SOURCE: Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

November 18, 2009 06:09 ET

AIB announces board and executive appointments

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - November 18, 2009) -

AIB announces board and executive appointments

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. ("AIB") (NYSE: AIB) has today announced the following appointments:-

Dan O'Connor, currently Non-Executive Chairman of AIB, is to take on the role of Executive Chairman on a temporary basis in order to oversee the Group's work on the completion of the key tasks of capital raising, the implementation of NAMA and the EU restructuring plan.

Colm Doherty, formerly Managing Director, AIB Capital Markets, has been appointed AIB Group Managing Director. Mr. Doherty will take up his new role as Group Managing Director with immediate effect. Mr Doherty will be responsible for the day to day running of the Group. He has agreed to take up his new role for a salary of EUR 500k. His contractual remuneration package will therefore be considerably lower than applied in the past to the Chief Executive Officer role, or indeed to Mr. Doherty's previous role in AIB, reflecting his personal commitment to the Bank and its future.

AIB Group Chief Executive, Eugene Sheehy, is to retire on 30 November.

These appointments are part of a wider series of management changes with the emphasis on attracting new external talent. This will deliver the vital combination of internal and external experience and perspective necessary to ensure that AIB's culture, structure and management team is ideally equipped to lead the Group through this critical period.

These include:-

Dr Michael Somers, Chief Executive of The National Treasury Management Agency, will be appointed to the AIB Board as Deputy Chairman. He will also Chair the AIB Board Risk Committee. Dr Somers will take up his new post on completion of the Regulatory approval process. David Pritchard, currently AIB Deputy Chairman, is to step down from that post. The Board would like to express their thanks to Mr. Pritchard who will be retaining his role as Senior Independent Director.

The key Executive functions of Group Finance Director and Group Chief Risk Officer are also to be filled by external appointments.

Following the finalisation of NAMA and the EU restructuring plan (expected in mid-2010), the AIB Board, Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director, in consultation with the Minister for Finance and other stakeholders, will conduct an assessment of the AIB Group Management structure. The purpose of this will be to determine whether the management format announced today remains relevant to the challenges and requirements of the new environment.

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For further information please contact:

Alan Kelly
General Manager, Group Finance
AIB Group
Dublin 4
Tel: +353-1-641 2162


Catherine Burke
Head of Corporate Relations
AIB Group
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 6413894

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