New and notable appointments at Intel, Allianz Ireland, WebDoctor, Fuzion Communications, Starcircle, Bank of Ireland Group, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, InterTradeIreland (ITI), DropChef, W5, and Avanade 

By Business & Finance
18 November 2021

Pictured: Chanelle Pharma Executive Team – Left to Right – Kara Walsh (CPO) -Founder and CEO Michael Burke-Aubrey Mulveen (CFO)

This week sees new and notable appointments at Intel, Allianz Ireland, WebDoctor, Fuzion Communications, Starcircle, Bank of Ireland Group, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, InterTradeIreland (ITI), DropChef, W5, and Avanade.

Intel has appointed Irishwoman Dr Ann Kelleher as executive vice president, the first time an Irish person has held the role.

The announcement was made by Intel chief executive Pat Gelsinger. “Thrilled to share that Dr. Ann Kelleher is now @Intel executive vice president. So well-deserved with her many contributions including the turnaround of our Tech Dev organisation this past year,” Mr Gelsinger posted on Twitter.

Dr Kelleher joined Intel in 1996 as a process engineer. She is currently general manager of Technology Development at Intel Corporation, responsible for the research, development and deployment of next-generation silicon logic, packaging and test technologies.

Prior to that, Dr Kelleher was general manager of manufacturing and operations, and served as co-general manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group.

Originally from Macroom in Co Cork, she received a bachelor’s degree in 1987 and a Master’s degree in 1989 in electrical engineering from University College Cork.

In 1993, she received a PhD from the National Microelectronics Research Centre, now now part of the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork, becoming the first woman to do so.

Mark Brennan, Head of Marketing,
Allianz Ireland

Pictured: Mark Brennan, Head of Marketing, Allianz Ireland

Allianz Ireland has announced the appointment of Mark Brennan as its Head of Marketing. Mark’s new role will see him be responsible for all Allianz’s business to consumer and business to business marketing activity, ranging from proposition development, customer experience, digital platforms, brand & digital marketing as well as Allianz’s sponsorship programme portfolio. 

Prior to joining Allianz Ireland, Mark was head of marketing for Allied Irish Bank (AIB). In that role he headed up critical marketing programmes for the AIB Group’s mortgage portfolio within this role. Mark also was head of the EBS Mortgage brand where he redeveloped its online platform and new brand positioning for the brand. Prior to managing the mortgage portfolio Mark worked across the groups business and personal credit lines as well as being AIB’s head of Digital Marketing and Innovation. 

Prior to joining AIB in 2013, Mark had an extensive advertising agency background, having worked in London for ten years on global briefs for Hertz, L’Oréal, Volkswagen and Guinness with leading agencies like DBB and Adam&Eve. Mark has a M.SC in Advertising from Technological University Dublin and a BA in Economics and Politics from University College Dublin.  

Sean McGrath, Chief Executive Officer at Allianz Ireland said, “We are excited to have Mark join us here at Allianz. He has a stellar record of customer centric innovation across a wide variety of sectors. He has transformed marketing at AIB through customer focused initiatives. We look forward to working with Mark to further deliver upon our ambitious programmes for our commercial and retail brokers and customers.” 

Commenting on his appointment, Mark Brennan said, “I am excited to be joining Allianz at such an interesting time. Allianz has an incredible marketing track record across its sponsorship, from the Allianz Leagues to the Paralympics to its We Cover Courage campaigns. I look forward to building on this success with the Allianz team and bringing new innovations to our customers and partners.” 

David Crimmins, CEO,

Pictured: David Crimmins, CEO, WebDoctor

WebDoctor, a leading health technology business and telehealth platform, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Crimmins as CEO effective immediately. In his new role, David will have overall responsibility for the management of the company and he will oversee the international expansion of WebDoctor, building on its strong growth in Ireland to date.

Prior to assuming the role of CEO, David served as WebDoctor’s Chief Commercial Officer. He has also held a number of senior roles internationally and domestically in the medical and technology fields.

Prior to joining WebDoctor, David served for three years in a senior role with medical device company ResMed, with responsibility for the company’s strategy in the EMEA and Japanese markets. He also served as Commercial Director for health insurance provider GloHealth for five years.

