The FAI will shortly begin the process of recruiting a new Communications Director following the departure of Ian Mallon.
Mallon is moving on to a role in EUFA where he will serve as National Associations Communications Consultant.
He has been with the FAI since September of 2015 having previously spent 17 years in a variety of senior editorial and content roles within Independent News and Media.
Mallon oversaw the FAI’s communications through the qualification for and participation in Euro 2016 and has also been a key member of the team planning for Dublin’s hosting of the Euro 2018 draw in December and four matches in 2020.
It is the latest in a series of departures from the Association over the past 15 months. Peter Sherrard will leave his role as Operations Director in May to take up a role as CEO of the Olympic Council of Ireland while Miriam Malone left last year to become CEO of Paralympics Ireland and Richard Fahey left as Licensing Director to take up the position of CEO at Tennis Ireland.
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In a statement yesterday the FAI paid tribute to Mallon saying that “During his tenure with the FAI, Mr Mallon was instrumental in developing the record-breaking growth of the Association’s social media and digital audiences, as well as modernising the Communications infrastructures within the Association.”
“He oversaw the successful Communications operations at UEFA EURO 2016 in France, as well as the qualifying campaigns for EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.”
“The FAI would like to thank Mr Mallon for his immense contribution to the Association and wish him every success in his future endeavours.”
The role of Communications Director demands a good relationship with CEO John Delaney on one side and with the National Team Managers Martin O’Neill and Colin Bell on the other. It is also increasingly immersed in the world of the FAI’s own media and content production.
It is thought that Communications Manager Gareth Maher who joined the FAI from the Irish Daily Mail in 2014 will take interim charge of the Communications function, assisted by Darragh McGinley on the Digital and Social media side.
We have always found Ian Mallon a pleasure to deal with and wish him well in his new role at an exciting time for UEFA.
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