Alex O’Connell is to step up as the new Finance Director of the FAI after Eamon Breen confirmed on Friday that he would be leaving at the end of next month to take up a new role within the Irish business community.
O’Connell will become Finance Director at the beginning of April.
He joined the Association as Financial Accountant in July 2017. A Chartered Accountant with a BSc Sports Management from UCD, O’Connell joined the Association from Oracle and prior to that worked with Ernst & Young and SSE Airtricity.
He is currently playing a key role in the financial preparation of the UEFA U-17 European Championships in May and is involved in the planning process for the upcoming UEFA EURO 2020 tournament.
The succession to the top position will see him assuming responsibility for the Finance Team at the beginning of April with continued support from Yvonne Tsang, in her role of Financial Controller.
He will also become a member of the Association’s Executive Management Team and will work closely with the Board of the Management and CEO.
“I’m delighted to be continuing my development with the FAI into a Directorship role and joining the Executive Team,” said O’Connell.
“It’s a hugely exciting time to be taking on this role.”
Eamon Breen has held the role for five years during which time he was part of the FAI Executive team at EURO 2016, oversaw the refinance agreement with Bank of Ireland and served on the UEFA HatTrick committee, as well as overseeing the implementation of new systems across the Finance and Human Resource departments.
“I would like to thank Eamon for everything he has done for the FAI as Director of Finance & IT. His professionalism has been exemplary and he leaves us with our very best wishes,” said CEO John Delaney.
“From my very first day with the Association at the AGM in Athlone, working with the FAI and meeting so many great people in Irish football has been a fantastic experience,” added Breen who is taking up a new senior role within Carroll’s Irish Gifts.
“I would like to thank the Board, the CEO and everyone within the game for their support during my time with the FAI.
“As was said to me very early in my career here, the FAI was here before me and it will be here after me but I hope I leave it in better shape.”
“It is not the end of my time with Irish football as I will be back on at least one Finance Standing Committee and will continue to serve the game with the passion and commitment it deserves.”