New CBI director named as Danske Bank economist Angela McGowan
Danske Bank's chief economist Angela McGowan has been appointed as the new director of the CBI in Northern Ireland.
She will replace Nigel Smyth, after 26 years in the job. Ms McGowan will take up the new role in October.
Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director-general, said:
“I’m delighted to welcome Angela to the role of Northern Ireland Director. Her business experience, and wealth of economic knowledge, will help the CBI create the best possible conditions for its members in Northern Ireland.
“Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, Angela joins us at an important moment for Northern Ireland’s economy, when businesses will be looking for political stability and certainty. I look forward to working closely with her to achieve this.”
And David Gavaghan, CBI Northern Ireland Chair, said:
“On behalf of CBI Northern Ireland Council and our wider membership we are really delighted to welcome Angela to her new role. At this critical time, Angela’s strong grasp of public policy issues and a deep understanding of the regional economy will be very important. The CBI is recognised as the voice of business and, as we all face a new set of challenges, Angela is ideally placed to lead the local team and engage widely in representing the interests of the business community in Northern Ireland."
Ms McGowan joins the CBI after eight years as chief economist with Danske Bank.
Stephen Matchett, chief financial officer at Danske Bank, said:
"We would like to express our thanks to Angela for her contribution at Danske Bank over the past eight years. Danske Bank has built a strong position in the Northern Ireland marketplace and Angela has played an important part in bolstering our reputation through her public-facing role as chief economist.
"She has also made a significant contribution in helping to inform and encourage wider economic debate in our society."