Bank of Ireland has appointed Eamonn Hughes as its Chief Sustainability & Investor Relations Officer.

Mr Hughes joins Bank of Ireland from Goodbody Stockbrokers, where he held the role of Irish Banks and Insurance Sector Analyst since 2004.

A chartered accountant, he also previously served as Head of the European Banks Team in ABN AMRO.

Francesca McDonagh, Group CEO of Bank of Ireland, said that sustainability, including the provision of sustainable finance, is integral to the bank's strategy underpinning its support for communities, customers and investors.

"Climate change is an existential threat to our world, and we believe that banking, and Bank of Ireland, has a major role to play in this battle," Ms McDonagh said.

The Bank of Ireland CEO said the bank last week welcomed the publication of the Climate Action Plan for Ireland, which she said was "an ambitious strategy which requires equally ambitious partners".

"Our Responsible & Sustainable Business Strategy supports this national effort and assists customers and communities on their transition to a net zero economy," she added.

"Ambition and plans are important, but investing in the talent, experience and vision to deliver is crucial to its success," Ms McDonagh said.

"Eamonn will guide and implement our sustainability strategy, while also playing a critical role in managing our global capital markets reputation leading our investor relations activity. Given his strong experience, reputation and track record, I am confident that Eamonn can ensure that Bank of Ireland delivers on our ambitions across these important areas," she added.