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Simon McKeever

Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association




Simon McKeever has over 20 years’ international working experience in developing businesses and an outstanding track record in development of trade, trade policy and strategy across Ireland and the UK.

Simon joined the Irish Exporters Association as Chief Executive in October 2013 where he is responsible for leading a team of 20 people who work with companies across the Irish export industry, including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland. Simon drives the direction of the organisation as the leading, enabling and connecting force for Irish exporters, providing practical knowledge and support across the Island of Ireland and in foreign markets.

Prior to Simon taking up his current position as Chief Executive, he spent 3 years as Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Dublin, which placed him at the forefront of joint trade strategy between Ireland and the UK, where he developed a close working relationship between UK Trade and Investment and Enterprise Ireland. Simon was the driving force behind the creation of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, and his leadership on the Agri-food agenda created a joint initiative that has kicked off the first Irish British Food Business Innovation Summit in Dublin.

Simon’s career to date encompassed senior executive roles in global financial markets and business consultancy in Ireland. Simon spent 18 years working in global financial markets, with RBC, TD and AIB Capital Markets. He is widely travelled and has been at the forefront of developing considerable business in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the UK, in a business development capacity, winning new customers and rolling out new products.