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Who's who in Finance: Gerry O'Brien, Finance Director, Prudential Europe Management Services Ltd Back  
Gerry O'Brien

Finance Director, Prudential Europe Management Services Ltd

Current Responsibilities: Management of the Finance function at Prudential Europe and Scottish Amicable International Assurance plc, which is responsible for all financial aspects of service providers and insurance companies. Prudential Europe is the division charged with Prudential plc's expansion into continental Europe.

Education: Third Level: University College Dublin, B.Comm 1985; M Mangt.Sc 1986. Second Level: Crescent College Comprehensive, Limerick
Professional Memberships: Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (FCA).

Career Progress: Following a year lecturing in Waterford RTC in 1987, I joined the accountancy firm BDO in Limerick and in 1990 moved to Price Waterhouse where I specialised in insurance for 4 years. In 1996 I joined Norwich Union in Dublin and revamped the Group Internal Audit function. I moved on to be Financial Controller of the Norwich Union Life and Pensions (NUL&P) in 1997 and in 1999 was given responsibility for Strategic Development. Following the merger of Norwich and CGU I was appointed Group Head of Integration and Special Projects which gave me responsibility for the merger as it related to the Irish Group of Companies. Earlier this year I took up my current position with Prudential.

Special Projects: Reorganisation and update of Finance department in NUL&P to enable it to deliver plc standard reporting and management information. Responsible for projects to improve service delivery in both Pensions and Life Assurance Operations departments in NUL&P. Responsible for Euro project in NUL&P. Most recently, I am turning my attention to a state of the art financial framework for Prudential Europe, allowing pricing of product manufacture and service provision on a basis which fits into the product pricing structure of insurance companies and avoids the need for those companies to manage cost overruns.

Recommended Books: Built to Last - Lewis; Five Frogs on a Log - Feldman & Spratt; Who Moved my Cheese? - Dr Spencer Johnson

Sporting and Social Memberships: Lahinch Golf Club

Interests: Sport, particularly Golf and GAA; Reading; Current Affairs; Gardening; Music: jazz and classical.

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