Invest Northern Ireland has named Mel Chittock as interim chief executive of the agency with immediate effect.
This follows outgoing CEO Kevin Holland’s notification of his intention to step down from the role.
Chittock is currently executive director in charge of Finance and Operations at Invest Northern Ireland.
“We have already done so much to help businesses emerge from the recent challenges and to grasp new opportunities. I am confident we can continue to build on this”
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate Mel on his appointment,” said Rose Mary Stalker, chair of Invest NI. “We look forward to working with him, and the wider Executive Leadership team, in the coming months, as we undertake the process to recruit a permanent Chief Executive.
“Mel is an experienced and strong leader with over 20 years’ experience in economic development who will lead the organisation through the current challenging economic environment.
“During this period, he will help shape the organisation and maximise our efficiency and effectiveness to strategically align with, and operationally deliver the 10X Economic Vision and future economic realities.”
Resilience and opportunity
As Covid-19 raged businesses in Northern Ireland demonstrated considerable resilience and grew their way through the crisis.
At the end of a four-year plan, some 36,828 additional jobs were generated between 2016 and 2020 by Northern Ireland businesses.
During this period the businesses saw a £4.1bn increase in total sales and a £1.1bn increase in export sales, Invest Northern Ireland said in its end-of-year report for last year.
“It has been a challenging time for businesses and the economy, particularly over the past two years,” Chittock said. “I hope to continue the good work that Kevin has done, and look forward to working with my colleagues in ELT, the Board, and the Department to ensure Invest NI’s capacity and capability is fit for future purpose.
“We have already done so much to help businesses emerge from the recent challenges and to grasp new opportunities. I am confident we can continue to build on this and, through our continued support to businesses our partnership working, do even more to help grow the NI economy.”