Chartered Accountants Ireland has elected Paul Henry president for 2020-21 at its 132nd AGM, held virtually for the first time.
Addressing the meeting, Mr Henry said his key priority as president of Ireland's largest accounting body would be to harness the ability, experience and expertise of its membership network to support economic recovery in the aftermath of Covid-19.
"This is, of course, primarily a public health crisis," he said. "I believe that our 28,500 members working in leadership, finance or advisory roles throughout Irish business will play a key role in kick-starting the recovery and ensuring that business bounces back strongly."
Mr Henry previously has worked in the Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland, Enterprise Equity, PwC and ASM Chartered Accountants.
At yesterday's AGM, Pat O'Neill was elected deputy president and Sinead Donovan vice president.