AerCap boss appointed to Shannon Group board

AerCap boss appointed to Shannon Group board

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Tom Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, AerCap Ireland

The Chairman, CEO and management of Shannon Group plc have today welcomed the appointment of Tom Kelly, CEO, AerCap Ireland, to the board of Shannon Group plc.

Mr Kelly has been appointed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, TD, to serve on the board for a 5 year term.

Rose Hynes, Chairman, Shannon Group said:  “Tom is a respected business leader in the aviation sector and is a very welcome addition to our board. He provides us with the type of expertise and experience that is required to deliver our strategic vision for the Group.  I look forward to working with him at this exciting and challenging time for Shannon.”

Matthew Thomas, CEO, Shannon Group said:  “I also welcome the new director. Shannon Group directly contributes to Ireland’s economic prosperity and Mr Kelly will be a great asset in assisting us to continue to deliver on our plans, which we hope can further grow Shannon Group’s impact to benefit even more people in the region and beyond.”

Mr Kelly was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AerCap Ireland Limited in 2010. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of AerCap’s Irish operations and has a substantial aircraft leasing and financial services background.

Previously, Mr Kelly spent ten years with GECAS where his last roles were as Chief Financial Officer and director of GECAS Limited, GECAS’s Irish operation. Mr. Kelly also served as global controller for GECAS in his role as Senior Vice President & Controller. Prior to joining GECAS in 1997, Mr Kelly spent over eight years with KPMG in their London office, acting as a Senior Manager in their financial services practice. Mr Kelly is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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