On the move: appointments update 14.12.17

Appointments | Thu 14 Dec | Author – Business & Finance
Gary Hopwood, Managing Director, Ricoh Ireland

In association with Next Generation, Business & Finance highlights notable new appointments at Ricoh Ireland, PM Group, Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI), Network Ireland Cork and 4site.

Gary Hopwood

Gary Hopwood, Managing Director
Ricoh Ireland

Ricoh Ireland announces the appointment of Gary Hopwood as its Managing Director.

Gary has been promoted to this role following his successful four year tenure as General Manager. He has 35 years of experience working in senior positions and leadership roles.

Gary first joined Ricoh Ireland in 1996 as National Service Manager. Seven years later he moved to Ricoh UK where he led the Field Service Division from 2003 to 2008 before becoming Regional Operations Manager for Ricoh UK’s outsourcing division. He returned to Ricoh Ireland in 2013.

CEO of Ricoh UK and Ireland Phil Keoghan said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Hopwood as Managing Director at Ricoh Ireland. In all of his roles at Ricoh, Gary has excelled in delivering business success, innovation and the development of an inclusive people-centric culture. I have no doubt that his experience and leadership skills will ensure that our Irish business continues to grow and prosper.”

Michael McNicholas

Michael McNicholas, Non-Executive Director
PM Group

Michael McNicholas has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Project Management Holdings (PM Group), the Irish-headquartered international project delivery specialists.

Michael has over 35 years of experience in senior leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. He is a former CEO of Ervia, NTR plc and Managing Director of ESB International.

Michael is a Civil Engineering graduate from NUIG and holds an Honorary Fellowship from Engineers Ireland. He has also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard, holds an IT qualification from Trinity College Dublin and is a recipient of the Alumni Award in Business and Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Michael is a member of the board of the Irish Management Institute (IMI) and is the Chair of the IMI Council.

Dan Flinter, PM Group Chairman, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Michael to the PM Group board. Michael is a very high-calibre addition to our board, bringing deep sectoral knowledge and expertise which I am confident will be invaluable in supporting the Group’s future development, especially in international markets.”

John Newman (left) and Dara Lynott (right)

Dara Lynott, CEO
Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI)

Dara Lynott has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Association of Ireland, which he will assume on January 1 2018 for three years.

Dara has joined the EAI after spending 13 years as an Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Before this he worked in the private sector for eight years as an environmental consultant in Boston, USA.

The Chair of the Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI), John Newman, commented on Dara’s appointment said: “After a thorough and highly-competitive selection process, the Board is delighted to have chosen Dara to lead the Association into the next phase of its development. Dara’s impressive accomplishments in his career to-date, complemented by knowledge and experience of the industry, will prove a formidable combination when focused on providing solutions to the energy and climate challenges ahead. Dara will provide a strong and respected voice for the all-island electricity sector as it transitions to a carbon neutral system whilst maintaining energy security, a competitive economy and a safe environment for all.”

Dara said of his appointment: “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join EAI as CEO and look forward to addressing the major challenges facing the sector and ensuring the continued success of the Association. My aim is to build on the optimism and expertise of EAI members so that, through competitive, well-regulated and efficient markets, both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland can address the energy transition and climate change cost effectively and in a way that offers significant societal benefits.”

Karen Fleming

Karen Fleming, President
Gillian Hennessy, Vice-President
Megan Pardy, PRO
Adrianna Hegarty, Membership Officer
Michelle Collins, Membership Officer
Josie O’Kelly, Events Co-ordinator
Elaine Wilson, New Members Officer
Network Ireland Cork

Network Ireland Cork has appointed Karen Fleming as President. She succeeds out-going President, Ciara Wilson, in the one-year voluntary role.

Karen has served on the Board of Network Cork for over three years having previously managed the branch’s annual Business Awards. She also serves as Sales Director at Hayfield Family Collection; the council of the Sales Institute of Ireland, Munster branch and the Cork Simon Annual Fundraising Ball Committee.

Karen said of her appointment: “I am delighted to be elected President of Network Ireland Cork Branch. It is a great honour and I am looking forward to some fantastic events in store for 2018 with the help of the dedicated Network Cork committee and the support of our members. Thank you to Ciara for her hard work and strong leadership over the past year. We are proud to say that Network Cork is the largest branch of Network Ireland and we hope to increase engagement and our numbers this coming year.

“We aim to provide our valued members with events that will be useful in helping them to achieve their business and personal development goals in 2018. With this in mind, our members can expect some inspiring events including workshops on productivity and time management, and preparing for GDPR in the first quarter, as well as our annual Business Awards in May of 2018.”

New Principal Officers also appointed at the AGM include Gillian Hennessy as Vice President, Megan Pardy as PRO, Adrianna Hegarty & Michelle Collins as Membership Officers and Josie O’Kelly as Events Co-Ordinator. Also newly appointed this year is Elaine Wilson, as New Members Officer.

Bartosz Nahajowjski

Bartosz Nahajowski, Fibre Programme Director

4site has appointed Bartosz Nahajowski as Fibre Programme Director.

Bartosz joined 4site 12 years ago. Prior to moving to Ireland to join 4site, Bartosz worked as a mechanical engineer designer for the Polish Navy for four years.

4site was established in 2002 and works with infrastructure owners and operators of distributed networks to design, deploy, maintain and operate utilities infrastructure across Ireland and Britain.

Bartosz holds a mechanical engineering degree and has worked in the utility sector over the last 15 years.