Business movers: People starting new jobs in Ireland

New roles: (top row) Niall O’Sullivan, Patricia McCarvill, Diarmuid Lynch; (bottom row) León Murray, Markus Kessler, Tim Bicknell.

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Here is a selection of people starting new roles with Mercer, Taylor Wessing Ireland, Bibby Financial Services, CBRE Ireland, UPS and Dublin Business School.

Niall O’Sullivan has been appointed as global solutions chief investment officer with pensions retirement and investment services provider Mercer. Based in Dublin, he will manage the implementation and execution of clients’ global investment strategies. He has nearly 30 years’ experience managing global investment portfolios and programmes. Most recently, he was chief investment officer, multi-asset strategies, EMEA, at Neuberger Berman, where he led the multi-asset team’s investment activity in the region. Prior to this, he worked at Mercer for over a decade, rising to the role of chief investment officer of Mercer’s outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) business for Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Patricia McCarvill has been appointed as the first dedicated tax partner with law firm Taylor Wessing Ireland. She will lead the firm’s new tax practice and joins from international law firm Simmons & Simmons. Patricia is versatile, and brings extensive experience in respect of all tax heads and in multiple sectors. She brings particular expertise in M&A, cross-border restructurings and reorganisations, share schemes, banking, structured finance/debt capital markets, asset management and investment funds, VAT and tax disputes. Patricia’s appointment follows the hires of Ryan Ferry in disputes and investigations, Libby Garvey as banking and finance lead, and Órlaith Molloy as real estate lead.

Diarmuid Lynch has been appointed as client relationship manager in Munster with Bibby Financial Services, a provider of funding to SMEs, notably in manufacturing, wholesale, transport, construction, recruitment and a variety of business services. Based in Cork, he brings 30 years of financial services experience, notably as an area manager in South Mall, Cork, with Bank of Ireland, managing key clients and leading teams to improve customer outcomes. A qualified financial adviser from the Institute of Banking in Ireland, Diarmuid also worked as a business consultant at KPMG. In this role, he worked collaboratively to develop solutions to help clients maximise their outcomes.

León Murray has joined estate agents CBRE Ireland as lead of its planning division. He brings considerable experience in planning and development. He will advise CBRE clients on new developments. He previously held senior roles with Turley Planning and RPS Group in Dublin. He also brings experience from working in planning and development in London, England and Vancouver, Canada. Prior to joining CBRE, León provided strategic planning advice in the preparation of planning applications for a range of projects including residential, commercial, mixed-use and infrastructure developments, and urban regeneration and placemaking masterplans; with this experience spanning both the public and private sectors.

Markus Kessler has been appointed as the country cluster manager with logistics company UPS, covering UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland. He replaces Ufku Akaltan, who is now president of West EMEAI with the company and continues to lead business operations across the region. Markus will oversee small package operations and driving business development and strategy throughout this region. He was previously country manager for UPS in Austria and Switzerland since 2022. He joined UPS in 2006 as an account executive, based in Frankfurt; he has also worked with UPS as a talent manager and VP for HR and labour relations.

Tim Bicknell has been appointed as president of Dublin Business School. A business industry veteran, his prior roles include general manager of RaboDirect Ireland, as well as head of analytics, CRM and digital banking roles with Permanent TSB. He has also lectured on the MBA and the Accounting and Finance programmes with Dublin Business School. He is also a non-executive director of UX Design Institute, an edtech business offering education and accreditation to UX professionals globally. As president of DBS, Tim will oversee the college’s strategic plan, developing DBS to ensure its future sustainability and attractiveness to prospective students both in Ireland and abroad.


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