Chairman and Non-Executive Director
Des O’Shea was appointed to the board of Pepper Australia Pty Ltd in March 2014. He is also a non-executive director of Ulster Bank Limited and Ulster Bank Ireland Limited (where he is Chair of the Audit Committee in both banks and a member of the Risk Committees), Open Joint Stock Company Orient Express Bank in Russia (where he is a member of the Finance Committee), GTLK Europe Limited, of GTLK 5 737 Limited and Byblos Bank in Lebanon (where he is a member of the Risk Committee).
In November 2011, Mr O’Shea retired from GE Capital after 14 years during which he held a variety of senior roles including Chief Risk Officer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of M&A for GE Money in Europe which was GE Capital’s largest and most successful and profitable business in Europe. From 2008 to 2011, he was responsible for GE’s investments and partnerships in banks in high growth emerging markets such as Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, Central America and Columbia and served on the boards of these banks. He also led a major divestment program for GE Capital Global Banking. From 1981 to 1991, Mr O’Shea worked for Ulster Investment Bank in Corporate Banking and headed up its IFSC activities. He also worked with Woodchester Investments Plc, Cambridge Group and Arthur Andersen.
Mr O’Shea has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.