New and notable appointments at Bord Gáis Energy, Sisu Clinic, Springboard Communications and IQ-EQ

By Business & Finance
06 January 2022
Pictured: Teresa Purtill, Director of Services and Solutions at Bord Gáis Energy

This week sees new and notable appointments at Bord Gáis Energy, Sisu Clinic, Springboard Communications, and IQ-EQ.

Teresa Purtill, Director of Services and Solutions & Colin Bebbington, Director of Energy, Marketing and Data
Bord Gáis Energy

Pictured: Colin Bebbington, Director of Energy, Marketing and Data at Bord Gáis Energy

Bord Gáis Energy has announced changes to its executive management team with the appointment of Teresa Purtill to the newly created role of Director of Services and Solutions, and Colin Bebbington as Director of Energy, Marketing and Data.

Teresa joined Bord Gáis Energy in 2015 as Customer & Field Operations Director, with responsibility for driving the company’s customer experience strategy, business excellence and strategic programme delivery.  In her new role as Director of Services and Solutions, Teresa will spearhead the growth of Bord Gáis Energy’s services business and drive the revenue and commercial strategies for the organisation.

Prior to joining Bord Gáis Energy, Teresa was Global VP for Customer Care for the Hertz Corporation. Teresa holds an MA in European Integration from the University of Limerick and is a graduate of Wharton Business School Executive Development Program, University of Pennsylvania.

Colin takes on the new role of Director of Energy, Marketing and Data, where he will lead Bord Gáis Energy’s consumer and business energy performance, sales and marketing strategies, and ensure excellence in the company’s data management practices. Colin joined Bord Gáis Energy in 2012, where he first held the role of Residential Category Controller and subsequently Retail Director leading the company’s retail and marketing strategies.

Colin has a wealth of experience in the telecommunications and energy sectors, including senior roles at Vodafone and Meteor. Colin holds a Masters in Strategic Management from University College Dublin and is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

Speaking of the moves, Dave Kirwan, Bord Gáis Energy Managing Director says, “It’s an exciting time for the energy industry and we have been reviewing our structures and strategy to ensure we’re well positioned to support our customers on the journey to net zero.  These appointments will be instrumental in ensuring we continue to lead change in our sector through technology, services and innovation that will exceed customer expectations as we transition to a lower carbon future.”

Kimberly Nemser, Executive Board of Directors
Sisu Clinic

Sisu Clinic, a doctor-led cosmetic medicine destination offering a comprehensive range of non-surgical beauty treatments, recently announced the appointment of Kimberly Nemser, accomplished retail strategist of Warby Parker, to its Executive Board of Directors.

Kim has joined Sisu Clinic bringing with her over 18 years of diverse, strategic global experience in business transformation, delivering solutions that address new and emerging markets as of July 2021. As the Chief Merchandising Officer of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear while leading the way for socially conscious businesses, she is responsible for merchandising, planning, product development, and strategy for the business.

“Sisu is dedicated to providing the most innovative luxury cosmetic medicine treatments available in the market and an unparalleled patient experience. As we set our sights on market expansion in the year ahead, we are thrilled to have Kim aboard this team,” says co-founder Pat Phelan. “Kim’s experience scaling Warby Parker and her understanding of the modern luxury retail landscape will help us identify the most purposeful growth markets for the brand to enter. Her familiarity in retail development is key as Sisu Clinic plans to establish itself in new markets across North America over the next few years.”

Kim joins Greycroft Venture Partner Kamran Ansari, medical co-founders Dr James Cotter and Dr Brian Cotter, serial technology entrepreneur Pat Phelan, and Bullpen Capital General Manager and board observer Eric Wiesen. Speaking on her appointment to Sisu Clinic’s Management Board, Nemser said, “I am beyond excited by the opportunity to work with such an accomplished team. We all come to the table with different vantage points on brand-building and the evolution of the aesthetics industry.”

Prior to joining Warby Parker in 2016, Kim began her career in finance working as an analyst for UBS Investment Bank and then moved to BAAM, the hedge fund arm of The Blackstone Group. After four years in finance, Kim pivoted into the fashion industry, where she worked for two years at Tods, a luxury Italian leather goods company. From Tods, she moved to J.Crew and spent seven years in women’s merchandising, most recently as a Vice President overseeing the women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories businesses.

