The board of Enterprise Ireland has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer Leo Clancy.

Mr Clancy is currently Head of Technology, Consumer and Business Services at IDA Ireland.

Previously he had been Service Delivery Director at telecoms network provider Enet.

Mr Clancy is an Electronic Engineer and started his career with a number of engineering, technical and service delivery roles in Ericsson.

Terence O’Rourke, Chairman of Enterprise Ireland, said he is looking forward to working with Mr Clancy.

"One of his initial projects will be to oversee the completion and implementation of Enterprise Ireland's new strategy for indigenous Irish industry to secure continued growth for the decade ahead, expanding the scale and reach of Irish businesses with increased focus on issues such as the transition to a low carbon economy and the further digitalisation of Irish enterprise," he said.

In a statement, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar congratulated Mr Clancy on his appointment.

"I am looking forward to working with him as the Government continues to empower Irish businesses to grow their markets, create jobs and contribute to the national economic recovery.

"Enterprise Ireland has a crucial role in the Government’s programme for reigniting and renewing the Irish economy in the wake of Covid-19 and ensuring Irish Enterprise thrives in a post-Brexit world.

"In particular, the agency will support the strengthening of SMEs, focus on the key role of job creation in all parts of Ireland and help to build a more climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable economy," he said.

Enterprise Ireland recently reported strong results which showed that its clients employ over 220,000 people across Ireland and had exports of €25.6bn in 2019.