New and notable appointments at Esri Ireland, EHS International, Allianz Ireland, and Datalex

By Business & Finance
19 April 2024
Pictured: Rob Morrison, Head of Technology, Esri Ireland

This week sees new and notable appointments at Esri Ireland, EHS International, Allianz Ireland, and Datalex

Rob Morrison, Head of Technology,
Esri Ireland

Esri Ireland has announced the appointment of Rob Morrison to the newly created role of Head of Technology.

In this position, Morrison will play a key role in driving business growth for Esri Ireland by informing, guiding, shaping, executing & applying the company’s technical strategy and associated roadmaps. He will also provide mentorship, guidance, and technical expertise to Esri Ireland’s internal technical teams, setting a clear technology vision and empowering teams to achieve this. Rob will help to operationalise both Esri and GIS-related technology initiatives, aligning them with Esri Ireland’s overall business goals.

He will also collaborate closely with customers and monitor market trends to identify whether these trends impact customers With decades of experience in the geospatial industry, Morrison brings a wealth of knowledge in developing technical strategies for customers, aiming to foster innovation and deliver value across diverse customer fields.

Previously, Morrison spent more than 14 years as a Principal Consultant with Esri Ireland. In this role, he was responsible for leading large customer engagements, and creating and implementing robust technical solutions for customers. Prior to this, Rob held various technical positions in Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, and the Middle East, providing exposure to and hands-on experience with cutting-edge developments in the technical field.

Speaking on his new appointment, Rob Morrison said: “As the newly appointed Head of Technology, I have the opportunity to merge my technical and business experience with a keen understanding of current geospatial industry trends, aimed at adding value for our customers. I’m excited about collaborating with the Esri Ireland team. Together, we’ll work on addressing real-world business challenges and implement innovative solutions through the use of Esri technology, to help make a difference to the customers we serve every day.”

Morrison holds an MSc in Business from UCD Smurfit Business School.

Robert Butler, Dublin Operations Director,
EHS International

Robert Butler, Dublin Operations Director, EHS International

EHS International, a leading Irish environmental, health, and safety (EHS) company, has announced the appointment of Robert
Butler as its new Dublin Operations Director. Butler will spearhead operations from EHS International’s Ballymount office, driving the company’s mission of delivering top-tier single-source EHS solutions and training services.

With an extensive background in EHS and a proven track record of leadership and strategic development, Butler is well-positioned to
lead the Dublin operations. His career spans over three decades, and he has extensive experience in training, consultancy, and business development.

Speaking on the new appointment, Chris Mee, Founder and CEO of EHS International, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Butler as our
new Dublin Operations Director. His extensive experience and proven leadership will undoubtedly bolster our efforts to deliver unparalleled EHS solutions and further solidify our position as a leader in the industry. Butler’s appointment reflects our unwavering
commitment to driving excellence and innovation in environmental, health, and safety services across Ireland.”

Butler was the Head of Learning & Development at the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), where he played a pivotal role in developing
continued professional development programmes and ensuring the successful delivery of annual revenue targets. Additionally, Butler served as a Board Member of the Health & Safety Authority (HSA), where he collaborated closely with executive teams to drive strategic initiatives and uphold operational excellence standards and had a tenure as Director for Safety & Health Consultancy at ESA Consultants.

His academic credentials include a Master’s in Business Practice from University College Cork, complemented by multiple certifications
in various EHS disciplines.

Commenting on his appointment, Butler stated: “I am excited to join Chris Mee’s EHS International and lead the Dublin Operation. I
look forward to contributing to the company’s continued success and to playing a key role in promoting excellence in environmental, health, and safety services across Ireland.”

Helen Merry, Chief Operating Officer,
Allianz Ireland

Helen Merry, Chief Operating Officer, Allianz Ireland

Allianz Ireland, one of Ireland’s largest insurers, has announced the appointment of Helen Merry as Chief Operating Officer. Merry brings more than 24 years of experience with Allianz Ireland to the role, having worked in a number of different roles both within the business and IT. Merry was appointed to the Board of Management of Allianz Ireland in April 2019, and held the role of Chief Underwriting Officer since that time.

Merry is also the Allianz Ireland Board of Management member with overall responsibility for Sustainability and has recently been appointed as Chairperson of the Insurance Ireland Strategy and Advocacy Sustainability Working Group. The working group was established in 2021 to drive the sustainable finance agenda within Ireland’s insurance industry.

Merry plays a key role in leading Allianz Ireland’s sustainability activity in Ireland, which involves the introduction of two significant initiatives – Climate Safe Homes and Rebuild Better.

Climate Safe Homes is a first-of-its-kind project for the Irish insurance industry, an initiative aimed at accelerating climate adaptive home building in Ireland. Allianz Ireland has invested €1 million into the project and has brought together experts from across construction, engineering, and architecture to develop a new home building model designed specifically to withstand the effects of Ireland’s changing climate.

Allianz Ireland also announced a new initiative called ‘Rebuild Better’ for the Irish Insurance market. Through this initiative Allianz Ireland offers eligible customers €5,000* on top of their claim of €50,000 or more to make sustainable energy improvements to their home such as a heat pump system or wall insulation whilst they repair the damage to their home.

Commenting on the announcement, Phillip Gronemeyer, Chief Executive Officer, Allianz Ireland said: “I am delighted to share the news that Helen Merry has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer for Allianz Ireland. Her wealth of experience and skillset will prove invaluable as we look to find new and innovative ways to enhance our customer experience. Helen is a valued member of our Board of Management and I very much look forward to continuing working closely with her as Allianz in Ireland builds for the future”.

Commenting on her appointment Merry said: “I have been very fortunate to spend the better part of my career with Allianz in Ireland. During that time I have enjoyed working with amazing people, and really appreciate the opportunity to continue to learn and gain new experience. It is an honour for  me to now step into the role of Chief Operating Officer, and I really look forward to working with our senior leadership team to build on Allianz’s reputation as one of Ireland’s leading and most trusted insurers. I particularly look forward to working with my colleagues to further enshrine sustainability at the heart of what we do and work to secure the future for our customers, our colleagues and our company”.

Steven Moloney, Chief Financial Officer,

Datalex plc has announced that Steven Moloney will take up the role as Chief Financial Officer on 22 April 2024 and will also join the Board of Directors of the Company on that date.

Moloney joins Datalex from &Open where he held the position of CFO. Prior to this Moloney spent nearly 6 years at Block (formerly Square), where he was CFO for the UK & Europe, and led finance and strategy for the wider international business through a period of rapid growth. Steven has also held senior roles in Hostelworld, PaddyPower and PwC.

Jonathan Rocket, Chief Executive Officer of Datalex said, “I am delighted that Steven has decided to join Datalex. His background as a financial, strategic and execution leader will be invaluable for Datalex as we build for the future growth of the Company. Steven will be a strong addition to our team, as the Group moves forward and the impact of our strategy starts to translate into our financial performance.”

Commenting on his new role, Moloney said: I am excited to join Datalex during such an important phase of growth for the business. Datalex is a company that I have long admired and I look forward to working with Jonathan, the Board and the team to drive the strategy forward.

Jonathan added: “Steven joins at a pivotal time for Datalex as we finalise our strategic plans and look to accelerate our execution of our vision to deliver e-commerce solutions to airlines globally.”

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