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Changes to Chamber Board

The 48th Annual General Meeting on Friday 2nd July 2010 saw a number of changes to the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce as a some members came to the end of their terms or retired and new members were co-opted.

Speaking on the board changes, Chief Executive, Joanne Richardson said "The success of the American Chamber is dependent on a strong and engaged Board of Directors. We recognise the tremendous contribution of our outgoing board members and thank them most sincerely for the time and effort they afforded the chamber."

Past President of the Chamber Paul Rellis leaves the board after 5 years involvement. Paul served as president in 2008 and drove a very focused business agenda on the tax, talent and competitive issues that will sustain Ireland as an attractive location for inward investment.

Pat Wall of PricewaterhouseCoopers also retires from the Board having undertaken three very successful years at the helm of the Chamber Tax Group which saw a number of welcome policy developments, notably the increase in the R&D tax credit from 20% to 25%. His successor both as Chair of the Taxation Working Group and on the Board, will be Anna Scally, Partner at KPMG, a member of the Innovation Taskforce, who has been heavily involved with the Tax and R&D working groups for a number of years.

John McAteer of Abbott has been appointed to the position of Divisional Vice President, Human Resources, Established Products., a role based in Switzerland, and leaves the board after 3 years. As HR Working Group Chair, John has been at the core of the chambers Talent Agenda which included the establishment of the very successful Innovation in People Practices programme and at the forefront of our interventions with government on social legislation and partnership.

Mike O'Hara of Boston Scientific, who was a very successful chair of the Southern Region for three years from 2004; Michael Daly of IBM; and Fergal Broder, LotusWorks are also retiring from the Board. Fergal has been heading up the North Western region for the last number of years with Henry McGarvey, Managing Director of Pramerica Systems, who has served as vice chair for the last two years now replacing Fergal both on the Board and as Chair of the region.

The chamber has been immensely fortunate that the service given by our entire Board has been so consistently dedicated by all. We would like to wish all of those who are retiring from the Board the most sincere best wishes for the future.

The incoming members of the American Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are Cathríona Hallahan of Microsoft Ireland; Tom Mangan, Multiplant Vice President Operations at Boston Scientific; Séan McEwen, Site Director at Abbott Ireland; Peter O'Neill Managing Director of IBM Ireland; Henry McGarvey, Managing Director of Pramerica Systems; and Anna Scally, Partner KPMG.