People starting new jobs in Ireland


Here is a selection of people starting new roles at Pepper Advantage, Heneghan, Signify Health, Siro, Bibby Financial Services and EDF Renewables.

Anna Agafonova has been appointed chief financial officer of credit reporting firm Pepper Advantage, which employs more than 500 people in Ireland. She was previously Group Finance Director at Swift, driving business growth and performance, digital transformation including robotics and machine learning. His previous roles include Chief Financial Officer at American Express Global Business Travel. She has also previously worked for private equity, listed, private and cooperative companies. She holds an LLM in Finance from Goethe University, a BA in International Management from Otto-von-Guericke University (both in Germany) and a Diploma in International Management from Technical University (Ukraine). Agafonova also holds professional qualifications in finance ACCA, CFE, CIA.

Colm Kearns has been promoted to senior account manager at communications firm Heneghan. He originally joined the firm in 2017 as an intern. It provides support to a range of corporate clients including ABP Food Group, MediaCom, Home Plus, Wisetek, Rentokil Initial, The Ireland Funds and Blueface. Colm holds a Masters in Public Relations from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He also holds a BA in English and Anthropology from Maynooth University. He previously worked as a sales and marketing intern at MentoPitch, a Dublin-based tech startup. Heneghan represents leading Irish and international businesses across a wide range of sectors.

Michelle Concannon has been named senior vice president of engineering at health technology company Signify Health, which recently opened its first non-US base in Galway. She comes from Microsoft, returning to her hometown of Galway after also holding senior roles at US healthcare company Optum, Cisco and Avaya (formerly Nortel). She has over 20 years of international experience in Ireland, USA, EMEA and Asia. Signify Health has more than 2,000 employees in New York and Dallas, Texas. Michelle holds a degree in computer systems from UL and a master’s degree in computer science from GMIT (now Atlantic Technological University) and a nano degree in machine learning.

Denis Cambridge has been appointed construction manager with fiber broadband service Siro, joint venture ESB and Vodafone. Originally from Cork, he has held senior positions within the ESB Group in national customer service, human resources, regional network management and organizational change roles. Denis will lead a team responsible for deploying Siro’s broadband infrastructure, building its network to the highest standards, supported by Siro’s contract partners. Denis will play a key role in helping Siro achieve its goal of providing fiber broadband access to 770,000 premises in 154 cities across Ireland over the next four years.

Carmel Mulroe has been appointed Business Development Manager for the West, Midlands and Northern Ireland at Bibby Financial Services Ireland, a provider of invoice finance and other financing solutions for Irish SMEs. She has spent the past 20 years at Ulster Bank, particularly in SME lending. For the past five years, Carmel has been named Ulster Bank’s No. 1 Business Development Manager due to her commitment to working with SMEs nationwide to facilitate their continued growth and expansion. Among her qualifications, Carmel holds a Diploma in Financial Services (Professional Banker) and a Professional Diploma in SME Credit from University College Dublin.

James McDermott has been appointed planning project manager with electricity company EDF Renewables Ireland. It will focus on planning and delivering its approximately 1GW pipeline of renewable energy projects across Ireland, including onshore and offshore wind, solar photovoltaic and battery storage technology. James will work through all stages of development, including preliminary design and statutory consent projects. From Banbridge, Co Down, he recently returned to Ireland from London, where he spent eight years with a number of local planning authorities. James holds a BSc in Environmental Planning from QUB and is a Chartered Town Planner recognized by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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