David Crimmins, CEO of WebDoctor said, “I am delighted to take on the role of CEO of WebDoctor. Following our rapid growth in the Irish market, where we have positioned the company as a leading provider of telehealth services, we believe that there are substantial opportunities to expand into international markets. I am extremely proud of the team we have brought together at WebDoctor, and I look forward to building upon our success to date, while at all times maintaining and improving upon the excellent standard of care and quality of service that our patients are accustomed to.”

The appointment of David Crimmins coincides with the recent investment of €3 million in the business from private equity investor VentureWave Capital. The investment valued WebDoctor at €48 million and will be used to accelerate WebDoctor’s international growth and expansion.

David holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a Higher Diploma in Marketing Practice from UCD Graduate School of Business.

Sarah Murphy, Senior Account Manager,
Fuzion Communications

Pictured: Sarah Murphy, Senior Account Manager, Fuzion Communications

Fuzion Communications has announced the appointment of Sarah Murphy to the role of Senior Account Manager in Dublin.

Sarah is an accomplished, energetic, innovative and creative, senior professional with more than ten years in the Arts, Film, Entertainment, and Event industries. She is talented in providing creative, innovative, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking leadership in a team environment. Sarah has the ability to manage commercial and marketing budgets and a track record of delivering operational excellence in both start-up and established environments.

Having spent six years with Kate Bowe PR, Sarah worked on large-scale publicity campaigns in Ireland for The Hunger Games and Twilight series franchise, as well as Matthew McConaughey’s acclaimed film Dallas Buyers Club and Saoirse Ronan’s Brooklyn to name but a few. Following her time in Kate Bowe, PR Sarah moved to IMAGE Media where she acted as event and project manager from small events to large scale award ceremonies such as the IMAGE Business Woman of the Year Awards. Before joining Fuzion Communications, Sarah spent the last two years freelancing working with established businesses such as florist Joeanna Caffrey Flowers, and business start-ups such as Sing At Work and artisan candle range Vipasa.

Sarah, who holds a music degree from University College Dublin and a Diploma in PR with Fitzwilliam Institute, is delighted to join the team at Fuzion Communications “Having worked as a freelance consultant for some time, It’s exciting to be part of an in house team in an agency, working in a sharp and fast-paced environment to deliver a wide range of services to diverse clients across so many different sectors. Now more than ever, the role of communications is so important to business success and it is exciting to be at the pulse of it. It keeps you on your toes making it all the more valid, challenging, and rewarding.”

Sarah’s clients in Fuzion include Tipperary Food Producers, The Laughter Lounge, and the RDI Hub.

Ciara Byrne, Chief Revenue Officer, 

Starcircle, a Cork-based global strategic talent sourcing firm that helps companies source and recruit hidden talent, has appointed its Chief Revenue Officer.

Starcircle’s clients include high profile multinationals such as Facebook, Amazon, Dropbox, Cisco, Doordash, Epic Games and Sonos. As Chief Revenue Officer, Ciara Byrne will be responsible for creating and monitoring strategies that will strengthen its positioning and global business growth further.

Speaking on her appointment, Ciara Byrne said, “This is a very exciting role as Starcircle is a category creator in its field that challenges some of the world’s top companies to rethink their talent sourcing methods. I look forward to reinforcing and further growing Starcircle’s positioning as a global leader in the talent sourcing industry.”

James Galvin, CEO of Starcircle welcomed Ciara to the team. “We have no doubt that the passion, drive and expertise that Ciara brings will further strengthen Starcircle’s positioning and further business growth.”

In her previous role, Ciara was Managing Director at Beacon AL. Prior to that, Ciara held the role of International Director of Operations for Airbnb, within Voxpro, where she ensured operations delivered exceptional customer service to drive over €50 million worth in revenue.

Ciara holds a B.A. in Applied Languages from the University of Ulster, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in International Marketing Management from the College of Marketing and Design in Dublin.

Ciara is an advocate for women in technology and was President of Network Ireland West Cork in 2019.

Eamonn Hughes, Chief Sustainability & Investor Relations Officer,
Bank of Ireland Group

Eamonn Hughes has been appointed Chief Sustainability & Investor Relations Officer at Bank of Ireland Group.

