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Some significant changes in finance
New managing partner at PwC
Ronan Murphy is to succeed Donal O'Connor as managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Murphy will take over the role from O'Connor, who served in the role for four years, from July 1st 2007.
Murphy has served on the firm's leadership team for twelve years and has led the Audit and Business Advisory practice for the last four years. He was educated at Blackrock College and University College Dublin, and has been a partner since 1992, having spent a two year tour of duty in the Boston office. PricewaterhouseCoopers's Dublin operations will shortly move to new offices in Spencer Dock.

Murphy moves to ACC
Fergus Murphy is to move from his current role as head of Asia region for Rabobank International to take up the post of chief executive with ACCBank plc.
Murphy initiated and managed Rabobank's acquisition of ACCBank in 2002, and was a member of the board of ACCBank from its acquisition until 2004. In 2004, he was appointed to his current role as head of Asia region. Over the last three years that business has been restructured and oriented towards a locational and product growth strategy. In 2006, he oversaw the acquisition of Haga Bank and Hagakita Bank, Rabobank's first majority owned foray into international retail banking in Asia. Prior to joining Rabobank, Murphy worked for Banque Nationale de Paris.

New at National Irish Bank
Brendan O'Hora has moved from Ulster Bank to National Irish Bank to take up the role of head of communications. O'Hora was the former head of retail marketing with the Ulster Bank Group, and he has worked in the financial services industry for the last 17 years.
In his new role, Brendan will be responsible for managing the marketing and communications functions of National Irish Bank. A graduate of the College of Marketing, O'Hora (38) also holds an MBA from UCD.

New at BIAM
Brian Routledge has been appointed senior equity portfolio manager and Jimmy Furlong head of product development at Bank of Ireland Asset Management (BIAM).
Routledge was previously a senior portfolio manager with Citigroup Asset Management in Stamford, Connecticut, and prior to that, he spent two years as a senior equity analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston, New York, and eleven years as a senior equity analyst with Prudential Securities, Inc., New York. He holds a BSc (Finance) from St. John's University, New York and is a CFA Charterholder.
Furlong joins BIAM from AIBIM where he was head of risk budgeting, and was responsible for new product development. He previously managed domestic and international equity and bond portfolios for AIBIM, and has worked as a quantitative analyst. He is an associate of the Society of Investment Analysts and holds a masters degree in Management Science. They will take up their new roles with the BIAM investment team in early 2007.

Fortis hires new manager
Fortis Prime Fund Solutions has appointed Roisin Hanna as business support manager. Prime Fund Solutions (PFS) provides a full range of banking, administration and custody services to funds in the alternative investment industry and is a part of Fortis Merchant Banking.
Hanna previously worked with Dublin based private equity firm Allen, McGuire & Partners Limited for 17 years.
Hanna will join the existing PFS country management team of Brenda Buckley, Damian Keane, Philip Craig, Onno Priester, Colette Coffey and Noel Fahy. In her new role, she will be responsible for the management of business support functions for PFS in Ireland.

New marketing head at First Active
Joe Heneghan has been appointed head of marketing at First Active. In his new role, Heneghan will have responsibility for all marketing activities for First Active's full product portfolio, including mortgage, savings, investment and insurance products.
Heneghan has held a number of senior positions within First Active, its parent company Ulster Bank Group and with major Irish banks.

New partners for Deloitte
Deloitte has appointed three new partners to its Dublin and Limerick offices.
Susan Birrell, who specialises in Sarbanes-Oxley, has become an audit partner; Alan Flanagan who specialises in the area of finance, strategy and operations has become a partner in the consulting practice; and Cathal Treacy who is responsible for a number of significant Irish and multi-national clients in the Limerick region, has become an audit partner in that office.

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