New and notable appointments at EY Ireland, Aviva, Gyproc & Isover Ireland, Dentons and HOMS Assist 

Appointments | Thu 22 Dec | Author – Business & Finance
Pictured: Dr. Loretta O’Sullivan, Chief Economist and Partner, EY Ireland

There were new and notable appointments this week at EY Ireland, Aviva, Gyproc & Isover Ireland, Dentons and HOMS Assist. 

Dr. Loretta O’Sullivan, Chief Economist and Partner,
EY Ireland

EY Ireland has announced the appointment of Dr Loretta O’Sullivan who will be joining the company as Chief Economist and Partner starting in January 2023. Dr. O’Sullivan will be responsible for overseeing economic research and analysis for the firm and its clients while distilling the latest macro-economic data into actionable insights.  

Barry Cudmore, Chief Executive Officer,

Aviva Life and Pensions Ireland DAC (Aviva Life and Pensions Ireland) has announced the appointment of Barry Cudmore as Chief Executive Officer, subject to regulatory approval.  Cudmore will take up his role in the first half of 2023 and will work closely with Interim CEO Dave Swanton to ensure a smooth transition.

Cudmore is currently Chief Financial Officer at the UK insurer LV= Life and Pensions and has extensive experience in senior executive roles over 25 years across several European insurance markets. This includes serving as Group Chief Financial Officer at Athora Holding and CEO of Aegon Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and studied Actuarial and Financial Studies at University College Dublin. He is married with three children and lives in Ireland. 

Commenting, Paul Raleigh, Chairman, Aviva Life and Pensions Ireland said: “Our life business is a significant player in the Irish market and a core part of Aviva’s business. I look forward to working closely with Barry in building on the development of our business and delivering for our customers and brokers. I would also like to express our gratitude to Dave Swanton for his contribution in managing our business during the interim period.”

Doug Brown CEO UK & Ireland Life said: “Barry has a wealth of relevant experience in Ireland and internationally and is well placed to lead this business as we drive growth’

Cudmore said: “I am delighted to be joining Aviva as CEO of Aviva Life and Pensions Ireland. Given the company’s strength and the pace of market innovation, this is a really exciting time to be joining the business. I am very much looking forward to meeting and working closely with our people, brokers and customers in the new year.”

Niall Evans, Sales Director,
Gyproc & Isover Ireland

Pictured: Niall Evans, Sales Director, Gyproc & Isover Ireland

Saint-Gobain has announced the appointment of Niall Evans to the role of Sales Director for the Gyproc & Isover businesses in Ireland.  Before this appointment, Evans held the role of National Sales Manager at Gyproc & Isover for 7 years where he developed a great understanding of the Irish markets and customers.  

He has held various commercial roles during his twenty-three years with Saint-Gobain and his insight and knowledge will help to drive business growth through new and existing customer relationships.  Evans takes over this role from Declan Smyth who retires on December 31st 2022.

Commenting on his appointment, Evans said, “It is an honour for me to take on the role of Sales Director and I look forward to working closely with all our customers throughout Ireland. Together with our excellent commercial team, I will continue to collaborate with all of our stakeholders into the future to enhance our successful working relationships.” 

Padraig Barry, Managing Director of Gyproc and Isover in Ireland also commented, “For us it is a great privilege to be able to promote some of the most talented people in the industry. Sales Director is a well-deserved position for Niall. I have no doubts he will thrive and will continue to develop the business while also supporting existing customers.”  

Evans is a Derry native and a graduate of the University of Ulster Jordanstown where he obtained his MBA.   

Ciara FitzGerald, Disputes Partner & Lesley Caplin, Of Counsel

Dentons has announced the recruitment of Ciara FitzGerald as a Disputes partner and Lesley Caplin as Of Counsel in Dublin. FitzGerald is the ninth new partner appointment in 2022 at Dentons’ rapidly growing Dublin office.

Ciara FitzGerald joins the firm from McCann FitzGerald. She brings a broad range of expertise in complex commercial disputes and administrative law. She has significant experience in fraud and asset recovery and multi-jurisdictional disputes, as well as property litigation and banking disputes and regulation. 

Caplin also joins from McCann FitzGerald. She is a talented commercial litigator and an expert media defence practitioner with many years’ experience of managing civil jury actions where she has been involved in some seminal cases, and advisory work for media clients.

“Ciara is a mainstay of the Commercial Court and Lesley has advised on some of Ireland’s most complex commercial disputes,” said UK, Ireland and Middle East CEO Paul Jarvis. “Their arrival adds to the bench strength of senior talent that we now have in Dublin and is in line with our new five-year strategy to be the premium international law firm in Dublin.” 

“Ciara and Lesley’s recruitment accelerates the development of our Disputes practice, joining up with standout senior practitioners Karyn Harty and Gareth Steen,” said Ireland Managing Partner Eavan Saunders. “We now offer clients a premium disputes practice centred on complex mandates often with a cross-border element, focussing on Commercial Court disputes, regulatory and investigations, fraud, high-end insolvency. restructuring and media defence. I’m immensely proud that in just over two years we have established one of the top corporate teams in Dublin while becoming one of the go-to firms for international disputes.”  

Stephen Clancy, Motor Engineer and Claims Assessor,
HOMS Assist

HOMS Assist has announced the appointment of Stephen Clancy as Motor Engineer and Claims Assessor to the law firm which operates nationwide. Clancy has over 20 years’ experience in the area of vehicle damage claims and the motor industry, and previously worked with Gerard M Doyle and Assess Ireland as a Motor Engineer Assessor, dealing directly with insurance companies.

His expertise as a motor assessor is unique in Irish law firms, as he acts as a conduit between insurance, legal and garages. In his new role, Clancy will specialise in all types of motor damage claims to achieve the best possible result for the client and aim to leave the client stress and hassle-free.

Working closely with garages and insurance companies, Clancy will  ensure the insurance company covers the cost of the work; and that clients secure the full value of the cost of the necessary repairs to their vehicle, including depreciation and diminished value; meaning there  is no cost to the person involved in the accident. HOMS Assist will also ensure that the person involved in the accident is provided with a rental car where necessary.

Speaking about his appointment, Clancy said “I am delighted to join the team at HOMS Assist, in a role that will take the burden away from clients in what is traditionally a stressful period following a motoring accident. This is a unique offering which makes sense for garages, as well as for clients, because they don’t have to chase and negotiate with insurance companies for payment. It improves cash flow and reduces administrative burden, as HOMS Assist manages all this using a simple and efficient process.”      

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