Posted on Tuesday 3 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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First Trust Bank has announced changes to its senior management team which includes the appointment of Des Moore to the new role of Director of Personal and Business Banking.

Former Managing Director, Gerry McGinn has also been appointed to a new role as Regional Executive Director, where he will focus on maintaining and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders in the Northern Ireland market.

The move will also allow Mr McGinn to take up a number of non-executive roles outside the Bank, which support and promote investment in the Northern Ireland economy. This includes his recent appointment as Chair of the Strategic Investment Board.

The bank said that in this new position Mr Moore will lead the Bank's personal and business banking segments across Northern Ireland, to deliver local growth plans and increase market penetration. He has held the role of Head of Customers & Distribution at First Trust Bank since March of this year. The new job will also see him become the First Trust Bank representative on the AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. senior management team.

With over 30 years banking experience, Mr Moore has held senior roles in branch & business banking mortgages and in wealth management, most recently with Bank of Ireland in the Republic of Ireland. He has a strong track record of leading major strategic change programmes to implementation.

Speaking about the new appointments Steve Reid, Managing Director AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. said: "We have been undertaking an important strategic review of our operation in Northern Ireland in order to deliver a streamlined and sustainable operation which will continue to play an active role in local economic activity.

"Des' appointment has been made to ensure we deliver on the next phase of our growth plans and we have every confidence that under his stewardship we will emerge a much stronger organisation.

"Together with Gerry's new strategic role and external focus First Trust Bank will be very much focused on playing an active role in supporting the economic recovery in Northern Ireland."

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