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Tuesday 20 March 2018

New Rehab group chairman is ex-Aviva boss Sean Egan

New Rehab chairman Sean Egan
New Rehab chairman Sean Egan

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

THE troubled Rehab group has got a new chairman as part of an overhaul of the disability organisation, which has been at the centre of controversy over the salaries of its bosses.

Sean Egan – the former chief executive of Aviva Ireland – has been elected chairman, a position which will not come with any payment.

Mr Egan (57), who has recovered from a major stroke, said yesterday: "I have always been hard working and into detail. I have spent a lot of time on various boards and on governance matters as a consequence."

In a letter to staff he said he believed he was asked to take on the role of chairman because he can contribute to the positive future of the organisation.

Advertisements to fill the position of group chief executive will be placed in the coming days. It was already announced the salary will be €140,000, around €100,000 less than the pay of Angela Kerins who stepped down from the post last month.

Management consultant Dr Eddie Molloy is currently examining the running of the disability organisation.

Mr Egan described himself as having a "people matters" ethos.

"I like talking to people and finding out what's going on from the people at the sharp end," he said. "Most of all I like a challenge and trying to bring people with me on the basis that solutions lie with the people working in the business."

He suffered a stroke two years ago but has since made a strong recovery following intense rehabilitation.

Irish Independent

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