Cork Chamber elected Mr John Mullins as President at the Chamber’s 192nd Annual General Meeting, held on the 9th May 2011 at the Imperial Hotel. Cork Chamber is the leading business organisation in Cork supporting and representing the interests of approximately 1,000 member businesses who employ 80,000 people in the region.
Speaking at the AGM Mr Mullins said that, “It is vitally important for all businesses and citizens of Cork to be led by a New Economic Vision for the Region. We have had as a community enough negativity over the last number of years and we must engage with all stakeholders including in particular the New Government to emphasise the great economic potential present in the Cork Region which is ready to be unlocked.”
Mr Mullins went on to say that his focus during his Presidency would be on:
• The continued promotion of the Cork Region as an investment location;
• Engaging with Government and all stakeholders to support economic development;
• Ensuring the Chamber continued to support all its members with an emphasis on small business which require significant support at this time;
• Developing a New Economic Vision for Cork with local Councils and Agencies;
Mr Mullins in particular highlighted the importance of the development of The North and South Docklands, the construction of a Convention Centre and the establishment of the Cork Science, Innovation and Technology Park as key economic anchors to recovery and growth.
He stated “The Cork Chamber of Commerce is one of the oldest and best established Chambers in the country and it is a very proud honour for me to be elected President at this time. I hope that I can provide strong leadership at a time when economic vision and more importantly its implementation will be important for the shopkeeper and the CEO.”
“It is vitally important also that during my term in office that the Chamber develops a renewed focus on employment by supporting internships, temporary and permanent placements amongst our members. The development of a Skills Register as part of our online service will assist this process”
He went on to say that, “It is also important that Cork Businesses emphasise our Community Spirit by supporting voluntary causes. There are many examples of our members supporting these causes and the Chamber will nominate charities to be supported at our events during my Presidency.”
He concluded by saying that, “I wish to congratulate Ger O’Mahoney for his excellent leadership as President over the last two years and I look forward to his continued support. I also would like to thank the outgoing Board for their hard work and voluntary support for Cork businesses. I look forward to working with our New Board, CEO Conor Healy and the excellent staff at the Chamber in generating a new found optimism for our region, a region with real potential”.
John Mullins was appointed Chief Executive of Bord Gáis in December 2007 and was also appointed to the company’s Board in December 2007 where he sits on the Investment/Infrastructure Committee. He has held senior management positions with Greenstar, ESB, ESB International and PricewaterhouseCoopers and was Chief Executive of Bioverda, part of the NTR plc. Group prior to joining Bord Gáis.