Bank of Ireland announces three new senior appointments across its Corporate Banking business

  • Michael Lauhoff appointed Head of Corporate Banking Ireland & Northern Ireland
  • Deirdre Nicholl to become the new Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Banking
  • Susan Brown appointed Head of Digital & Operations

Bank of Ireland has announced appointments for three key senior positions across its Corporate Banking business. The roles filled include Head of Corporate Banking Ireland & Northern Ireland, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Digital & Operations.

Speaking on the appointments, Tom Hayes, Chief Executive at Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking and Markets commented: “I am delighted to welcome Michael to his new role as Head of Corporate Banking Ireland & Northern Ireland this month.  Deirdre and Susan will be taking on these crucial roles across our Corporate Banking business as we move into 2021. Enabling our colleagues to grow professionally is something we treat as a key priority at Bank of Ireland – these three colleagues have excelled in their current roles and are now ready to assume new responsibilities and support the future success and trajectory of the bank. Collectively, they have a wealth of experience and knowledge across their respective areas of expertise and I look forward to seeing them progress in their new roles, help their new teams to thrive and ensure that we are delivering excellent service for our customers.”

Effective January 2021, Michael Lauhoff is appointed Head of Corporate Banking Ireland & Northern Ireland, with responsibility for the critical agenda of driving the Corporate Banking growth strategy across the island of Ireland and supporting the bank’s customers.  In the current landscape, the role will have a particular focus on helping those who were most financially impacted by Covid-19.

Michael has held a number of leadership and senior management roles within Bank of Ireland, most recently in his role as Director of Business Banking. In this former role, Michael held responsibility for strategy development and implementation for the SME and motor franchise business, leading significant business transformation and growing the bank’s market share of SME lending.

Michael is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, a Certified Bank Director, holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and a Diploma in Financial Services.

Deirdre Nicholl has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Corporate Banking. Deirdre has worked in Bank of Ireland for over six years and is currently a senior leader within the Group Internal Audit team, where she has held the dual role of Deputy Group Chief Internal Auditor and Head of Audit since 2018. 

In this newly established position, Deirdre will take on a very exciting and strategically important agenda, leading the transformation journey within the division and overseeing Bank of Ireland’s pivot to a Digital Relationship banking model. Deirdre will start her new role in early 2021.  

Deirdre is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, holds a Degree in Business Studies and a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Susan Brown has been appointed to the position of Head of Digital & Operations. Susan is currently Director of the Lending Support Unit in the bank’s Property Finance Group, where she has responsibility for a wide range of business and lending support activities. Susan has also held various roles in Property Finance, including Director (Portfolio) for several years, with her earlier career spent in Private Banking and Business Banking.

Susan will lead the establishment of the new Digital & Operations team within the COO function, while developing a digital strategy for Corporate Banking. Susan holds a Degree in Business Studies, Diploma in Financial Services and a Postgraduate in Managing and Leading People. 


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