Board of Directors

Tony Garry, Chairman

Tony Garry is former CEO of Davy and is currently Chairman of BES Management Ltd and a director of the Irish Stock Exchange.

He began his career in the Department of Labour in 1968, moving to the Central Bank in 1969 and to a senior management role with Allied Irish Investment Bank in 1975, where he became an Associate Director in 1976. In 1979 Tony left AIB to join Davy. He was appointed Chief Executive in 1994 and led the team which completed the Management buyout from Bank of Ireland in October 2006. During his tenure as CEO the business experienced strong growth and remained strongly profitable through the financial crisis years 2007/2011. Numbers employed by Davy grew from 200 to in excess of 550 in the period 1994 to 2015 and Davy also expanded its activities into the UK opening offices in London and Belfast.

Tony holds a B. Comm (1975), an MBS (1977) and was the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Alumnus of the year in 2007. He is also a CFA and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Bernard Horn, Senior Independent Director

Bernard Horn had a long and successful career with NatWest including six years on the Main Board.

His roles included five years as Chief Executive of the International Businesses, and a similar period as Operations Director responsible for Operations and IT. He led significant acquisition and disposal activity whilst with the bank. Since leaving NatWest in 2000 he has developed a portfolio of activities acting both as Chairman and non-executive director – he worked previously with Jim Callan on the Board of Eontec prior to its successful sale to Siebel Systems. He is also involved in an advisory capacity with a number of Charities.

Mark Ryan, Non-Executive Director

A highly experienced director and business leader, Mark Ryan was Country Managing Director of Accenture in Ireland from 2005 until 2014, overseeing a business that employed an Irish workforce of more than 1,600 people. He joined Accenture in 1982 and during his career there he played numerous management and executive roles in delivering major Strategy, IT & Business Change programmes for some of Accenture’s most important clients locally and internationally.

His experience includes: Business Strategy, Financial Services, Information Technology, Organisational Change Management, Business Integration and Outsourcing. Mark personally drove major Gender Equality and Diversity programmes within Accenture and was heavily involved in the setup and development of the Accenture Corporate Citizenship Programme in Ireland working directly with numerous local community organisations.

Mark is a TCD Science graduate and a member of the Institute of Directors. He is currently a member of the Trinity College Provost Advisory Board, The Leinster Rugby Professional Game Board and is on the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) Investment Committee (NTMA). Mark has held key non-executive appointments in the public service, university and arts sectors and currently serves as a non-executive director for a number of organisations including Wells Fargo Bank International, The Abbey Theatre and Touchtech.

James Moran, Non-Executive Director

James Moran is a former partner and former Managing Partner of ByrneWallace. In the early 1980s, he acted as In House Counsel with the former ICC Bank plc. He subsequently specialised in the area of commercial and residential property development and planning law. In recent years he has advised in the area of dispute resolution.

He is a CEDR qualified Mediator and has acted as a Mediator of commercial disputes and has advised parties involved in the mediation of disputes. James is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Solicitor’s Bar Association and the Irish Commercial Mediator’s Association.

Jim Callan, Chief Executive Officer

Jim founded Econiq and has been CEO since the company’s incorporation. Jim’s early career was in retail banking and banking technology in Ireland and the USA. Jim combines deep business experience and market understanding with the technical knowledge and expertise that comes from years of successful project implementations.

He is widely recognised as an innovator in the software sector and was the founder and CEO of Eontec, which was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2004.

Stephen Ryan, Chief Technical Officer

As CTO Stephen leads the Econiq technical development team. He manages all research and development as well as the technical implementation of Conversation Hubs globally.

Prior to joining Econiq Stephen spent eight years as Chief Technical Architect at Eontec where he was heavily involved in the design, development and delivery of the world’s first J2EE based multi-channel banking system.

Dervila Layden, Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Dervila manages all finance, people operations and compliance matters.
She is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years of diverse experience. With a Big 4 audit background, her subsequent career in industry ranges from indigenous start-up to multinational technology (Visio International – later acquired by Microsoft) and to a representative organisation (American Chamber of Commerce Ireland).

In addition she has run her own practice which focused mainly on technology companies and start-ups, working with Eontec and subsequently Econiq during this time. She joined Econiq in an executive capacity in 2014.