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Senior Ulster Bank official Ellvena Graham to step down

By John Mulgrew

One of Northern Ireland's most senior businesswomen, Ellvena Graham, is stepping down as head of Ulster Bank.

Ms Graham - who has been with Ulster Bank for 33 years - is leaving her roles in the bank in Northern Ireland, which also include head of SME business banking, to "pursue other opportunities".

She will now take up a non-executive role on the bank's board in the coming months.

But she will not be directly replaced in her current position, with Richard Donnan appointed as managing director for SME banking and corporate and institutional banking for Northern Ireland.

In September 2011, the bank appointed Ms Graham as chief operating officer for the Ulster Bank Group as a whole, before she took charge of the bank in Northern Ireland in March 2013.

Ms Graham was born in 1963 in Co Down and has two older brothers. Her father was a businessman.

She was also on the judging panel for the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year awards earlier this year.

Ulster Bank's chief executive Jim Brown said Ms Graham had "always been a positive and energetic influence on the business".

"I would like to wish Ellvena well as she departs her executive role. Ellvena has worked tirelessly for our customers and for our brand," he added.

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