Top banker Gerry Mallon 'privileged' to be named chair of IFA
A leading banker elected as the new chairman of the Irish Football Association (IFA) is hoping his commercial experience can help deliver results on and off the pitch.
Danske Bank UK chief executive Gerry Mallon, who was first appointed to the IFA's board as an independent non-executive director last year, said he felt privileged to take on the new job.
Mr Mallon's election as chair comes as the Northern Ireland international team has its best chance in years of reaching a major tournament and as the team's home, Windsor Park, undergoes a controversial redevelopment.
"As someone who is passionate about football, I feel privileged to be taking on this position at such an exciting time," said Mr Mallon.
"I have great faith in the progress of the team and hope I can bring a high level of commercial experience to the set-up here and ultimately play a support role in helping to guide the organisation over the next couple of years."
IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson said he was delighted with the appointment. "Not only does Gerry bring superb business acumen to the role, but he is also a passionate supporter of football," he added.