“Eugene combines his experience of leading one of Ireland’s top professional firms, his commercial acumen and extensive board experience, with warmth, insight and a deep commitment to his clients.”
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Eugene joined Praesta in 2017, following a career of over 35 years as a corporate lawyer, including 30 years at Arthur Cox, one of Ireland’s leading law firms.
During his career with Arthur Cox Eugene gained significant leadership experience, serving as both Managing Partner and as Chairman of the firm. In those roles, Eugene facilitated and led a number of significant change initiatives and was to the forefront of the mentoring and coaching programmes in the firm. Eugene has a deep understanding of the particular challenges faced by professional services firms, in terms of recruitment, retention and client service.
Eugene is well known in Irish business circles. He has advised the boards of directors of major companies, both in the public and private sector, and of State Bodies on all aspects of corporate governance. He has served as a non-executive director of public and private companies, and companies in the voluntary sector and in the State sector. In the State sector, he was a Non-Executive Board Member of the Health Service Executive for seven years.
Eugene has a particular interest in and knowledge of the third level education sector. He served as Chair of the Governing Body of Dublin Institute of Technology and later as Chair of the DIT Foundation and is currently Chair of the Governing Authority of UCD.
Among the other roles held by him, Eugene was President of Dublin Chamber of Commerce in 2006, the first practising lawyer elected to that position in over two hundred years of its existence.
Eugene holds a Professional Certificate in Coaching (PCC) from the Henley Business School and participated as a Mentor on the Praesta Top Level Cross-Company Mentoring Programme. He graduated from UCD in 1978 with a BCL degree and also holds a Diploma in European Law. He was admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1982 and in Northern Ireland, 1995.
In his spare time, Eugene is interested in most sports. He also enjoys public speaking. He is the author of two biographies, one of the distinguished solicitor Arthur Cox and the other of the noted Irish businessman, Kevin McCourt.