New chairman appointed to Board of Invest Northern Ireland

Nov 16, 2011

Pictured is Mark Ennis, new Chairman of Invest Northern Ireland

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced the appointment of Mark Ennis as Invest Northern Ireland’s new Chairman.

Welcoming the appointment, which will be for three years from 1 January 2012, Arlene Foster said: “I want to congratulate Mark on his new appointment. The position of Chair of Invest Northern Ireland is a challenging job and it is essential that in times of economic difficulties, we have strong and effective leaders who are equipped with all the skills and knowledge needed to deliver change.

“Mark is currently Executive Chairman of SSE Ireland, a leading electricity and gas company and has gained extensive business development experience across large and medium-sized businesses. I am confident that his experience and drive will prove vital as we tackle the challenge of rebuilding and rebalancing the Northern Ireland economy."

The Minister also paid tribute to outgoing Chairman, Stephen Kingon and said: “I would like to thank Stephen for his determination and commitment during his time as Chair of Invest Northern Ireland. Stephen has made a significant contribution to the success of Invest NI during a difficult economic period. Throughout the last five years, he has consistently shown strong leadership in response to the economic downturn. I have also welcomed the strong lead he has given to implementing the changes which I have sought following the Independent Review of Economic Policy.

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