Belfast man heads US agency to boost investment

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A KPMG boss who grew up in a family of nine in West Belfast is to help boost US investment in Northern Ireland.

haun Kelly, the New York-based chief operating officer of KPMG, has been appointed to a new coast-to-coast board announced by the Premier and Deputy Prime Minister during their visit to the United States this week.

Mr. Kelly, who received an honorary doctorate from Queen’s last year, will represent the east coast of the United States on the board.

Premier Arlene Foster said the body would help the executive accelerate U.S. investment opportunities.

“It will also use its networks and connections to reach new potential investors,” she added.

A graduate of UCD, Mr Kelly previously worked in the field of business turnaround in Northern Ireland and in interviews recalled that he had acted as receiver at the Europa Hotel for a period in which it had been bombed twice.

John Hartnett, managing director of investment firm SVG Partners and director of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, will chair the board on the west coast.

Deputy Prime Minister Martin McGuinness said Hartnett was “very well known in the tech industry in the United States and Ireland” and that the United States was already our biggest investor, he said. declared. “With the support of the Advisory Board and the continued work of Invest NI, we hope to continue this trend and secure even more investments,” he added.

Mr. Hartnett is a graduate of the University of Limerick. He served on Hillary Clinton’s Northern Ireland committee during his tenure as Secretary of State. He is also chairman of Belfast-based medical device company SiSaf Ltd.

The council will have up to six members in the east and west and is expected to be operational by the summer.

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