A native of Falmouth, Maine, Kim graduated from Dartmouth College. She sits on the board of the luxury DTC footwear brand, Sarah Flint, and is also part of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Associates Committee and Good Plus Foundation’s Friends Committee. Kim lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, with her husband, Adam, and their two children, Millie and Hayes.

Sandy Boundy, Director of Strategy and Insight & Ciara Flaherty, Client Director
Springboard Communications

Pictured (L-R): Ciara Flaherty, Client Director; Susie Horgan, Founder and Managing Director & Sandy Boundy, Director of Strategy and Insight at Springboard Communications

Springboard Communications, the award-winning independent Irish communications agency, has announced the appointment of two new senior roles: Sandy Boundy as Director of Strategy and Insight and Ciara Flaherty as Client Director. The positions strengthen Springboard Communications’ expanding service offering, as the agency continues to address clients’ immediate business priorities, from driving sustainability to connecting increasingly remote teams through strategic internal communications.

The newly created role of Director of Strategy and Insight will see Sandy, who is the former Communications & Sustainability Manager at HEINEKEN, leading strategy efforts. She will work closely with the team to guide, deliver and optimise key outcomes for both Springboard Communications and its partner clients, particularly in her areas of expertise of internal communications and sustainability.

Further new appointments include Ciara Flaherty, who after five years with the agency, is promoted to Client Director. Drawing on her continued work and expertise in external communications for corporate clients, Ciara will also head up Springboard’s new Internal Wire division. Through this dedicated service offering, Springboard partners with clients on all aspects of internal communications, from strategic planning to leadership engagement; content creation to training.

Susie Horgan, Founder and Managing Director of Springboard Communications said: “We’ve all seen great change in the global workforce, driven by remote working and digital transformation. We’ve partnered with our clients, listening and understanding the key issues they are facing and developed our offering accordingly. It is our agility, combined with our years of experience, that allows us to evolve with our clients.

“Location is no longer a barrier — for both teams and businesses — and we are seeing increased demand locally and globally for our services. Sandy and Ciara’s appointments signal our continued commitment to investing in, and building out, sustainability and internal communications expertise and spearheading our own growth trajectory.”

With over 23 years’ experience working in blue chip fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) multinational organisations, Sandy has worked on domestic and global brands in a career encompassing corporate affairs, marketing management, innovation, product development and strategic planning. She also lectured part-time in Munster Technological University and is currently an active member of the Purpose Disruptors Ireland PR Community.

Speaking on her new appointment, Sandy said: “Springboard Communications is at a point of significant growth with a strong reputation as an agency that is creative, agile and future focused. I’m looking forward to being part of this dynamic award-winning team, proactively driving strategy and pushing boundaries across the business, from purpose-driven corporate communications to strategic internal communications. Together, we will progress the business, expanding from within and delivering bold strategies with measurable results for our corporate and consumer portfolios.”

Emma Crabtree, Group Chief Commercial Officer

Emma Crabtree joins investor services firm, IQ-EQ, as Group Chief Commercial Officer following a year which has seen major growth.

A leading figure in the industry with over 26 years of experience in financial service institutions, Emma has an established track record of delivering commercial business value in senior executive positions across the industry.

Most recently, Emma held the position of Global Head of Sales of a leading global custodian securities services provider, working with a team of over 200 sales and relationship management professionals to drive global sales opportunities across existing clients and new prospects.

In her new role at IQ-EQ, Emma will play a leading role in championing organic growth across the business. She will be responsible for the Group’s commercial and segment strategy, growth plans, go to market approach and continuing to build a Group wide unified commercial and sales culture.

Commenting on her new position, Emma said,“I am thrilled to be joining IQ-EQ at what is an exciting time for the company. 2021 marked a huge year for the business. From the U.S. acquisitions of Constellation Advisers, Greyline Partners and Concord Trust Company, through to launching IQ-EQ Compass to support clients on their ESG journey, I’m excited to build on this growth in 2022 and beyond. IQ-EQ is known for its client delivery service excellence and for being a disruptive agent for change in the industry and I am looking forward to bringing my experience to drive forward this continued expansion in the years to come.”

Group Chief Executive Officer, Mark Pesco also commented, “We’re excited to be welcoming Emma to the business. With a strong track record of delivering commercial value in the industry, Emma will be instrumental in delivering on our Vision 20 24 journey.  Our decision to bring Emma into this vital role reflects the confidence we have in her capacity to deliver on our ambitious plans for the coming years.”