategic planning, business development, and sales and marketing. Her appointment comes as Neuromod prepares to enter the US market with its proprietary medical device for tinnitus treatment, pending the granting of approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Speaking on the appointment of Ms. Minard, Mr. Eric Timm, CEO of Neuromod USA commented: “Teri is an entrepreneur at heart and has a proven track record of building businesses across a variety of industries. Teri’s role is important to our ambition of meeting the needs of Veterans living with tinnitus in the USA and I’m very much looking forward to working with her as she leads the development of our services in this area.”

Ms. Minard holds a Master’s degree of Business Administration and Management from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and Arizona State University, and is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Speaking on her appointment, Ms. Minard said: “Neuromod’s vision to introduce an evidence-based neuromodulation treatment has the required ambition to resolve the unmet clinical need that tinnitus presents for Veterans in the USA. I’m looking forward to working with the wider Neuromod team to make that vision a reality.”

Ms. Minard is the latest addition to Neuromod USA’s leadership team. The organisation was established earlier in 2021 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Neuromod Devices Ltd. In September the organisation announced the appointment of Mr. Eric Timm, an experience hearing healthcare executive, as CEO of Neuromod USA. In August, the company announced the formation of its leadership team with the hiring of three executives with previous hearing healthcare experience. Stephanie Glowacki joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Tish Ramirez (AuD) as Chief Commercial Officer, and Holly Dean as Director, Commercial Sales.

Neuromod specialises in non-invasive neuromodulation technologies and has developed Lenire, the first non-invasive bimodal neuromodulation device for the treatment of tinnitus which has been clinically proven in large-scale clinical trials to soothe tinnitus symptoms. To date Neuromod has raised significant venture equity and debt financing to fund ongoing expansion of the availability of Lenire in Europe and the organisation’s FDA submission process in the US.

This funding has been led by Fountain Healthcare Partners, an international life science focussed venture capital fund which invests in entrepreneurs and companies with disruptive technologies or products that have a clear pharmacoeconomic benefit.