Tuesday, March 12 14:17:11
The Government today announced the appointment of six Industry Partners to help implement the seven "Disruptive Reforms" in 2013 as part of the Action Plan for Jobs.
The intention is that the Industry Partners will bring their skills and experience to bear in monitoring the implementation of the reforms, help identify opportunities for greater efficiency in the delivery of the proposals and help deliver greater collaboration between the public and private sectors in delivering jobs policies.
The six Industry Partners appointed by Government are: Liam Casey is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of PCH International; John Herlihy, Vice President International SMB Sales and Head of Google Ireland; Sean O'Driscoll, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Glen Dimplex Group; Louise Phelan, Vice President of Global Operations Europe Middle East and Africa for PayPal; Heather Reynolds, an owner and Director of Eishtec and Dave Shanahan, Head of Strategic Health Initiatives worldwide in AbbVie.
The six Industry Partners will join the Action Plan for Jobs Implementation and Monitoring Group, a high level Officials and Advisers grouping, co-chaired by the Secretary Generals of the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. In parallel with their role on the Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Group the Industry Partners will be appointed to sit on a newly reconfigured National Competitiveness Council.
In addition, as part of the new mandate for the National Competitiveness Council the NCC will be charged with working directly with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in advising on the content of the "Building Competitive Advantage" section of future Action Plan for Jobs reports.
"Getting Ireland working again is the top priority for the Government. Our Action Plan for Jobs is the driver behind many of the reforms underway to make Ireland more attractive and competitive for jobs and investment. This Government has always welcomed input and advice from Ireland's entrepreneurs as we work together to create new jobs and grow our economy. The assistance of six industry partners and their wealth of experience will help us deliver on some of our major goals in the Action Plan for Jobs and will also influence new competitiveness policy into the future," said An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.