Eamonn is a senior finance professional and market analyst with over 25 years’ capital markets and domestic banking experience. He joins Bank of Ireland from Goodbody Stockbrokers, where he held the role of Irish Banks and Insurance Sector Analyst since 2004. Eamonn also previously served as Head of the European Banks Team in ABN AMRO. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Banking & Finance and a CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

Commenting on his appointment, Francesca McDonagh, Group CEO, Bank of Ireland said, “I’m delighted to welcome Eamonn as Chief Sustainability & Investor Relations Officer. For Bank of Ireland, sustainability, including the provision of sustainable finance, is integral to our strategy, underpinning our support for communities, customers and investors. Climate change is an existential threat to our world, and we believe that banking, and Bank of Ireland, has a major role to play in this battle. 

“Last week we welcomed the publication of the Climate Action Plan for Ireland, an ambitious strategy which requires equally ambitious partners. Our Responsible & Sustainable Business Strategy supports this national effort and assists customers and communities on their transition to a net zero economy.

“Ambition and plans are important, but investing in the talent, experience and vision to deliver is crucial to its success. Eamonn will guide and implement our sustainability strategy, while also playing a critical role in managing our global capital markets reputation leading our investor relations activity. Given his strong experience, reputation and track record, I am confident that Eamonn can ensure that Bank of Ireland delivers on our ambitions across these important areas.”

Bank of Ireland’s Responsible & Sustainable Business Strategy 2021 – 2024, “Investing in Tomorrow”, has set science-based targets to align its lending portfolios with the Paris agreement and is embedding climate change into lending and investment decisions. Earlier this year, the Bank announced a €3 billion increase in its Sustainable Finance Fund to bring it to €5 billion by 2024. The fund covers Bank of Ireland’s suite of green loans designed to incentivise home owners and businesses to be more energy efficient. In the 9 months to end-September 2021 the Bank’s green mortgage lending in Ireland increased nearly 30% vs the same period in 2020. The Bank also recently announced improvements to its green mortgage range.

Michael Murphy, Sergio Oliva, Audit and Accounts,
Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Michael Murphy, Joanne Small, Sergio Oliva, Audit and Accounts, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Belfast accountancy and advisory firm Baker Tilly Mooney Moore has welcomed two new graduates to its 50 strong team, while recruitment for the 2022 Graduate Training Programme gets underway.

A recognised ACCA Platinum Employer, the firm specialises in Audit & Assurance, Consulting, Taxation and Restructuring & Insolvency.

With the 2022 programme now open for applications, the company has welcomed recent graduates Micheal Murphy and Sergio Oliva to complete the three-and-a-half-year scheme.

Sergio, who joins the team following his degree in Accounting with Spanish from Queen’s University Belfast, joined to work in Audit and Accounts and is also gaining experience within the Tax Department.

Micheal, who currently works in Audit and Accounts, also joined following his accounting degree at Queen’s University Belfast and says the opportunity to work in a high-paced environment and get involved in a range of areas of accounting is what attracted him to the firm.

With a full induction programme and dedicated approach to the continual professional development of graduates, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore supports each individual to sit the professional Accountancy exams with either the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).

The firm is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, which provides opportunities for secondment to 148 territories upon completion of the Graduate Training Programme.

Joanne Small, Audit & Assurance Partner at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore said, “We are thrilled to have welcomed Micheal and Sergio as we continue our focus on graduate recruitment and training at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore. Since joining us in September, they have each demonstrated significant capabilities in Audit and Accounts and bring a new level of energy and enthusiasm to the team. We are delighted to have them both on board and wish them every success in their qualifying years with us.”

“In light of a significantly busy period for the full practice, we have also launched a new recruitment phase for our Graduate Training Programme, to begin in 2022. We know that investing in graduates and their development will be key to meeting this surge in demand and have no doubt the next generation of graduates will leave university well equipped to join our busy firm.”

Sergio Oliva, new graduate trainee at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore said, “The Graduate Training Programme with Baker Tilly Mooney Moore was an ideal opportunity following my accounting degree at Queen’s. After joining the Audit and Accounts team in September, I have already been given the chance to work in the Tax Department for a short period, which has given me an insight into another area of the accountancy and advisory world. Baker Tilly Mooney Moore offers the perfect balance of a medium-sized firm with endless opportunities, but still with the personal nature of a smaller practice. After an isolated few years for all recent graduates, I have been enjoying the social aspect of the firm and have already been taking part in the company five-a-side football games.”

Micheal Murphy, new graduate trainee at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore said, “I am delighted to have joined the team at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore after completing my final years of study in the midst of an uncertain recruitment environment. So far, I have been trusted to work with a range of clients, both small and large, across various different sectors which has been useful in my ongoing studies with Chartered Accountancy Ireland. I was pleased to take on the challenge of the marathon relay team with my colleagues in October and look forward to what other social opportunities the role will bring. To anyone considering their next steps after university, I would advise them to seriously consider joining us here at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore.”

