The former head of US bank State Street's Irish arm, Willie Slattery, has been appointed a non-executive director of Aer Lingus.
Mr Slattery was nominated by Finance Minister Michael Noonan and becomes his nominee to the airline's board. The Aer Lingus board, headed by chairman Colm Barrington, has approved his appointment with immediate effect.
The State owns a 25.1pc stake in Aer Lingus and the Government is entitled to nominate three non-executive directors to the board. Its other two appointees are Colin Hunt and Francis Hackett.
Leslie Buckley, who is chairman of Independent News & Media (INM), stepped down as a government board appointee to Aer Lingus last year. He had joined the airline's board in 2009.
An executive vice president with State Street, Mr Slattery was made head of the institution's Irish arm in 2007. Last year, he was appointed by the institution to a more senior role, as head of its global services business in the UK, Middle East and Africa.
State Street's Susan Dargan was in turn appointed head of the group's global services business in Ireland and has responsibility for its day-to-day management, but Mr Slattery still oversees the Irish global services operation.
Mr Slattery, who worked for the Central Bank for 23 years until 1996, has also held a number of high-profile public roles in recent years.