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Here is a selection of people starting new roles with Allianz Ireland, Premier Lotteries Ireland, Complete Laboratory Solutions, EHS International, Digicel Group and eir.

Helen Merry has been appointed as chief operating officer with insurance firm Allianz Ireland. Helen brings 24 years of experience with Allianz in a number of different roles both within the business and IT. She was appointed to the board of management of Allianz Ireland in 2019, and held the role of chief underwriting officer since that time. Helen is also the Allianz Ireland board of management member with overall responsibility for sustainability and has recently been appointed as chairperson of the Insurance Ireland strategy and advocacy sustainability working group. Helen was involved in the introduction of the Climate Safe Homes and Rebuild Better initiatives.

Cian Murphy has been appointed as CEO designate of Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), the operator of the Irish National Lottery since 2015, taking over from outgoing CEO Andrew Algeo. Currently chief product and digital officer, Cian joined PLI in 2020. He previously held senior roles at Paddy Power PLC, McKinsey & Co and most recently as chief marketing officer at the Automobile Association. Cian will continue to work alongside Andrew Algeo until July 1 to ensure an orderly transition to his new role. Andrew has played a key part in the company’s success and its recent purchase by Groupe FDJ, lottery and gaming operator.

Cathy Bowes has been appointed as director of medical services with Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS). Cathy brings extensive medical science, diagnostic laboratory and commercial expertise and will lead the expansion of the medical services division at CLS. A native of Galway, Cathy holds a degree in Medical and Molecular Cytology from Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) (Science Foundation Ireland Bursary recipient), a Bachelor Degree of Biosciences from South East Technological University (SETU) and a Diploma in Management from Irish Management Institute (IMI Dublin). Cathy has specialisms in molecular and gynae cytology and prior to joining CLS, she held positions in LetsGetChecked and Medlab Pathology.

Robert Butler has been appointed as Dublin operations director with EHS International, the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) company, based in its Ballymount office. Robert was the head of learning and development at the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), where he played a pivotal role in developing continued professional development programmes. He was a board member of the Health & Safety Authority (HSA), working with executive teams to drive strategic initiatives; he also had a tenure as director for safety and health consultancy at ESA Consultants. He holds a Masters in Business Practice from University College Cork, complemented by multiple certifications in various EHS disciplines.

Marcelo Cataldo has been appointed as group CEO with Digicel Group, taking over from Maarten Boute, interim Group CEO. From Paraguay, Marcelo has diverse international experience having worked across Latin America, the US and Europe. He joins Digicel, the Jamaican-based, Irish-founded mobile phone network, from Tigo Colombia where he was CEO and president since 2016. He joined Millicom in 2010 and rose through the ranks. He has also held tech roles in the finance sector in Europe. He holds a BSc and a Masters in Computer Science and Engineering from the Universidad Católica “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción” in Paraguay and an MBA from Madrid Polytechnic University in Spain.

Fergal McCann has been appointed as chief technology officer with telecoms firm eir, succeeding Guillaume Duhazé who is stepping down. Fergal has over 27 years of experience in the industry. He joined eir in 2015 as director of mobile networks, leading several award wins. He will now advance eir’s 5G mobile network roll-out, continuing the modernisation of legacy network to retire old technologies and progress the transformation of eir’s data centres to cloud-based solutions. Fergal previously worked in technology and finance leadership roles across Esat Digifone, O2 and Telefonica. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from DIT and an MBA from UCD Smurfit Business School.

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