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Colin Ryan appointed EY Ireland’s Financial Services Country Leader

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DUBLIN, Wednesday 1 September 2021: EY has appointed Colin Ryan as its new Ireland Financial Services (FS) Country Leader, effective 1 September, 2021. Colin succeeds Eoin MacManus following Eoin’s appointment as leader of EY’s Global NextWave Simplification strategic initiative.

In his new role, Colin will oversee EY Ireland Financial Services business, an integral part of the firm’s Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Financial Services Organisation. EY Ireland Financial Services employs more than 700 people, including 30 partners. It provides services in assurance, tax and consulting to clients across sectors including wealth and asset management, banking and capital markets, and insurance.

Commenting on Colin’s appointment EY Ireland Managing Partner Frank O’Keeffe said; “As Managing Partner of EY Ireland I am delighted that Colin has taken on this role as leader of Financial Services in our firm. He is coming into the role at a time of great change and opportunity for the sector and our business and I wish him every continued success. Because of the quality and breadth of our client solutions and our world-class teams, Financial Services clients are increasingly turning to EY to help them solve their most complex business problems in a fast-evolving marketplace.”

Omar Ali, EY EMEIA Financial Services Regional Managing Partner said: “I’m delighted that Colin is going to lead our financial services business in Ireland. Financial Services firms are facing significant change; they need to think about how they can best support the economic recovery and recovery of businesses, how they can best serve their customers in an increasingly digital world, and what role they will play in greening the economy. I have no doubt that, under Colin’s leadership, the Ireland Financial Services team will continue to support our clients to tackle these changes in a way that enables them to grow and transform their businesses.”

Colin is currently Consulting Leader for EY Ireland Financial Services. He has worked with FS, technology and public sector clients for more than 20 years. Colin joined EY in 2015 to lead the Ireland FS Performance Improvement (PI) business, accepting the role of EY Ireland Financial Services Consulting leader in 2018. Under Colin’s leadership, the practice has doubled in size, winning and delivering several high-profile tech-enabled engagements as well as significant cross-functional, cross-border regulatory and compliance-driven programmes for clients including PTSB, AIB and Bank of Ireland.

Commenting on his appointment, Colin said: “I am delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to take on this role and lead such a talented, passionate and successful team. We are standing at the beginning of a great new chapter in the growth and development of the Financial Services sector. There is huge change in the world right now, and financial service providers are under pressure to evolve to remain competitive and continue to support and enable their customers. That’s where EY comes in.  

“Our clients need support and leadership to help them navigate this period of transformation, and we have the capability, drive and commitment to partner with them for success, and much more. The colleagues I work with, the expertise in our global team, and the way we partner with our clients makes us unique as a firm. We have everything we need to help financial services organisations build a better working world.”  




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