Tom Byrne, originally from Kiltimagh, has this week been appointed to the position of president of the Institute of Directors in Ireland (IoD ) and will serve a two-year term. He replaces Ann Riordan who held the position since June 2009.
Tom Byrne, a chartered director and chartered accountant, was elected to the board of the Institute of Directors in Ireland in June 2010 and subsequently took up the role of vice-president. Mr Byrne brings a wealth of experience to the role; he is on the board of the Irish Takeover Panel and is a non-executive director of a number of both quoted and private companies.
Having held the position of head of corporate finance at Davy Stockbrokers from 1987 to 2001, he subsequently established Abaris Corporate Advisers Limited in 2001. He is also chairman of Acumen & Trust Limited, a position he has held since 2007. He is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and holds a B Comm degree from UCD.
“In the midst of what is a tremendously difficult period in Irish business, I firmly believe that directors have a meaningful and significant leadership role to play in our country’s recovery and so I am honoured to be appointed as president of the Institute of Directors in Ireland,” Mr Byrne said.
“Directors can provide that leadership by demonstrating a robust commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards and by fostering a culture of honesty, integrity and transparency within their organisations. If we are to rebuild confidence, then the tone of behaviour must be set from the top.”