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New appointments to PwC’s Public Interest Body

05 May, 2022

PwC is delighted to announce that Mark Ryan has been appointed Chair of PwC Ireland’s Public Interest Body (PIB). Mark has served as an independent non-executive member on the firm’s PIB since 2017. Mark succeeds Dr Martin McAleese, who was instrumental in evolving the role of the PIB during his tenure as Chair.

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In addition, Cathriona Hallahan and Julie Sinnamon were recently appointed independent non-executive members on PwC Ireland’s PIB, joining existing member and former President of the High Court, Nicholas Kearns.

Speaking at the announcements, Feargal O'Rourke, PwC Ireland’s Managing Partner, said: “As Chair, Mark brings his deep business knowledge and experience to the helm of our Public Interest Body in a world where building trust with a wide range of stakeholders and delivering sustainable outcomes are so important. On a personal note, I am very grateful to Martin McAleese for his guidance, support and challenge during his tenure as Chair. I know that Mark will continue to evolve the role of the PIB to ensure it remains relevant and impactful.

I am also delighted that Cathriona and Julie have joined Nicholas Kearns as independent non-executive members of the PIB. PwC is very fortunate to have such high-calibre individuals on the PIB, each bringing unrivalled expertise in their respective fields. As a firm, with a constant focus on standards, quality and risk management, we look forward to working with all of our PIB members into the future.”

Note to editors

About PwC Ireland’s Public Interest Body

PwC Ireland’s PIB was established in 2013 in accordance with the principles set out in the Irish Audit Firm Governance Code, issued by CARB in June 2012. The purpose of the PIB is to enhance stakeholder confidence in the public interest aspects of the Firm’s activities through the involvement of independent non-executives. The PIB comprises four independent non-executives (Mark Ryan, Cathriona Hallahan, Nicholas Kearns and Julie Sinnamon).

About Mark Ryan

Mark is a highly experienced board director and business leader, who has successfully operated at senior management level in Ireland and internationally.

Mark was Country Managing Director of Accenture in Ireland between 2005 and 2014. During his career with Accenture, he served in numerous management and executive roles in delivering major strategy, IT and business change programmes for Accenture’s clients locally and internationally. Mark spent extended periods with Accenture in both the UK and US.

Mark is a Science Graduate of Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Mark serves as non-executive director with DCC plc, Publicis Dublin and Econiq. He is Chair of the Kefron Group. He also sits on the NTMA’s Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) Committee. He was previously on the board of Wells Fargo Bank International (2014–2021) and Blueface/Star2Star Communications (USA) (2017–2021). Mark joined the PIB in August 2017 and became Chair in January 2022.

About Cathriona Hallahan

Cathriona Hallahan recently retired as Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland after 35 years with the company, where she was responsible for driving Microsoft’s commercial business on the island of Ireland. She represented the company in Ireland on all strategic policy, corporate affairs and communications issues, including overseeing many community, education and innovation programmes.

Cathriona sits on several boards, including the UCD Advisory Board, Trinity Business School Advisory Board, Dalata Hotel Group plc, Keelings, Beats Medical and FoodCloud. She is a qualified executive coach, member of the International Women’s Forum, the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Accounting Technicians (IATI), a fellow of ACCA, and a fellow of the IMI.

Cathriona joined the PIB in January 2022.

About Nicholas Kearns

Nicholas Kearns has held a number of senior positions in the Irish courts system. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in November 2004, having served six years as a judge of the High Court. In 2009, he was appointed President of the High Court and has presided over a number of high-profile cases. In addition, he chaired the Referendum Commission in the Irish referendum on citizenship and also served as an alternate judge to the European Court of Human Rights.

In 2016, he was appointed Chair of the Personal Injuries Commission, which addressed issues around compensation for certain injuries. He was appointed to the PIB in September 2016.

About Julie Sinnamon

Julie is the former CEO of Enterprise Ireland. Prior to her appointment to CEO in November 2013, Julie held a number of senior public sector positions, spanning a 30-year career in Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

Julie sits on the Investment Committee of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and is a member of the Irish Government’s Climate Change Advisory Council. She is Chair of European Movement Ireland and serves as non-executive director with Cairn plc, The Agricultural Trust, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and The Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. She has recently been appointed Co-Chair of Balance for Better Business, an independent group established by the Irish Government tasked with improving gender balance in senior leadership and boards in Ireland.

Julie joined the PIB in July 2021.


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