IDA recruits 35 new execs to target new businesses
The IDA has embarked on a hiring drive to recruit 35 new executives with the aim of enticing new companies to invest in Ireland.
The extra staff are being taken on to identify new sectors and business opportunities for Ireland as part of a new government initiative known as Winning Abroad.
The initiative's target is to secure an extra 10,000 jobs as it markets Ireland internationally as a place for manufacturing, R&D and global business services.
The roles for the 35 new staff will be in locations including Boston, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, Mountain View, Irvine, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo, Mumbai, Bangalore, Shanghai, Sydney and Dublin.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said: "The new staff will target new companies not currently in Ireland, with the aim of creating 10,000 additional new jobs."
IDA chief Barry O'Leary said the body would now have the opportunity to build on IDA's success through the recruitment of the new staff.
The IDA reported earlier this year that total employment at IDA-backed companies stood at 161,112 people, the highest level in the history of the agency.
Some 164 projects were secured last year, with 78 coming from companies investing in Ireland for the first time.