ESB appoints its first woman chair Ellvena Graham

28 Jul 2015

ESB has appointed the first woman to chair the company, Ellvena Graham.

ESB has appointed the first woman to chair the company, Ellvena Graham, a seasoned Ulster Bank executive who held leadership positions with the bank over 30 years.

Graham has been a non-executive member of the board of ESB since 2010 and has been acting chairperson since the retirement of the former chairperson in January 2015.

ESB employs almost 7,200 people and had earnings of €1.4bn and an operating profit of €684m in 2014.

Its group of companies includes ESB Networks, ESB International and ESB Telecom and it recently launched the SIRO broadband joint venture with Vodafone, which will cover 50 towns around Ireland with 1Gbps fibre broadband.

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Announcing the appointment, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White TD said: “I am delighted that the Government accepted my recommendation to appoint Ms Graham as the first female chairperson of the ESB.

“I believe that her stewardship will contribute to the continued success of the ESB group of companies, which plays an important role in the Irish energy market from generation through to retail energy supply.”

Graham was selected following a competitive selection process. She has been employed by Ulster Bank for more than 30 years, with her most recent executive positions including chief operating officer, managing director SME Banking and head of Ulster Bank Northern Ireland.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years