Danny McCoy takes over as director general of Ibec
McCoy replaces Turlough O'Sullivan as director general of employers union Ibec from 1 July, having previously been director of policy within Ibec
8 July 2009
The National Council of the business and employers organisation. Ibec has announced the appointment of Danny McCoy as director general
He succeeds Turlough O’Sullivan who earlier this year announced his intention to retire. This appointment as director general is effective from 1 July 2009.
Previously director of policy within Ibec, McCoy joined the organisation almost four years ago. Prior to working at Ibec, he was a senior research officer at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), and prior to that, an economist in the Central Bank of Ireland. McCoy has held lecturing posts at Dublin City University, University College London, University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin. He was manager of the European Forecasting Network comprising 10 European research institutes in a joint project for the European Commission. He is currently a member of the National and Economic and Social Council (NESC), the Commission on Taxation, the National Statistics Board, the board of FAS (National Training Body), the Foundation for Fiscal Studies and the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland.
Commenting on the appointment, president of Ibec Tom Noonan said: “Ibec has been very fortunate in the calibre of distinguished people from whom to select a new director general. Danny McCoy has demonstrated a breadth of vision which is refreshing in its clarity. This is what our time needs; the strength of mind and the energy to envisage possible futures that address old problems in new ways. On behalf of Ireland’s businesses and employers, I warmly welcome the appointment of Danny to this pivotal role in Irish life. We have absolute confidence that he will build on Ibec’s success to date and I am sure that the members look forward to working with him for the years ahead.”
Danny McCoy commented: “It is a great honour to be appointed Ibec director general. This is a daunting challenge as Ireland is coming through what has been amongst its most turbulent times since the foundation of the state. It is more important than ever that the membership of this great organisation has its voice heard.”