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Gerard Gallagher

EY appoints Mena advisory leader

Dubai, October 30, 2013

EY, a leading professional services firm, has announced the appointment of Gerard Gallagher as the new managing partner for EY’s advisory business across the Mena region.

Gallagher’s substantial experience as a consulting partner in EY’s global business, combined with his extensive experience of rapidly building and leading advisory businesses across the globe, will further drive the growth of EY’s Mena advisory practice, a company statement said.

Abdulaziz Al Sowailim, chairman and CEO, EY Mena said: “We are pleased to welcome Gerard as our new Mena advisory leader. Over the past nine decades, EY is proud to have advised companies across the region around business strategy, transformation and performance improvement. Gerard’s appointment is significant for EY as we accelerate our investment in our own business while continuing to support our clients on their most important issues.”

Gallagher said: “I am very excited to be working with such a strong, dynamic and growing team of over a 1,000 Advisory professionals across the region. Building on our legacy, we continue to invest in our Mena practice.”

“This means we can rapidly attract, hire and retain the best local and international talent to work on our clients’ most important issues. Already in the last 6 months we have added 12 new partners and around 300 people to our Advisory practice across our regional offices. My expectation is that we will add another 700 people and 22 partners across Mena in the next 24 months,” he added.

There is huge potential for growth in the region, driven by ambitious government plans and a thriving private sector. The opportunities however, are not without challenges. Economic diversification and skill shortage are just some of the challenges facing the region and our clients,” Gallagher said.

“We are committed to bringing the best of EY to help address our clients’ issues, support the implementation of the various national agendas and help create sustainable value for a region that I believe is becoming more and more significant to the global economy,” he concluded.

Prior to joining EY, Gallagher spent a significant part of his career as a chartered engineer, delivering major global capital investment programs in the infrastructure, mining, oil & gas and power & utilities sectors around the globe.

Gallagher will remain an active consulting Partner to a number of EY’s key clients across the region, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service




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