Kevin Holland stepping down as Invest NI boss just over two years into role

Kevin Holland is stepping down as Chief Executive of Invest NI.

Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 4:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 4:28 pm
Kevin Holland

Mr. Holland took on the role just over two years ago - replacing Alastair Hamilton,

He has notified the Board of his intention to step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer.

He said: “I joined Invest NI in 2019 after many years building international businesses around the world. Since then, I have been truly impressed by the successful businesses and people I have met here, as well as the expertise and commitment of the Invest NI team. There are clear centres of excellence where Northern Ireland is truly world class.

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“I am proud of the positive impact we made through both the pandemic and economic uncertainties arising from the UK’s exit from the EU.

“Now, as Invest NI enters its next planning cycle, I have decided to pass on the leadership role and to focus on a new area."

Rose Mary Stalker, Chair of Invest NI said: “Both personally, and on behalf of the Board, I would like to place on record our appreciation and thank Kevin for the dedication and direction he has provided to Invest NI during a particularly challenging time brought about by the impact of Brexit and the global pandemic.

"During this time, Kevin has led the organisation in the delivery of emergency aid schemes and set up recovery plans for the region whilst maintaining Invest NI’s wide range of business programmes.

“We wish Kevin every success in the next chapter of his career.

“The process to recruit a new CEO will be initiated as soon as possible and interim arrangements will be announced over the coming days.”