People who are starting a new job in Ireland

Here is a selection of people starting new roles at CarTrawler, Tourism Ireland, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, Starcircle, Allianz Ireland and Fuzion Communications.

Fabrizio Ruggiero has been appointed non-executive director of the board of directors of CarTrawler, a provider of technology solutions for the travel industry. Former CEO of Edenred Italia and former Deputy CEO of Europcar Group, he brings 15 years of experience in the car rental and wider mobility industry to help guide CarTrawler’s next phase of growth. Mr. Ruggiero joins senior travel, technology and mobility executives on the CarTrawler Board of Directors, including Willie Walsh, former CEO of IAG and now CEO of IATA; Laura Merling, Director of Transformation and Operations at Arvest Bank; David Barger, co-founder of JetBlue; and Conor Kehoe, McKinsey investor and head of the private equity practice.

Nadine Lehmann has been appointed Market Manager for Germany at Tourism Ireland. She will take up her duties immediately, based in the Tourism Ireland office in Frankfurt. She has considerable experience at a senior level in the travel industry in Germany, having worked for 21 years with DER Touristik, a major German tour operator and the largest tour operator in mainland Europe to the island of Ireland; as the company’s director of marketing and sales promotion, she has helped integrate marketing campaigns with airlines, hotels and tourist boards around the world. Nadine has led multiple teams and managed staff members who have trained thousands of travel agents. She was also responsible for the prestigious annual Der Touristik Travel Academy.

Andrew Walls has been appointed general manager of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation’s new plant and facility in Shannon, where it plans to create 250 new jobs to reach 850 employees by 2025. Andrew succeeds Nathan Tenzer, who takes on a new role at within the company, based in Irvine, California. Andrew began his career with Edwards Lifesciences and has over 15 years of experience in manufacturing engineering and leading operations within the company’s global supply chain. The company established operations in Ireland in 2018 at a facility in the Shannon Free Zone. For the past 60 years, he has partnered with physicians on heart valve innovations leading to breakthroughs in the treatment of valve disease.

Ciara Byrne has been appointed Chief Revenue Officer of Starcircle, a Cork-based global strategic talent search company. She was previously the Managing Director of Beacon AL. She was also previously Director of International Operations for Airbnb, within Voxpro, helping to generate more than € 50 million in revenue. She holds a BA in Applied Languages ​​from the University of Ulster and a Diploma in International Marketing Management from the College of Marketing and Design, Dublin. Ciara is an advocate for women in technology. She was President of Network Ireland West Cork in 2019. Starcircle’s clients include leading multinationals such as Facebook, Amazon, Dropbox, Cisco, Doordash, Epic Games and Sonos.

Mark Brennan has been appointed marketing manager for insurance company Allianz Ireland. He was previously Marketing Manager at AIB, leading critical marketing programs for the AIB Group’s mortgage portfolio. He was also previously the head of the EBS Mortgage brand, having also worked on the group’s commercial and personal lines of credit, as well as head of digital marketing and innovation for AIB. He also brings extensive advertising agency experience, working in London for ten years on global briefs for Hertz, L’Oréal, Volkswagen and Guinness with leading agencies like DBB and Adam & Eve. Mark holds an MSC in Advertising from TUD and a BA in Economics and Politics from UCD.

Sarah Murphy has been appointed Senior Account Manager in Dublin at Fuzion Communications. She brings ten years of experience in the arts, film, entertainment and events. With Kate Bowe PR, she worked on advertising campaigns in Ireland, including the Hunger Games and Twilight series, as well as the film Dallas Buyers Club by Matthew McConaughey and Brooklyn by Saoirse Ronan. She also worked with Image Media as an event and project manager. She has spent the past two years on freelance projects with established businesses such as florist Joeanna Caffrey Flowers and start-ups such as Sing At Work and the Vipasa handcrafted candle line. Sarah holds a music degree from UCD and a public relations degree from the Fitzwilliam Institute.

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