To find out more about the programme, which closes for applications for Audit & Accounting, Tax and Consulting positions on Friday 26 November, visit the Baker Tilly Mooney Moore website or email

Margaret Hearty, CEO,
InterTradeIreland (ITI)

Pictured: Margaret Hearty, CEO, InterTradeIreland (ITI)

InterTradeIreland are delighted to announce that Margaret Hearty has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

In her role as CEO, the County Armagh native has overall responsibility for leading the organisation’s strategy and services.

Ken Nelson MBE, Chairman of InterTradeIreland, said, “We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Margaret on her appointment as CEO. Margaret is an outstanding candidate. She has worked within InterTradeIreland since its inception – carrying out a number of key senior roles within the trade body.”

“Margaret has unrivalled knowledge of the sector and a proven track record of working successfully with businesses. These qualities, coupled with her strategic expertise, innovative vision for the body and first-class leadership skills, saw her clinch what is a demanding and exciting role.”

Commenting on her role Margaret added, “It is a great honour to be appointed CEO of InterTradeIreland. InterTradeIreland is a unique organisation with a strong track record that delivers for business. During my tenure, I hope to provide fresh strategic direction to the body, as I work closely with staff, Board, sponsor departments and partners to drive economic growth.”

“SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy and InterTradeIreland has a key role to play in helping businesses as they navigate these uncertain times. The organisation has a wide remit; from helping SMEs to identify and source new business opportunities in the cross-border market and guiding them through the new trading requirements, to assisting firms to collaborate with cross-border partners to innovate and become more competitive and increase their chance of investment.”

“InterTradeIreland also creates and supports cross-border strategic partnerships to boost economic growth and co-operation, including projects like the Belfast/Dublin Fintech Corridor.”

To date over 48,000 small businesses have been supported by InterTradeIreland to identify and develop trade and innovation opportunities. The organisation has created over 18,000 new jobs and generated more than €1.3bn in business development value, with cross-border trade currently sitting at €8.4bn, its highest level in 20 years.

Gary Scott, Head of Corporate Wellness,

DropChef, has announced a further expansion of the business with a new corporate wellness offering, following a period of sustained growth by the company’s direct to consumer service. Founded in 2015, DropChef is an Irish food-tech business that delivers tailored healthy meal kits with measured, locally sourced ingredients to homes throughout Ireland.

DropChef’s technology cuts food and packaging waste, while driving the adoption of healthier meal options and hence overall wellbeing. As part of the expansion Gary Scott has been appointed as the new Head of Corporate Wellness. Gary joined the company to lead the new service and brings a wealth of experience in the area following his previous roles in physical therapy and workplace ergonomics. Working closely with DropChef’s new full-time dietician, he assists new clients in fostering a healthier and high-performance workplace.

Ryan Scott, CEO of DropChef said, “Over the last year we have worked with some of Ireland’s leading employers in directly identifying how they can do more to retain and reward their talent. From these conversations, we got a better sense of the challenges involved with remote and hybrid working arrangements. In response, we have created a suite of employee wellness solutions to meet their needs.”

DropChef’s corporate offering includes regular subsidised healthy meals, live online cookery demonstrations and team building events. In the lead up to the Christmas period, employers can also avail of Irish artisan Christmas hampers, out of the box virtual team events and Christmas dinner kits for their employees.

Gary Scott, Head of Corporate Wellness at DropChef said, “In recent years, there has been a real effort made by employers in Ireland to create a culture that cares about the health and wellbeing of employees. The past eighteen months has been extremely disruptive and stressful for employees, and as we face into a winter of uncertainty with regard to Christmas parties for businesses this year, employers are now looking for alternatives to ensure that staff feel valued and engaged, even if they can’t come together in person. Our new suite will provide more options and enable companies to move away from the standard gift of alcohol or fast-food vouchers.”

In late 2020, a €2 million investment was announced in DropChef by VentureWave Capital’s Impact Ireland Fund.  The investment is driving the expansion of this disruptive food-tech platform, driving scale, innovation and new market entry.

DropChef currently works with a variety of clients and teams including Google, Accenture and Blueface.

