Female to lead Ulster Bank in the Republic
Jane Howard has been confirmed as the new chief executive of Ulster Bank in the Republic.
She joins from its UK parent Royal Bank of Scotland where she served as a senior executive, most recently in the role of managing director of personal banking.
Ms Howard replaces Belfast man Gerry Mallon, who has joined Tesco Bank as its new chief executive.
Paul Stanley, chief financial officer of Ulster Bank - who was serving as interim chief executive, will be appointed deputy chief from next month.
The appointment means that two of the five main banks in the Republic now have a female chief executive.
This is a dramatic turnaround since last October when Bank of Ireland's Francesca McDonagh became the first woman ever to head up a major bank in the Republic.
Ulster Bank chairman Des O'Shea said: "We are delighted that Jane will join us as chief executive of Ulster Bank in the Republic.
"Jane brings a track record of strong leadership, intense customer focus, drive and enthusiasm."