Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

First Trust makes changes at top to bolster plans for growth

First Trust Bank in Ballymoney were Muriel Stewart worked
First Trust Bank in Ballymoney were Muriel Stewart worked

First Trust Bank has made two changes to its management team after a strategic review of its Northern operations by parent AIB.

Des Moore has taken over as director of Personal and Business Banking at the bank, while former managing director Gerry McGinn has been appointed regional executive director.

In the newly created role Mr McGinn will focus on "maintaining and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders in the Northern Ireland market".

He will also take on a number of non-executive roles outside the bank, including chair of the Strategic Investment Board.

Mr Moore, who has held the role of Head of Customers & Distribution at First Trust since March, will now lead the bank's personal and business banking segments across Northern Ireland.

It will also see him become the First Trust Bank representative on the AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. senior management team.

Steve Reid, managing director AIB Group, said the bank wants to "deliver a streamlined and sustainable operation which will continue to play an active role in local economic activity."

"Des' appointment has been made to ensure we deliver on the next phase of our growth plans and we have every confidence that under his stewardship we will emerge a much stronger organisation. Together with Gerry's new strategic role and external focus, First Trust Bank will be very much focused on playing an active role in supporting the economic recovery in Northern Ireland."