Tim Farmer, Managing Director, 

Pictured: Tim Farmer, Managing Director (r) Roddy Rowan, Chairman, W5,

W5 has appointed Tim Farmer as Managing Director.

Tim is passionate about customer experience, data and analytics, and has over twenty years’ experience in quantitative research leadership roles in Ireland and the UK with Ipsos and Nielsen and more recently as an EMEA product leader with Qualtrics, the global customer experience marketing technology firm. “I am delighted to join the team at W5 and look forward to working with our clients to build great customer and employee experiences.  Bringing the voice of the customer into the heart of the business is central to success in the age in which we live.  W5 is recognised as being a leader in enabling organisations to do this and I look forward to building our team and driving the business forward over the years ahead”.

Commenting on the appointment Roddy Rowan, Chairman, said, ‘We are delighted to have a person with the depth and breadth of experience of Tim join W5 to lead its growth and development.  He has a unique combination of traditional market research, data and marketing technology skills as well as strong commercial capabilities which will be invaluable to the business as W5 builds its customer experience advisory base in Ireland and internationally.”

Aubrey Mulveen, Kara Walsh,  Chief Financial Officer, Chief People Officer, respectively,
Chanelle Pharma

Pictured: Chanelle Pharma Executive Team – Left to Right – Kara Walsh (CPO) -Founder and CEO Michael Burke-Aubrey Mulveen (CFO)

Chanelle Pharma is pleased to announce the appointment of Aubrey Mulveen to the new position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Aubrey joins from C&D Foods, a division of ABP Group, one of Ireland’s largest family run businesses, where he has been CFO for the last six years. Aubrey brings extensive experience in leading strategic, operational and financial programmes to provide the platform to support significant global expansion. Prior to joining C&D, Aubrey was an audit director at KPMG, Galway.

Chanelle Pharma is also pleased to announce the appointment of Kara Walsh to the new position of Chief People Officer.

Kara joins us from Aptiv Global Operations, a 14-billion-dollar technology company where she has been Vice President of HR for the past 2 years, responsible for over 50,000 employees across the EMEA. Kara has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and has held various strategic and operational roles for global technology companies, including Infovista, UNIT 4 Software, SAP and Thermo King.

Commenting on both appointments, Michael Burke, CEO, said, “We are delighted to welcome Kara  and Aubrey to Chanelle Pharma. This is a significant strengthening of our management team and I look forward to working with Kara and Aubrey to further develop and drive our financial and people strategy in support of our growth ambitions.”

Kara Walsh said, “I am delighted to join Chanelle Pharma at an exciting time in the company’s growth and to working with the management team to build Chanelle Pharma’s reputation as a great place to work with enhanced benefits for our employees”.

Aubrey Mulveen said, “I am delighted to join Chanelle Pharma, which is on a strong growth journey, with ambitious plans for expansion in Ireland and abroad. I look forward to contributing to the company’s future success”.

Adam Kelly, Country Manager,
Avanade Ireland

Pictured: Adam Kelly, Country Manager, Avanade Ireland

Avanade, digital innovator on the Microsoft ecosystem, has appointed Adam Kelly as Avanade Ireland Country Manager. Kelly will be responsible for driving transformational growth for Avanade in Ireland, building on its recent recognition as Microsoft’s Ireland Country Partner of the Year 2021. 

Kelly joins Avanade, an Accenture and Microsoft joint venture, after more than 20 years at Accenture, where he worked in both Ireland and the UK in Technology and Financial Services. Most recently, he led a large delivery team with a major financial services organisation. Before that, he led Accenture’s Diversification portfolio within Financial Services. Kelly is already very familiar with Avanade having worked alongside the organisation in his previous roles.

“I feel privileged to be joining the Avanade family and to be tasked with building on the success already achieved in Ireland. I’m excited to start working with such a talented team and to be part of this vibrant organisation,” commented Kelly. “There is huge potential to further strengthen Avanade’s footprint in Ireland as businesses in all sectors are looking to become more agile and resilient in the wake of the COVID-19 disruption, particularly around data and AI, security and creating a modern workplace.” 

Kelly will report to Andy Gillett, General Manager of Avanade UKI, who said, “Our Ireland business continues to go from strength to strength thanks to the fantastic Avanade team and leadership we have there. I am truly excited to welcome Adam and look forward to working with him as he leads our Irish business through its next growth phase.”

Kelly succeeds Graham Healy who is taking up a new role within Accenture’s business in Ireland.