Tuesday 16 January 2018

Anglo Tapes: The men on the line

Peter Fitzgerald

OF all the jobs Peter Fitzgerald had at Anglo, the last was probably the hardest. In March 2011, the new management set the veteran insider the task of restoring the bank's reputation.

As head of public affairs, Mr Fitzgerald was the man the media would go to, in order to find out what was happening at the bank. It put him at the heart of the new regime, close to the bank's new Australian head, Mike Aynsley.

He now works as interim chief executive at Addiction Counsellors of Ireland and his professional profile describes him as "a commercially astute, senior business leader".

John Bowe

ALMOST a year to the day after the controversial phone conversation took place, John Bowe was in Istanbul. He was still chasing down cash for the beleaguered bank.

In October 2009, Mr Bowe was entrusted with travelling to the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Turkey to drum up interest in lending to Anglo.

His role changed over time.

In September 2008, he was head of Capital Markets – in charge of dealing with sourcing money for the bank in the bond and share markets. Later, he was promoted to Director of Treasury and later still he was one of the senior officials handling the bank's controversial efforts to collect debts owed by Sean Quinn.

It would be March 2012 before he left the bank.


Chief executive at Anglo Irish Bank in 2008, he later moved to the US and was declared bankrupt over debts to Anglo.

Irish Independent

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