Owens Takes Up Role as Interim CEO at FAI

Gary Owens was confirmed last night as the new interim CEO of the FAI as the Association prepares to begin the process of appointing a permanent replacement.

Owens takes over from FAI Board Member Gary Cooke who took on the role of Executive Lead in December and has played a key role in the advances that have been made on restructuring and the appointment of independent directors over the past number of weeks.

Owens has stepped down from his role as CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland to take up the role.

He has previously held roles as Chair of Athletics Ireland for four years and in senior management as CEO of Hibernian Group prior to their takeover by Aviva, as an independent director of AIG, as a founder of Rainmaker Technologies, CEO of IFG Group and as a non-executive director of Lease Plan Ireland.

The appointment was announced last night by independent Chairman Roy Barrett who said: “Gary brings a wealth of experience to this interim role and the Board and I look forward to working with him.”

This morning’s ‘reading in’ to the role will include an update on discussions which have been held between the FAI, Bank of Ireland, UEFA and the Government which Minister Shane Ross said yesterday would likely result in a financial restructure plan being brought collectively to each of the parties in the next week or so.

“The Board would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Paul Cooke, FAI Board Member, who at very short notice held the position of Executive Lead on a pro bono basis for the past few weeks, whilst a process to identify and select an interim CEO was underway,” added the FAI Statement.

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