DUBLIN, (Reuters) – Ireland said on Tuesday it would ban banks from promoting their chief executives to chairmen and put a stop to directors holding multiple positions as part of an overhaul of its corporate governance rules.
Ireland is anxious to restore its position as a venue for international finance after a series of scandals around nationalised lender Anglo Irish.
“I made it clear that cross directorships in banks and other private companies and the promotion of chief executives to chairman positions in banks has to be stopped and will be stopped,” Finance Minister Brian Lenihan told state broadcaster RTE after meeting business leaders in the City of London.
“I have to say I found that message was very well received in the City.”
Anglo Irish’s former chairman Sean FitzPatrick admitted last year that he had kept shareholders in the dark about 84 million euros worth of loans he had received from the bank. The admission triggered a boardroom purge and Anglo’s eventual state takeover.
FitzPatrick had previously been chief executive of the commercial property lender and in addition to resigning as chairman also resigned as chairman of packaging group Smurfit Kappa and as a director at Greencore and Aer Lingus in the wake of the scandal.