Fingal Dublin Chamber founder Tony Lambert is stepping down as its chief executive after 17 years in the role.
Tony was the organisation’s first president when it started in 1994 and under his stewardship it has grown into largest business network in the region, with almost 350 members.
He spearheaded the merger of the D15 and Fingal chambers, represented a strong voice for business interests at local government level, and championed the importance of Dublin Airport as a major economic hub for the area.
Tony said he was stepping down to make way for new blood and to travel more – admitting he’s quietly counting down the days until he departs for a well-earned holiday in Sicily on July 1.
He told The Gazette: “I have decided to step down as CEO from June 30. I feel the time is right to hand over the reins to a new person who can take it to the next level.
“The chamber needs to prepare for a smart technology-driven future for businesses, and that can best be done with a new CEO in place.
“This is something I have been planning for a while as I want to pursue a number of things I have been neglecting, including some business consultancy and some travelling which I was putting on the long finger.
“This is a new beginning for me and I am looking forward to it.”
On behalf of the board, Chamber president Guy Thompson thanked Tony for his tireless dedication and his passion, energy and drive to lobbying on its behalf.
Paul Reid, chief executive of Fingal County Council, said: “Tony Lambert has made a valuable contribution to business in Fingal over the past 23 years.”
Meanwhile food group Aryzta has appointed Dublin Airport Authority boss Kevin Toland as its new chief executive.
The daa board will now begin the process of recruiting a new chief executive.
Toland said he had enjoyed his time with the company, adding: “I have learned so much from my time with daa and am so proud of the fantastic job that our staff do for our customers and passengers across the globe on a daily basis.”