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Bríd Horan praised the appointments

Bríd Horan praised the appointments

Bríd Horan praised the appointments

AIB and Hibernian Reit have appointed women to two senior positions, a development welcomed by the State-appointed body driving gender equality in the boardroom.

Former Tesco Ireland executive Geraldine Casey has been appointed to be AIB's new chief people officer. That appointment means AIB will have a gender-balanced executive committee of five men and five women - a rarity among Irish firms.

And Hibernia Reit said Margaret Fleming has joined its board as a non-executive director and will serve on the property company's nominations and investment committees. Previously she was international director of capital markets at the real estate advisory firm JLL Ireland.

Ms Fleming's appointment means Hibernia Reit's board now has seven men and three women, exceeding the short-term goal set by Balance for Better Business, an independent panel lobbying for a greater role for women at the top of Irish business.

It wants the top 20 companies listed on Euronext Dublin all to have a minimum 25pc representation of women on its boards by the end of 2020.

Since the panel led by Bríd Horan and Gary Kennedy started issuing name-and-shame reports last year highlighting all-male boardrooms, there has been a marked surge of hiring women for senior roles.

"We welcome the trend of more women being appointed to senior leadership positions," Balance for Better Business said in a statement. "Research has shown that establishing gender-balanced leadership is a key driver of business success. Female appointments to leadership positions are crucial for increasing gender balance and help to prepare the next generation of talent for the boardroom. We look forward to seeing more similar appointments across Irish businesses as more companies seek to meet and exceed the Balance for Better Business targets."

Ms Casey joins AIB from Tesco Ireland, where she served as people and IT director and sat on its board. She will not hold a board seat in her AIB role, however.

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