Jack Quann
Jack Quann

14.05 10 Jul 2019


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An Irish woman has been named as the new chief executive of the European banking arm of Wells Fargo.

Fiona Gallagher will take up her new role at Wells Fargo Bank International Unlimited Company (WFBI) on October 1st.

She will report to John Langley - president of Wells Fargo's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) - and be based in Dublin.

She will be responsible for the leadership, management and governance of Wells Fargo's European Bank - including its branches in the UK and Germany.

Ms Gallagher will serve as executive director on the WFBI board.

WFBI offers lending and investment options in 12 currencies and corporate lending in 42 countries.

Ms Gallagher was most recently a managing director and chief country officer for Deutsche Bank in Ireland.

She was also responsible for overseeing local operations across all divisions.

Wells Fargo Fiona Gallagher | Image: Business Wire

Previously, she held a number of leadership positions in Dublin and London.

And before Deutsche Bank, she worked in New York for Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch.

President of Wells Fargo EMEA, John Langley says: "We are delighted to welcome Fiona to Wells Fargo.

"As a bank, we are committed to helping our customers reach their financial goals, and with Fiona's leadership skills, alongside the support of our regional banking team, we are well positioned to grow our European Bank in line with our regional strategic objectives."

Ms Gallagher holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Finance and Marketing Diploma in Business Studies from University College Dublin.

She will succeed Muiris O'Dwyer, who has been acting as the interim CEO of WFBI since August 2018.

Wells Fargo International operates from 31 countries outside the US - including the Cayman Islands, Dublin, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Toronto.

The announcement comes just days after WFBI was fined €5.8m by the Central Bank for "serious failings" in its regulatory reporting capability and compliance.

A spokesperson told Newstalk.com the timing of the fine and Ms Gallagher's appointment are unrelated.


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