Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade has announced the appointment of Colm Shannon as their new Chief Executive Officer.
The former senior Civil Servant was previously Director of Executive Support and International Relations in the Executive Office, playing a key role in coordinating the response to Brexit. He has also worked across a number of North/South programmes and was Joint Secretary of the North South Ministerial Council in Armagh for four years between 2012 and 2016. Prior to this he worked in a range of senior communication roles.
Welcoming the appointment, Paul Convery President of the Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade said:
“We are delighted to have appointed Colm as our new Chief Executive Officer. This represents a very exciting time for Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade and I am sure that someone of Colm’s experience and track record will further enhance our ambition for the Chamber and deliver our vision and strategy in the years ahead.”
Looking forward to his new role Colm said:
“The Greater Newry Area is a thriving economic region sitting at the centre of the Dublin – Belfast economic corridor. Members of Newry Chamber operate both locally and globally and have made a huge contribution to the economic and social development of the local area.
Despite the many challenges we face, not least of which is Brexit, it is important that we continue to identify the opportunities and partnerships at a local, national and global level that will deliver economic growth for the Greater Newry Area.”
As Chief Executive, Colm will be responsible for delivering on the Chamber’s strategy to promote the area as a premier destination for retail, tourism, investment, entrepreneurship and employment. He will take up his position on the 1st September from outgoing Chief Executive Mary Meehan.