Thursday 29 September 2016

The Punt: Investec's Cullen is on to a winner in the world of sport

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

Head of Investec Ireland, Michael Cullen.
Head of Investec Ireland, Michael Cullen.

Picking winners is notoriously tricky in business or in sport, but Investec Ireland boss Michael Cullen is developing serious form, despite having a stripey donkey as the bank's logo.

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Barely a month ago the bank signed on as the first corporate sponsor of the Irish Showjumping team, which swiftly bagged the Aga Khan Trophy in front of a national and international TV audience at the RDS in Dublin.

The showjumping team is part of a stable (ahem) of successful sporting names now linked to Investec in Ireland. Golfer Paul McGinley has been with the South Africa-headquartered bank since he joined the European Tour in 1992 - probably one of the longest associations in Irish corporate sponsorship.

Monaghan GAA has been on the up since 2009, when it hooked up Investec as sponsor in a deal that has been renewed to run until 2017. The hits included landing Johnny Sexton as the face of Investec's wealth and investment campaign until earlier this year, a signing that even got the lads on Today Fm's Gift Grub excited.

Irish Independent

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