Mark Ennis, executive chairman of SSE Ireland, is to become Invest NI’s new chairman from January. SSE Ireland is the Irish division of the SSE group and is one of the largest energy businesses on the island.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “The position of chair of Invest NI is a challenging job and it is essential that in times of economic difficulties, we have strong and effective leaders who are equipped with all the skills and knowledge needed to deliver change.
“Mark has gained extensive business development experience across large and medium-sized businesses. I am confident that his experience and drive will prove vital as we tackle the challenge of rebuilding and rebalancing the Northern Ireland economy.”
Ms Foster thanked outgoing chairman Stephen Kingon for his work. “Stephen has made a significant contribution to the success of Invest NI during a difficult economic period,” she said. “Throughout the last five years, he has consistently shown strong leadership in response to the economic downturn. I have also welcomed the strong lead he has given to implementing the changes which I have sought following the Independent Review of Economic Policy.”