Bank of Ireland announces two Group Executive Committee appointments

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Bank of Ireland UK

17th Jan 2024

Bank of Ireland has today announced two Group Executive Committee appointments, along with the creation of a new role to enhance strategic delivery.

Ciarán Coyle will join as Group Chief Operating Officer, leading the Group’s technology, digital, data, payments, and change delivery. Ciarán joins from Ulster Bank/NatWest Group where he most recently held the position of Managing Director, Retail Banking and previously as Chief Operating Officer. Ciarán’s business, strategic and operational experience will be key in the execution of the Group’s strategy.

As part of the Group’s execution of its successful UK strategy, Gail Goldie will join as UK Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc. Gail will lead the delivery of the next phase of the UK strategy, and joins Bank of Ireland from Tesco Bank where she served as Chief Banking Officer. Gail previously held leadership positions in Barclays (UK), Santander (UK), and American Express.

Dave Sutherland, who has served as Interim UK Chief Executive Officer since July 2023, will take up a new role as Group Director of Business Efficiency. In this position, Dave will lead the management of a range of third-party supplier relationships to maximise efficiency, value for money, and delivery for customers.

Myles O’Grady, Group CEO, commented:

“Bank of Ireland has successfully completed year one of its three year strategy which will see it build stronger relationships with its customers, a simpler business, and a more sustainable company. The appointments of Ciarán, Gail and Dave are critically important, helping us further accelerate strategic delivery. I’d like to welcome Ciarán and Gail to Bank of Ireland, and congratulate Dave Sutherland on his new role.

“I’d also like to warmly thank Sharon Donnelly who has served as Interim Chief Technology and Payments Officer since 2022. Sharon’s outstanding leadership, dedication, and experience, along with her steadfast support to colleagues, is known throughout the company. Sharon will now support Ciarán in a seamless handover over the coming period.”

Gail Goldie and Ciarán Coyle will join the Group Executive Committee in January 2024. Dave Sutherland will work closely with Gail to support a smooth handover and will then take up his new role, reporting to the Group Chief Operating Officer.