Eamonn Crowley, the chief executive of Permanent TSB, has been appointed President of Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI). 

Banking and Payments Federation Ireland represents over 70 member institutions and associates, including licensed domestic and foreign banks and institutions operating here.

Mr Crowley joined Permanent TSB as chief financial officer in March 2017 and was appointed CEO in June 2020. 

Before joining Permanent TSB, he held a number of senior executive roles including chief financial officer of Bank Santander Poland and chief operating officer of AIB's Central and Eastern Europe Division. 

He is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and holds a MBA from University College Dublin.  

Eamonn Crowley said the breadth of the industry and the range of services the BPFI provides brings with it many responsibilities to a wide range of customers and stakeholders. 

"A key priority during my presidency will be the critical role that banks play in wider society, particularly in the areas of sustainability and social responsibility," Mr Crowley said. 

"I am also acutely aware of the support that the industry will need to continue to provide to thousands of customers, from individuals to SMEs, through the Covid-19 pandemic and the follow-on phase of economic rebuilding and recovery," he said.

"We have made significant progress this year in responding quickly with customer supports in the face of a global pandemic and I am committed to building upon this non-competitive collaboration as we continue to evolve banking for the better of all of our customers," he added.