The Irish Exporters Association has named Patrick Joy, founder and director of Suretank Group and 2013 Irish EY Entrepreneur of the Year, as its new president.
Patrick Joy has been actively involved in the IEA’s National Council for nearly eight years, playing a crucial role in the association during this time.
The IEA said that Mr Joy has decades of experience in business, entrepreneurship and international trade, and understands better than most the challenges faced by importers and exporters alike across Ireland and Europe and how to address them.
IEA’s chief executive Simon McKeever, said, “the past year has been quite a challenge for everyone, but 2022 shows a lot of promise. The IEA is growing and innovating, working hard to develop new solutions to assist our members face the on-going Covid-19 crisis, the ramifications of Brexit, the transition towards more sustainable trade and investment, trade compliance, and more. I have no doubt that Patrick will be an excellent President during this busy year for trade in Ireland.”
Patrick Joy said the past year has been difficult in terms of all the hurdles Irish businesses have had to deal with, and there is no doubt that 2022 will bring its share of obstacles.
Mr Joy said, “I believe it is paramount for Irish exporters to be represented well when important policy discussions and decisions are being made, and I look forward to taking a full part in that process.”
“As President, I will work hard to ensure that the IEA continues to support and assist Irish exporters at a regional, national and European level. We have a very ambitious year ahead, in which Covid-19, Brexit and sustainable trade and investment will be at the heart of our work on behalf of IEA members,” he added.