PwC Ireland appoints eleven new partners

11 June, 2019

PwC Ireland is delighted to announce the admission of eleven new partners to the firm.

The new partners are, left to right, Joe Conboy (Tax); Stephen Ruane (Tax); Kieran O’Dwyer (Advisory); Aoife Harrison (Tax); Peter Reilly (Tax); Susan Roche (Tax); Robert Byrne (Advisory); Ronan Somers (Advisory); Ger McDonough (Advisory); Fiona Gaskin (Assurance); Paul O'Connor (Advisory).

Speaking at the announcement, PwC Ireland Managing Partner Feargal O’Rourke said, "Our eleven new partner appointments reflect the firm's continued strong growth and commitment to bring exceptional value to our clients."

Eleven new partners appointed at PwC Ireland.

"Our relentless focus on the recruiting of new and exciting talent helps us think beyond convention, embrace technology and digitisation, and prepare for the future. Our newest partners bring further experience and insight to our organisation. They will help our clients not only achieve results today, but also anticipate tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges. We welcome them and their ability to see what’s coming next in these interesting times."


Notes to editors

Robert Byrne becomes a Partner in the firm’s Technology Consulting practice. Having previously worked in the banking industry, Robert has 20 years of experience in developing and delivering IT change programs. In particular, he specialises in advising and supporting clients in the area of technology-driven change. He has strong expertise in IT transformation, IT strategy, IT project delivery, automation and managed change. Robert works with clients across a range of industries including financial services, utilities, public sector, healthcare, retail, regulation and communications.

Joe Conboy becomes a Tax Partner in the firm's Aviation Finance practice. Joe has nearly 15 years of experience in advising on aircraft leasing and financing related matters. He specialises in the corporate taxation of aircraft and engine lessors and has significant experience in advising on domestic and international taxation matters, including the acquisition, establishment and management of Irish-based aircraft leasing platforms and the taxation of capital markets transactions. Joe's clients include some of the world's largest and most established aircraft leasing companies as well as a number of latest market entrants from both the US and Asia. Joe is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute.

Fiona Gaskin becomes a Partner in the firm's Risk Assurance practice. She has nearly 20 years experience in Ireland and Bermuda working with clients to provide transparent reporting to relevant stakeholders on a variety of topics. Fiona’s particular areas of expertise include risk management, internal controls and non-financial reporting. Fiona leads PwC’s services on independent control reports. She is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor as well as a Certified Internal Auditor.

Aoife Harrison becomes a Tax Partner in the firm's Transfer Pricing practice, providing transfer pricing advice and services to Irish and international clients primarily across the financial services sector, including asset and wealth management, aviation leasing, banking, insurance, real estate and treasury activities. She has nearly 13 years of experience having worked in transfer pricing in Ireland and New York managing large and complex global transfer pricing projects. Aoife has also been involved in the development of various tools and leverages analytical technologies to assist clients to better gain insights from their data. Aoife is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute.

Ger McDonough becomes a Partner in the firm’s Advisory practice where he leads our People and Organisation Consulting team.  With nearly 20 years of experience in consulting, Ger works with Irish and international clients helping solve their people and talent related challenges, leveraging people analytics and preparing for the workforce of the future. He helps clients implement organisational transformation, improve workforce performance, develop and reward talent, enhance culture as well as manage human capital risks. Ger is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors in Ireland.

Paul O'Connor becomes a Partner in the firm's Deals Advisory practice. He has nearly 20 years of experience in PwC Dublin and Boston, advising clients on buy-side and sell-side due diligence, sale and purchase agreement negotiations and other acquisition related advice. He has extensive experience working with both domestic and international clients across a broad range of industry sectors including pharmaceutical, energy, healthcare and financial services.  Paul is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Kieran O'Dwyer becomes a Partner in the firm's Financial Services Consulting practice. Kieran has over 15 years of experience working with Irish and international banks, international funds and asset and loan servicing firms. He has supported a number of banks in implementing strategies for managing non-performing exposures as well as advising extensively on the set up of loan servicing operations. In recent years, he has focused on helping financial services organisations use data and technology to drive efficiencies to make their operations fit for the future. Kieran is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Peter Reilly becomes a Tax Partner in the firm's Domestic and International Outbound practice. Peter has over 15 years of experience in international tax structuring and works with many of Ireland's large plcs and private companies. He works with his clients on all aspects of their business from M&As to financing as well as management incentive plans and internal reorganisations. He has spent time on secondment with the Irish Department of Finance and PwC New York. Peter is PwC Ireland's Tax Policy Leader advising clients across all industry sectors on the potential impact of national and international tax policy changes on their businesses. Peter is member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute.

Susan Roche becomes a Tax partner in the firm’s Foreign Direct Investment practice. With nearly 15 years of experience, including time spent on secondment in PwC New York, Susan focuses on advising US multinational companies predominantly in the technology and pharmaceutical life science sectors. Her experience includes advising companies on establishing operations in Ireland, expanding their international footprint, and on cross-border transactions and M&A. She will leverage PwC’s latest technology offerings to help companies navigate the ever-changing international tax environment. Susan is an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute.

Stephen Ruane becomes a Tax Partner in the firm’s Domestic and International Outbound practice. He has almost 20 years of experience providing tax consulting services to a broad range of listed plcs and large multinational clients and has particular expertise in oil and gas. Stephen leads PwC's Tax Solutions Centre for the Irish tax practice, developing solutions on complex tax issues for a range of clients. He has extensive experience in the areas of financing, foreign exchange management, group restructurings and Revenue interactions on behalf of clients. As Partner, Stephen will also explore technological capabilities in the areas of financing and foreign exchange management. Stephen is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute.

Ronan Somers becomes a Partner in the firm’s Deals Advisory practice. He has nearly 20 years of experience providing financial consultancy services to a variety of Irish and multinational clients. Ronan's primary area of focus is on supporting clients in their business acquisition and disposal activities, providing due diligence advice, including identification and evaluation of key business drivers. He has extensive domestic and international experience in the Deals market, servicing a wide range of plc, private companies and private equity clients. Ronan is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

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