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Kevin Holland: Who is new Invest NI chief?

Role: Kevin Holland
Role: Kevin Holland

Kevin Holland has been appointed the new chief executive of Invest NI, replacing Alastair Hamilton.

He takes up the position on October 21.

Here we take a quick look at who the man is that is tasked with bringing jobs and investment to Northern Ireland.

Kevin is from Bristol, making him the first Invest NI chief executive to come from outside Northern Ireland.

He is the third chief executive of Invest NI, and follows Alastair Hamilton, who served from 2009 to 2019, and Leslie Morrison from 2002 to 2009.

Mr Holland, who’s in his early 50s, has more than 25 years international business experience, including serving as an advisor to the British Embassy in China.

He spent 15 years at US healthcare giant Baxter and in his last role there, was head of emerging markets including Russia and Israel.  That role gives him vast experience in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices — a major target area for Invest NI when it comes to bringing jobs to Northern Ireland and boosting the economy.

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With his international credentials and long business experience, he’s likely to get paid at the upper end of the job’s salary scale of £160,000 to £175,000

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