Monday, September 24 11:37:57
Thomas Hunter McGowan has been appointed to succeed Liam Nellis as Chief Executive of InterTradeIreland by the North South Ministerial Council.
Reporting to the chairman and Board of InterTradeIreland, Mr Hunter McGowan will lead the executive team and continue to develop the strategy for the body which supports SMEs across the island to identify North/South trade and innovation opportunities.
He graduated from University College Dublin in 1982 with a degree in Commerce and completed his Master of Commerce at University College Cork in 2002. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, his previous role was as Director of Finance at Kildare County Council.
He was a key member of the Local Government Efficiency Review Group which published its report in 2010. Prior to that he successfully ran Swansea Cork Ferries Ltd for 18 years as Managing Director. He was a board member of the Cork Chamber of Commerce and served for two terms on the board of Chambers Ireland.
"I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chief Executive of InterTradeIreland and am looking forward to the challenges that the role will present during these difficult economic times. I would like to thank my predecessor, Liam Nellis for all that he has done to ensure that InterTradeIreland has fulfilled its role in adding real economic value across the island of Ireland and will seek to build on his achievements. I see innovation as an economic priority and of key strategic importance. As such, I will continue the work of illustrating how InterTradeIreland can help companies to develop their cross border business and improve their capabilities through our range of trade and innovation programmes," he said.