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Irish Times MD to be new president of Dublin Chamber

Irish Times MD to be new president of Dublin Chamber

Irish Times MD to be new president of Dublin Chamber

Liam Kavanagh, managing director, The Irish Times

Irish Times managing director Liam Kavanagh is taking over from Patrick Coveney, CEO of Greencore, as president of Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Managing director of HP Ireland Martin Murphy is to be vice-president.

Kavanagh said a key focus during his term was to progress the Chamber’s ‘Activating Dublin’ initiative which is aimed at generating growth and employment in the region.

“Activating Dublin has the ultimate ambition to transform Dublin from a good news story to a great news story. The resources required to realise this are at our disposal, but they have not yet been ‘activated’.

“Over the coming months we will engage with businesses, central Government and Dublin City Council to commence a number of initiatives aimed at generating sustainable business growth and employment.”

The first initiative of the project – Getting Dublin Businesses Online – is entering a pilot phase at the moment.

Initially 20 companies will be equipped with the tools they need to make the transition to online trading. If selected for the pilot, they will be supported by a number of leading international internet service firms.

“Our goal is to get 40pc of Dublin SMEs selling online by the end of 2013,” Kavanagh said.

Kavanagh was appointed managing director of The Irish Times in March 2010 having joined the organisation as chief financial officer in 2000.

He has been a council member of the Dublin Chamber since 2007 and joined its executive committee in early 2011.