First Names Group is pleased to announce two senior appointments within our Irish business. Former Managing Director for Ireland, Oonagh Hayes, will take up the role of Chairperson of the Irish corporate services business, while her Co-Managing Director, Joanne McEnteggart, will assume the title of Managing Director. Both appointments are effective immediately.
With 30 years’ industry experience under her belt, including an impressive 27 years with the business, chartered accountant Oonagh has enjoyed a successful career and a quick rise to the top – having held a director-level position since 1999. She has seen the organisation through significant changes and growth over the years and has been instrumental in driving the business forward, both in Ireland and internationally. Oonagh is a longstanding member of the board of First Names Group Ireland and as Chairperson will now focus on continuing to grow the Group’s presence in the jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, having been first appointed as Business Development Director in early 2015 and then promoted to Co-Managing Director for Ireland in 2016, Joanne is receiving her second promotion within two years at First Names Group. As Co-Managing Director, Joanne supported Oonagh by taking care of the day-to-day management of the Group’s Irish offices as well as continuing to develop business for the Corporate and Institutional service line. As Managing Director, she will assume overall responsibility for running the Group’s Irish operations.
A certified accountant with over 20 years’ financial services experience, Joanne trained with Ireland’s largest insurance company before joining the financial services arm of Ernst & Young in 2000. She then spent several years with one of Ireland’s leading stockbroking firms, NCB Group (now Investec), and held senior positions with a prominent international business process outsourcing and professional services company before joining First Names Group in 2015.
Mark Pesco, Chief Executive Officer of First Names Group, said of the two senior appointments:
“As a group we are lucky to have two such dynamic, driven and accomplished women at the helm of our growing and innovative business in Ireland. Oonagh’s extensive experience and stellar reputation in the industry, paired with her long tenure with First Names Group, make her ideally placed to take on the position of Chairperson. Equally, rising star Joanne was the obvious choice to succeed her as Managing Director, having made a big impact on the business since joining us two years ago. Joanne’s promotion is incredibly well deserved and I have no doubt that she will continue to shine as she fully takes the reins.”