First Names Group promotes Joanne to Co-Managing Director in Ireland

4 May 2016

First Names Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Joanne McEnteggart to Co-Managing Director in Ireland. The appointment is effective immediately.

Previously First Names Group’s Business Development Director, Joanne will now focus on supporting fellow Managing Director, Oonagh Hayes by taking on the day-to-day management of our Irish operation, in addition to continuing to develop business for the international corporate service line. As Co-Managing Director, Joanne will split her time between our offices in Shannon and Dublin, where she is based. Oonagh will remain active in the Irish operation however with Joanne’s support she will become more involved in growing the Group’s corporate footprint across Europe.

Joanne has over 20 years’ financial experience in the professional services industry, specifically in the areas of structured finance, funds and real estate. A qualified accountant, Joanne trained with Ireland’s largest insurance company before joining the financial services arm of Ernst & Young in 2001. She also spent several years with one of Ireland’s leading stockbroking firms, NCB Stockbrokers (now Investec) and held a number of senior roles within Capita before joining First Names Group in 2015.

Speaking about her new appointment Joanne said:

“Since joining the business last year, I have really enjoyed working with the team to expand our footprint in Ireland and internationally. Our reputation is strong and I am looking forward to building on this to position First Names Group as the first choice when selecting a corporate services provider.”

Cengiz Somay, Group Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“First Names Group is ambitious and to achieve our objectives and sustain the level of growth we aspire to we need a strong leadership team. I believe firmly that our people are our greatest asset. This is particularly true of the Irish business, where we are fortunate to have not one but two talented individuals in Oonagh and Joanne, both of whom are committed to driving the Corporate and Institutional service line forward.”

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