CeADAR, Ireland's Centre for Applied AI, has named Bronagh Riordan, Primark's Head of Data & Analytics as the new chair of its Industry Steering Board.

The appointment makes Ms Riordan the first female chair of any technology centre in Ireland.

The Technology Centre programme is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland and there are eight technology centres in Ireland.

Headquartered at NexusUCD, CeADAR has more than 90-member companies across a wide span of industries and is one of only 30 Digital Innovation Hubs across the EU focused specifically on delivering AI services to industry.

"I am honoured to be taking up the mantle as Chair of the CeADAR board and my role is to support the team at CeADAR with regards to its overall vision and strategic direction and to provide strong leadership to the board," said Ms Riordan.

"I want to supercharge the board and leverage the experience of each individual member to help drive the centre's innovation agenda.

"I am also very proud to be first female chair of any technology centre in Ireland, increasing the visibility and representation of women in critical technical Data & Analytics roles and pushing forward the diversity and inclusion agenda in this space," she added.

Edward McDonnell, Director of CeADAR said they are delighted to appoint Ms Riordan as chair.

"Since she joined our board three years ago, she has brought her energy, enthusiasm and practical perspectives to the Board and we look forward to her tenure as CeADAR expands its national profile.

"CeADAR actively pursues diversity in its workforce and we are delighted that such a high-calibre individual as Bronagh will chair the Board and be such a positive role model for everyone," he added.