Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has announced the appointment of Anne O'Leary to its Irish leadership team.

She will join the company in September as Vice-President of the Mid-Market Business division for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Ms O'Leary has been CEO of Vodafone Ireland since February 2013, having spent five years as Enterprise Director.

At Vodafone, she oversaw the nationwide rollout of 4G and most recently 5G.

At Meta, Ms O'Leary will lead a large sales team that supports small and medium businesses across Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

"Anne joins us at an exciting time as we continue to expand our business tools across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp and as we create new opportunities for businesses in VR and the metaverse," said Angie Gifford, Meta's VP of Global Business Group for EMEA said.

Anne O'Leary said she was excited to start a new chapter working with the Meta team.

"In an ever more competitive digital economy, I look forward to connecting with, and supporting, small and medium businesses across Europe, Middle East & Africa to evolve with digital change, embrace transformation and the tools that will help them to grow and scale their businesses across the world," she said.

In a statement, Vodafone described Ms O'Leary as an extraordinary leader, advisor and guide to those around her.

"She will be missed by her friends and colleagues at Vodafone Ireland who wish her the very best in this new chapter," the company said.

Vodafone said that Ms O'Leary's successor will be announced in due course.