On the move: appointments update 07.12.17

Appointments | Thu 7 Dec | Author – Business & Finance
Sean Defoe, Group Political Correspondent, Communicorp

In association with Next Generation, Business & Finance highlights notable new appointments at Communicorp, Datalex, Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI) and John Sisk & Son.

Sean Defoe

Sean Defoe, Group Political Correspondent

Communicorp has announced the appointment of Sean Defoe as Group Political Correspondent.

Sean has been with Communicorp for the past two years, during which time he has served in reporter and newsreader roles and most recently as Senior Reporter with Newstalk and Today FM. Prior to joining Communicorp, Sean spent two years working for Waterford’s Beat 102-103.

Sinéad Spain, Group Head of News at Communicorp, said: “We are delighted to announce this new role and promotion for Sean, which will see him deliver the political news of the day, not only to Newstalk, Today FM, 98FM and Spin 103.8, but also to the 30 stations throughout the wider network that we serve. Sean has extensive experience across both regional and national radio and has a strong understanding of the style and content that resonates with our audiences across the group.”

Alison Bell

Alison Bell, Senior Vice-President Global Sales

Datalex has announced the appointment of Alison Bell as Senior Vice-President Global Sales. Alison’s experience lies in commercial expertise in airline and hotel digital commerce and distribution strategies.

Alison joined Datalex in November 2016 as Vice President Strategic Sales and has held senior management roles at managing director and VP level spanning all travel retail sectors – airline, hospitality and online travel. She was previously at Mobile Travel Technologies (now Travelport Digital) and she has led global revenue-generating teams at Travelport and at hospitality technology provider Travelclick.

Aidan Brogan, CEO of Datalex, said: “Our market opportunity continues to grow as more travel retailers undertake the transformation of commerce systems necessary to prosper in the digital economy. I am delighted to appoint Alison to the role of SVP Global Sales at this exciting time for our business growth. Alison and her team will focus on expanding our customer base around the world and on extending product and market reach through strategic industry partnerships.”

Jackie Glynn and Pat Lucey

Pat Lucey, President
Jackie Glynn, Vice-President
Clive Carroll, Membership Officer
Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI)

Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI) has appointed Pat Lucey as President.

Pat succeeds outgoing Ireland Chapter of PMI President, Niall Murphy, in the two-year voluntary role.

New Principal Officers also appointed at the AGM include Jackie Glynn as Vice President and Clive Carroll as Membership Officer.

Pat has been on the Board of the Chapter since 2011, with responsibility for membership and sponsorship. CEO of consulting and enterprise IT services company, Aspira, Pat has more than 20 years’ experience in managing large-scale enterprise projects.

Speaking about his new role, Pat said: “I am honoured to be elected President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI. Thank you to Niall [Murphy, outgoing President,] for his commitment and dedication to the Chapter over recent years. He has built a strong foundation that has seen our membership grow by 26% in the past 12 months. I now hope to build upon his legacy.

“We are also lucky to have a group of committed volunteers, without whom the Chapter would simply not exist. I look forward to working with them, and our new Board, to further strengthen project management within Ireland.

“There is no doubt that the role of project management will inevitably become more valuable in the coming years, ensuring the effective management and delivery of new projects coming into Ireland as a result of Brexit. The Chapter knows the importance of supporting these professionals in the times ahead. We are always focused on development opportunities and industry insight.”

Donal McCarthy

Donal McCarthy, Managing Director Ireland East
John Sisk & Son

John Sisk & Son Ltd (Sisk) has announced the appointment of Donal McCarthy as Managing Director Ireland East effective from January 1 2018, replacing Paul Hackett.

Donal has been a Regional Director with Sisk since 2014 and has held numerous positions since rejoining the company in 2002 following an eight-year period working in the construction industry in New York. Prior to that he worked as a graduate engineer with Sisk, having joined the company in 1990.

Donal said of his appointment: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Managing Director Ireland East and to the main Sisk Construction board. As an innovative and forward-thinking engineering and construction company with a very strong reputation both nationally and internationally, I look forward to my new role and strengthening our long tradition of delivering value for our clients. I would also like to pay tribute to Paul Hackett and thank him for his leadership and support in recent years.”