The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has announced that John Mulcahy, board member and head of asset management, is to retire from both positions with effect from the end of February 2014.
He was appointed to the Board of NAMA by the Minister for Finance in March 2012 and was appointed NAMA’s head of asset management in April 2012.
He is a chartered surveyor and has worked in all aspects of the property industry for over 40 years, most recently concentrating on property investment and asset management.
Mulcahy will be succeeded as head of asset management by Mary Birmingham who is currently a senior asset manager in the agency and who has extensive experience of the property industry.
Frank Daly, Chairman of NAMA, said: “John has made an enormous contribution to the development of NAMA over the past four years. On behalf of the Board, I wish to thank him for his contribution and for the insight, expertise and sound judgement that he brought to his work. We will very much miss him, both personally and professionally.
“I welcome Ms Mary Birmingham as the newly-appointed Head of Asset Management and wish her every success in what is a key role.”
Brendan McDonagh, NAMA chief executive, said: “John was a pivotal presence both before and since the establishment of NAMA. It would have been very much more difficult to deal with the scale of the challenge that we faced four years ago without the undoubted expertise of John who was, and is, widely respected in the property business.
“His deep understanding of the property markets, domestically and internationally, coupled with his innate calmness, wit, wisdom and guidance were immense assets to NAMA and to me personally. We wish him a long and fulfilling retirement.
“I congratulate Mary Birmingham on her appointment as Head of Asset Management. Mary has made a very strong contribution to the work of NAMA since its establishment and I am delighted that we have a person of her calibre available to fill such a challenging position.”