Julie Sinnamon, who has led Enterprise Ireland throughout the post-crash years, is stepping down.
The business development agency said today that Ms Sinnamon would leave the post “later this year” and the recruitment process for a new CEO would begin “soon”.
“It has been, and remains, an honour to lead this organisation and to work with colleagues throughout Ireland and globally to support the success of Irish exporters,” said Ms Sinnamon, who has been CEO since November 2013.
She said it had been her “absolute privilege and joy to work with ambitious companies throughout Ireland to help them realise their potential on the global stage. I will work with the organisation until later in the year to ensure an orderly transition.”
Ms Sinnamon said that pending her departure she would continue to work with colleagues on finishing Enterprise Ireland’s upcoming 2021-2025 corporate strategy.
Enterprise Ireland chairman Terence O’Rourke said Ms Sinnamon had “made a hugely significant contribution to Enterprise Ireland and the growth of Irish enterprises around the world during her tenure as CEO”.
He noted that Enterprise Ireland-backed companies today employ nearly 222,000 people with exports of almost €24bn, “the highest in the history of the agency”.