Invest NI announces retirement of Leslie Morrison

Leslie Morrison, Chief Executive of Invest Northern Ireland today informed the Board and staff that he will retire from the organisation at the end of March 2009.

“After seven years as part of the Invest NI team, I believe that it is appropriate for a new Chief Executive to take Invest NI forward and build on the Agency’s significant successes to date.  Invest NI has supported the growth and development of companies across Northern Ireland, securing some of the highest levels of inward investment in Europe, whilst delivering support to smaller indigenous companies that have increased their productivity and export capability,” Leslie Morrison said.

“I am proud to have been a part of what Invest NI has achieved to date and have great confidence that under the direction of the Board and with the continuing support of DETI and NI business, the global challenges will be overcome,” he added  

Commenting on the announcement, Invest NI Chairman, Stephen Kingon, said :

“Many people underestimated the challenges posed in the establishment of Invest NI, and the complexities of merging several organisations.  Since being appointed Chief Executive when the organisation was formed in April 2002, Leslie has led the organisation through its early transition and has been instrumental in forming its strategic direction. It is largely due to Leslie’s creative leadership and commitment that Invest NI has evolved into what is now one of the most successful economic development agencies in the UK.

“Year on year, Invest NI has reported strong performance and tangible achievements in key areas of innovation, trade development and inward investment, securing £3.3 billion of investment commitments since 2002,” he said.

“Leslie is widely respected by staff and the Invest NI Board, on whose behalf I would like to acknowledge and commend the immense contribution that he has made to Invest NI, and economic development in Northern Ireland over the past years.”