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O’Carroll named new chairman of IoD

aidenAidan O’Carroll has been named as the new chairman of the Institute of Directors in Scotland.

A senior partner at EY Scotland, Mr O’Carroll (pictured) succeeds Professor Susan Deacon, who has stood down at the end of her three-year tenure. Mr O’Carroll will also take up the Scottish seat on the IoD’s UK Council, succeeding Ian McKay.

Mr O’Carroll brings to the role a wealth of leadership experience and involvement in business throughout Scotland, and internationally. The IoD says his experience makes him well-placed to understand the challenges that businesses, large and small, are going through.

Ms Deacon welcomed Mr O’Carroll’s appointment, and said: “Aidan is an ideal successor in the role of IoD chair.  He has his finger on the pulse of business, and is wholly committed to Scotland, its growth and its place on the international stage.”

Mr O’Carroll said: “I have had the privilege of living Scotland all of my life and working both here and internationally for over 30 years.  However far afield my work has taken me, I have always been able to keep my home in Scotland because I value what we have here.

“The opportunity to be a part of an organisation that can help bring greater success to Scotland , shape our economic proposition, engage with Government to promote growth, and bring together diverse views on the common theme of leadership, is hugely exciting, and I look forward to getting started.”

Mr O’Carroll will be taking to the podium at IoD Scotland’s annual conference at Gleneagles on 1 and 2 November.

Joining him will be a cross section of prominent leaders from private and public life, including Debbie Crosbie, Group chief operating officer and executive director at Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank; Alex Hynes, managing director, ScotRail Alliance; Graeme Smith, managing director, Amazon Development Centre Scotland; Fiona Logan, chief executive, Insights Learning and Development; and Carolyn Jameson, chief legal officer, Skyscanner.

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