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Board of Directors

Eugene McCague
Eugene McCague
Chairman

Eugene joined the board of Appian in September 2017, following his retirement as a partner in Arthur Cox, one of Ireland's leading law firms. He has over 35 year’s experience as a corporate lawyer, specialising in corporate governance as well as being involved in a wide range of corporate advisory and transactional work. He served as both Managing Partner and Chairman of Arthur Cox. He has been involved as a non-executive director of public and private commercial companies, State boards and not for profit companies. He was President of Dublin Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Chair of the Governing Authority of University College Dublin.

Patrick J Lawless
Patrick J Lawless
Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Lawless founded Appian in 2002, after completing the management buy-out of the private client arm of Aberdeen Asset Management Ireland Limited.
He has over 30 years' investment experience in the asset management business and previously held leadership roles in Davy , ABN AMRO and Aberdeen Asset Management. Patrick is a qualified Investment Analyst and is a member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute .
Patrick also sits on the Committee of Management of the Irish Forestry Unit Trust (IFUT) and is a Director of the Irish Association of Investment Managers.

Enda McKenna
Enda McKenna
Chief Operating Officer and Director

Enda joined Appian in 2019 and is Director of Operations. He is a graduate of the University of Limerick and trained as a Chartered Accountant. He has gained over 20 year’s experience in financial services initially with NCB Stockbrokers and more recently with the Merrion Capital Group where he was Chief Financial Officer for 9 years. He is a Registered Stockbroker, Qualified Financial Advisor and is also a member of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland holding a Professional Diploma in Compliance.

Jennie Power
Jennie Power
Director

Jennie joined Appian in December 2019 and is Head of Compliance and Risk. Jennie is a compliance professional with over 15 years’ experience at a senior level within financial services having worked at executive team roles in firms such as Rabobank, Danske and permanent tsb. Jennie joins Appian from Barclays Bank Ireland where she held the positions of the European Head of Financial Crime and MLRO and before that, Country Head of Compliance, MLRO and Data Protection Officer. Jennie is a graduate of UCD, with a B. Comm and qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC. She is a fellow of Chartered Accountants (FCA) Ireland and holds Licentiate membership of the Association of Compliance Officers (LCOI). Jennie is currently an INED on the board of the charity of DEBRA Ireland.

Pat Cox
Pat Cox
Non-Executive Director

Pat joined the Board of Appian in October 2017. He was formerly President of the European Parliament (2002 – 2004), being elected on 15 January 2002, having served as an MEP, Munster from 1989. He served as a TD for Cork South Central (1992-1994). He was General Secretary of the Progressive Democrats (1986-1989). Pat is President of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe, Lausanne, Switzerland. He is also a member of the Appointment Advisory Committee, of the European Investment Bank. He holds many honours/awards including Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur, France and Commandeur de l”ordre des Palmes académiques, France and national honours in Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Poland and Romania.

Greg Lawless
Greg Lawless
Non-Executive Director

A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Greg joined the board of Appian in May 2003. Greg is a director and significant shareholder in Arena Group Limited in the UK and Hireall Limited and Caterhire Limited in Ireland. Prior to this he worked for Deloittes and KPMG in Dublin and Minneapolis and was subsequently a director at Davy Corporate Finance, the corporate finance arm of Davy Stockbrokers.

Tony McArdle
Tony McArdle
Non-Executive Director

Tony Joined our board in February 2015. He was previously a director of Ulster Bank where he had been head of corporate banking and chief executive of retail banking as well as holding a number of other senior positions. After leaving Ulster Bank in 2002, Tony held a number of non-executive directorships including Kingspan Group plc and is currently a non-executive director of several large private companies