Dalata Hotel Group has appointed Carol Phelan as its new Group Chief Financial Officer, effective from July.

Ms Phelan's appointment follows the announcement last month that Dermot Crowley, the hotel group's deputy chief executive - Business Development & Finance - is to succeed Pat McCann as CEO.

Carol Phelan joined the company in 2014 and was appointed as Group Head of Financial Reporting, Treasury and Tax in 2017.

Before joining Dalata, Ms Phelan held senior finance positions in Ion Equity and KPMG. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

John Hennessy, Dalata Chairman, said that since joining Dalata in 2014 Ms Phelan has played a pivotal role in the development of the Dalata financial reporting, tax planning and treasury functions.

"The strength of these functions has been demonstrated over the last 12 months as the Group dealt with the impact of Covid-19," he added.

Dermot Crowley, Dalata's CEO Designate, said Ms Phelan has played a central role within the finance team over the last number of years in what was a period of substantial growth for the business - and more recently - during a period of unprecedented challenge for the hotel industry.