CEO Appointment, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture (Cultural Tourism)

Posted: Thursday, 01 June 2017

Galway 2020 is delighted to announce the appointment of local business leader Hannah Kiely to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the company tasked with delivering Galway's European Capital of Culture in 2020.

As CEO of Galway 2020 Hannah will be responsible for leading the Executive Team working closely with the new Galway 2020 Board of Directors to deliver the ambitious programme and vision before and during European Capital of Culture in 2020, as well as ensuring that a strong and lasting legacy follows to benefit the city, county and wider region.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, her role will be to provide effective leadership and management to the company and its staff, and to engage with all stakeholders to ensure that it is an effective, high performing organisation that plans and delivers its business effectively.

The CEO role is one of business leadership to create the right structures and environment to enable the Creative Director and the full team work within the city and county to deliver a truly unparalleled experience through Galway 2020.

Hannah is an experienced CEO with over 25 year's leadership experience. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of HC Financial Advisers, a graduate of NUIG, GMIT and the Institute of Directors of Ireland. A former President of Galway Chamber of Commerce, she has extensive experience in business both in Ireland and the UK, and previously won many accolades and awards including Business Woman of the Year award.

She will start the new role immediately, and is eager to move the company forward and accelerate the delivery strategy for Galway 2020.

"I am truly delighted and honored to be appointed CEO of Galway 2020," she said, "I believe we all have an amazing opportunity to do something truly transformational with Galway 2020 for the City, the County and the Region."

Her appointment by the Board follows the completion of a rigorous, international multi-stage recruitment and selection process, conducted by Galway 2020's talent partner Connected Talent. Hannah emerged as the clear frontrunner against a strong field of over 50 applicants from Ireland, Europe and around the world - evidence in itself of the depth and skill available within Galway.