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Thursday 18 January 2018

Anne Heraty acted as adviser to find new boss of Enterprise Ireland

Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

FORMER Anglo Irish Bank non-executive director Anne Heraty acted as external adviser to Enterprise Ireland on recruitment of the state agency's new chief executive, the Irish Independent has learned.

It is understood to be the first public-sector role for Ms Heraty, the boss of recruitment firm CPL, since she resigned from the boards of state-owned Bord na Mona and Forfas in 2009, as well as the board of the Irish Stock Exchange in the wake of the nationalisation of Anglo Irish Bank.

Ms Heraty was one of five non-executive directors who resigned from the board of Anglo Irish Bank just before it was formally taken into State hands following a bailout by taxpayers.

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In recent weeks, Ms Heraty was part of a panel put together by the Public Appointments Service – an agency that manages recruitment of senior public-sector staff – to oversee the recruitment of a new head of Enterprise Ireland.

A spokesman for the Public Appointments Service said Ms Heraty was brought in as the independent member of a five-member panel handling the recruitment process for Enterprise Ireland.

She had not sought or received any pay for her services and was asked to participate based on her "track record and skills set", the spokesman said.

The panel also included Enterprise Ireland's non-executive directors Terence O'Rourke, Rita Shah and Bob Savage, and the secretary general of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, John Murphy.

Enterprise Ireland has an independent board but falls under the responsibility of Jobs and Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton.

This week, Julie Sinnamon was formally announced as incoming chief executive at Enterprise ireland.

As well as being founder and chief executive of stock market-listed CPL, Ms Heraty is a former Ernst & Young entrepreneur of the year.

Ms Heraty could not be reached for comment.

Irish Independent

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