New and notable appointments at Gamma, BearingPoint, DPD Ireland, and IQ-EQ

By Business & Finance
14 January 2021
Pictured: James Atkinson, Programme Manager, DPD Ireland

This week sees new and notable appointments at Gamma, BearingPoint, DPD Ireland, and IQ-EQ

Jason Day, Head of Location Intelligence Solutions for EMEA,

Jason Day, Head of Location Intelligence Solutions for EMEA, Gamma

Gamma, the cloud-hosted location intelligence systems and services company, today announces the appointment of Jason Day as its Head of Location Intelligence Solutions for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.

Mr Day will be responsible for leading the company’s commercial team in EMEA, with a focus on location intelligence cloud-hosted tools and services. His role will oversee all aspects of business development in the UK market and further afield, including sales growth and account management.

With 15 years of sales experience in the UK market and a vast network of connections, Mr Day is well-positioned to enable Gamma’s to make better informed decisions on investment risk, particularly in the retail sector.

Before joining Gamma, Mr Day held the role of Sales Director in Vanson Bourne. He spent seven years in the company, having joined as a Sales Account Manager, and helped it grow its turnover to over £4.5M. Prior to that, he worked as an SaaS Solutions Executive for Spikes Cavell Analytics and a Solutions Sales Manager for the strategy and analytics department within Pitney Bowes Software (now Precisely).

Speaking about the latest addition to the Gamma team, CEO Feargal O’Neill said: “Throughout his impressive career, Jason has demonstrated that he can build successful relationships with customers and solve problems using data insights. This is at the heart of what we do in Gamma, so we are delighted to have him join the team and believe he is the ideal person to support our growth in the EMEA region.”

Gillian O’Sullivan and Eric Conway, Country Leader for Ireland and Regional Leader, respectively,

Gillian O’Sullivan, Country Leader for Ireland, BearingPoint

Management and technology consultancy BearingPoint has announced the appointment of Gillian O’Sullivan as the firm’s new Country Leader for Ireland.  In her new role, Ms O’Sullivan will be responsible for leading a local team of 300 people, supporting consultancy and technology implementation to deliver sustainable results, locally and internationally. She will also be a core member of the BearingPoint regional leadership team covering Finland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Commenting on her appointment as the new Country Leader for Ireland, Ms O’Sullivan said: “I am delighted and excited to be taking on this important leadership role. My commitment is to continue putting people at the centre of our business and harnessing their talents and expertise to deliver real value and innovation for our clients that makes a difference.  I very much look forward to addressing the challenges and opportunities that the role entails and working closely with our clients to navigate their growth path in the coming months and beyond.”

Ms O’Sullivan has been working with BearingPoint since 2004 having joined as a software developer and progressed to lead the Development team. Following her appointment as Partner in the Firm in 2016, she subsequently became lead Partner with responsibility for Technology Delivery, working on IT strategy and transformation projects at both the country and international level. In addition to this role, Ms O’Sullivan was most recently the Firm-wide Head of Diversity. During her time at BearingPoint, she has worked across numerous leadership roles delivering for clients across several industries including public sector, financial services and pharmaceutical.

Gillian O’Sullivan replaces Eric Conway as Country Leader for BearingPoint in Ireland, who now takes on the Regional Leadership position across seven of BearingPoint’s most established European countries.

A native of Dublin, she is a Trinity College Dublin graduate having qualified with a degree in Management Science and Information Systems Studies.

Eric Conway, Regional Leader, BearingPoint

BearingPoint has also announced the appointment of Eric Conway to the role of Regional Leader for a business area made up of seven countries in Europe that covers Finland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Mr Conway, who was previously BearingPoint’s Country Leader for Ireland, has also joined the firm’s 10 person Management Committee as one of the 3 regional leaders as well as BearingPoint’s IP and Assets Board. In his new role, the country leaders from each of the seven countries in Mr Conway’s region will report directly to him and the region will align under a combined target with regards to business metrics and key performance indicators.

