New and notable appointments at Europcar Mobility Group, Bank of Ireland Group Plc, Harcourt Developments and Equinix

By Business & Finance
17 November 2022
Pictured: Paul McNeice, Head of Country, Europcar Mobility Group

There were new and notable appointments this week at Europcar Mobility Group, Bank of Ireland Group Plc, Harcourt Developments and Equinix.

Paul McNeice, Head of Country,
Europcar Mobility Group

As Head of Country, McNeice will lead a team of 308 in Ireland and will work closely with Europcar Mobility Group’s global network spanning markets across Europe, the United States and Australia.

McNeice first joined Europcar Mobility Group Ireland in 2018 and in his roles as Sales Director and Customer Experience & Innovation Director, delivered record market share across all key categories. He will now apply that breadth of experience and knowledge to further enhancing Europcar Mobility Group Ireland’s profile.

McNeice also will have overall responsibility for GoCar. He has spent close to three decades in senior management positions nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Europcar, McNeice served as Business Development Director at accountancy body CPA Ireland, and before that he spent 17 years with Coca-Cola.

He holds a Bachelor of Business & Finance from the London Metropolitan University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance & Management Studies from the University of Westminster.

Welcoming his appointment, Ron Santiago, Managing Director of Europcar Mobility Group UK & Ireland said:

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul McNeice to Head of Country for Ireland. With over 30 years of experience, Paul will be well positioned to expand our footprint in Ireland, providing rental and sharing solutions to customers across the country and realise our mission to deliver flexible and convenient transport options for passengers.”

“I look forward to working with Paul as we enter the next phase of growth for Europcar Mobility Group across Europe and wish him all the best in his new role.”

Myles O’Grady, Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director,
Bank of Ireland Group Plc 

Bank of Ireland Group Plc has announced the appointment of Myles O’Grady as Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. Myles took up the positions today (Novemeber 17) and will succeed Gavin Kelly, Interim Group Chief Executive Officer. Gavin Kelly stepped down from the Group Board today.

O’Grady previously served as the firm’s Group Chief Financial Officer from January 2020 until March 2022. He joined the Group in June 2019 as Director of Commercial Partnering, Ireland and was also appointed Group Non-Executive Director at Bank of Ireland (UK) plc and New Ireland Assurance Company plc.

O’Gradywas also a Director of the Irish Banking Culture Board. Prior to joining Bank of Ireland, he was Director of Finance & Investor Relations in AIB Group and he has held senior positions in international financial services organisations including Citibank and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Until October 2022, O’Grady served as Chief Financial Officer of the Musgrave Group.

In a career of more than 30 years, he has worked nationally and internationally including in senior roles across retail, business and investment banking. O’Grady has extensive local market knowledge and deep experience of working with a range of stakeholders including customers, colleagues, investors and regulatory authorities.

He is also skilled in strategic development and delivery and played an integral role in the Davy and KBC portfolio acquisitions when he was Bank of Ireland Chief Financial Officer.

Bank of Ireland’s Chairman, Patrick Kennedy, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Myles back to Bank of Ireland as Group Chief Executive Officer. Myles is an exceptional leader with a strong track record of delivery. The focus of the Board remains on the execution and delivery of the significant opportunities available to the Group. Myles’ appointment underlines the Board’s commitment to the ongoing successful execution of its existing strategy.

“I would also like to thank Gavin Kelly for stepping into the Interim Chief Executive Officer position over the last number of months. Gavin showed huge commitment and leadership during this period. Gavin will work closely with Myles to support a smooth transition into the role of Group CEO, and will remain a key member of the Group Executive Committee.”

Lisa Marshall, Group Director of Sales and Marketing,
Harcourt Developments

The board of Harcourt Developments has confirmed the promotion of Lisa Marshall as Group Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Collection. Harcourt Developments has over 1500 employees with properties across Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and Antigua.  

Marshall joined the Harcourt Developments team over six years ago as Director of Sales and Marketing at Lough Eske Castle, Donegal. With over twenty years of experience in the hospitality sector, her fervour for the industry started with food and beverage operations working for Gordon Ramsay, and then moving on to other luxury properties such as One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow, Baglioni Hotels in Italy, France and London.

Before moving to Harcourt Developments, Marshall’s last role was Director of Sales and Marketing at Mason Rose.

Clement Gaffney, Group Hotels Operation’s Manager of Harcourt Developments commented:

“The Harcourt Hotel Collection and the board members of Harcourt Developments take great pride in seeing our team develop. We are delighted to see the promotion of Lisa within our group, she brings a wealth of knowledge, creativity and exceptional leadership skills will raise the whole hospitality collection to greater heights.” 

Lisa Marshall had the following to say about her new appointment:

 “I am honoured to have been granted this opportunity to develop my career with Harcourt Developments.  Each property is unique, memorable, and exceptional in their own way. I look forward to engaging with our individual teams, our trade colleagues, and loyal guests to continue to elevate the brand and reputation of each property.”    

Michael Galvin, Sales Director,
Equinix Ireland

Global digital infrastructure company, Equinix, has announced the appointment of Michael Galvin as Sales Director for Ireland.

Galvin brings more than 25 years’ experience in senior managerial and director roles in large enterprises in Ireland to his new role. He will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Equinix Ireland’s revenue streams, leading business development efforts with both domestic and multinational enterprises.

As businesses’ data volumes continue to rise, and sustainability becomes an increasingly important priority for business leaders in Ireland, there is now more than ever before, a growing reliance on companies such as Equinix to deliver sustainable digital infrastructure and cloud technology for customers.

To help its customers meet this demand and achieve their goals, Galvin will drive the adoption of Platform Equinix alongside other important digital service solutions for customers who are migrating to the cloud. In addition to this, he will ensure strategic, efficient and cost-saving solutions for direct customers as well as driving further growth via partner channel sales.

Most recently, Galvin held the role of Head of Strategic Solutions Sales and ICT at BT Ireland where he managed a newly formed technical solutions team and developed project roadmaps to suit customer business objectives. Prior to this, he worked in G4S as Sales Director where he delivered cost savings and improved customer satisfaction. Galvin was also Country Manager at Cisco, where he provided direction, leadership and vision for their sales operations in Ireland.

Michael Galvin, Sales Director for Equinix Ireland, said:

“I am excited to step into this role in Equinix and to be part of an organisation that prioritises supporting customers on their digital transformation journeys. With my background in sales and experience of building teams with a strategic focus, I will guide the sales team to cement Equinix’s leading position in Ireland’s enterprise market. I will leverage my experience in proven market strategy, sales methodology and development goals to bring the full value of Equinix solutions to our target customers and make their transformations a reality.”

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