Executive Vice President
Head of U.S. Business Development
Bank of Ireland
Joe Connolly is the Executive Vice President and head of business development for Bank of Ireland’s U.S. Branch. In this capacity, he and his team are responsible for identifying and establishing relationships with the many U.S. multinationals operating in Ireland. Mr. Connolly joined the Bank of Ireland in 1978 and has held a number of senior treasury management positions in Dublin. Earlier in Mr. Connolly's career, he joined the Bank's Global Markets Division's expanding trading team following the Irish Pound breaking its historical link with the Sterling.
In 1983, as the treasury business in Ireland continued to grow rapidly, Mr. Connolly joined the team charged with delivering a high level of treasury service to the Bank’s key Corporate Banking and Retail clients. During this period, Mr. Connolly was consistently the highest ranked income earner on the Customer Sales Desk. In 1988, Mr. Connolly won the inaugural “Dealer of the Year” award in Dublin sponsored by The Finance Magazine.
In 1999, as part of Bank of Ireland's expansion plan into the United States, the Global Markets Division opened a Representative Office in Greenwich, Connecticut and the Corporate Banking Division joined in 2000. In October of 2003, Mr. Connolly relocated to the United States to embark on the Bank of Ireland's aggressive U.S. growth strategy. In 2007, Bank of Ireland’s U.S. presence grew from a Representative Office to a full Branch. Mr. Connolly is responsible for all new business development in the United States and works closely with a number of fast growing Irish companies that have established U.S. subsidiaries in recent years.
Mr. Connolly is a member of the Bank of Ireland Capital Markets US management team. He is also a director of The Ireland – U.S. Council, a business organization founded to promote business opportunities between the two countries. In 2013, Mr. Connolly was named by the Irish America magazine on the “Wall Street 50 list”. The honorees are recognized as the top Irish American and Irish-born leaders in finance.