Commenting on his new role, Mr Conway said: “While BearingPoint is quite progressive in terms of knowledge and people sharing from one country to the next, my ambition is to further align the seven countries under my remit and continue to improve collaboration.  Since COVID-19, our customers are starting to place less of an emphasis on having our consultants onsite and in the room.  This means it is far more acceptable and welcome to engage people from other BearingPoint countries.”

Mr Conway joined BearingPoint in 1998 as an application developer, working on a number of large system integration and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects for both public and private sector clients. As he progressed through the company, he moved from development roles to project management and then customer management where he eventually took over the Communications, Media and Entertainment (CME) segment in BearingPoint Ireland.

Appointed Country Leader for BearingPoint Ireland in 2017, the Dublin office grew from 225 to over 300 staff under Mr Conway’s leadership. In the last two years, BearingPoint Dublin has progressed its offering and reputation for ‘innovation’, mixing technology with consulting and using techniques such as agile, service design and design thinking. BearingPoint’s Irish office was recently designated to operate as one of the Firm’s four global centres of excellence for technology intellectual property (IP) development with particular success in bringing international regulatory technology (RegTech) software to market.

Originally from Offaly and now living in Kildare, he holds a Master’s degree in Business and IT from UCD’s Smurfit Business School and is a graduate of Yale School of Business’ Business Leadership course.

James Atkinson, Programme Manager,
DPD Ireland

DPD Ireland has announced the appointment of their first Sustainability Programme Manager, James Atkinson. With a Masters in Business Sustainability, Mr Atkinson’s new position will centralise and develop all of DPD’s sustainability initiatives from air pollution tracking to decarbonisation of their extensive national delivery fleet.

Mr Atkinson previously spent time in Saudi Arabia and Canada working on Corporate Sustainability. A native of Wexford, he also holds a B Comm from UCD and spent 5 years with Jameson in Poland and Thailand. Prior to joining DPD, he was an Origin Green Ambassador, representing Ireland’s national food sustainability programme.

As a dedicated resource within DPD Ireland, Mr Atkinson will help to deliver the ambitious goals set by DPDgroup: to reduce CO2e per parcel -30% by 2025. He is excited to work on reducing DPD’s impact on the environment as the eCommerce boom continues to drive growth in the CEP sector.

Colin Kennedy, Chief Information Officer with DPD Ireland, said: “We are excited to see James join us as the Sustainability Programme Manager. Last year, we launched ElectriCity, Ireland’s first electric depot. We are continuing to invest in a zero emissions future and become a leader in eCommerce Sustainability.”

James Atkinson, Programme Manager, DPD Ireland

Chris Marsden, Group General Counsel,

Chris Marsden qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and holds a degree in Modern History and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Oxford.  He started his professional life practising at Hogan Lovells before joining Clifford Chance, where he spent many years working with financial institutions and private equity firms on M&A and corporate transactions in the financial services sector.

Prior to joining IQ-EQ, Mr Marsden was General Counsel, EMEA for Link Group, responsible for the management of the cross-border legal team, secretariat and insurance arrangements. During his six years with Link Group, he gained broad experience across various divisions and businesses, including Fund Solutions (operation of investment funds), Company Matters (governance and company secretarial), Banking and Credit Management (loan and mortgage servicing, compliance services), Corporate Markets (share registry and treasury), Orient Capital (investor relations) and Link Group’s former Corporate and Private Clients business.  He was also actively involved in M&A and other strategic projects.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Marsden said: “The ambition and ability demonstrated in IQ-EQ’s extraordinary growth story really appealed to me. The business displays its commitment to duality up front in its very name – IQ-EQ. It gives a clear identity for both clients and employees. This is vital to provide exceptional client service and rewarding careers for employees. I’m looking forward to working with new colleagues and being part of the next phase in the ongoing success of IQ-EQ.”

Mark Pesco, IQ-EQ’s Group Chief Executive Officer, added: “IQ-EQ is one of the world’s leading investor services groups and there has been no better time to join us as we continue to expand and enhance our services and presence worldwide. We have a number of key development goals and having Chris on board with his extensive experience and expertise can only be a good thing for our growing global business. I am delighted to welcome Chris on board and look forward to working with him and benefitting from his wealth of knowledge as we take the next steps on our IQ-EQ journey.”