Archie Kane to step down as Bank of Ireland chairman later this year

Bank says selection process to identify a successor ‘underway’

Bank of Ireland chairman Archie Kane is to step down from this position later this year. Mr Kane has been in the role since mid-2012 and is stepping down as "originally planned", according to the bank.

Mr Kane was chairman of Bank of Ireland plc and governor of the company. In a short statement, published on Wednesday, Bank of Ireland said a selection process was “underway to appoint a new chairman and governor”.

The date of his departure will be announced in “due course”.

Mr Kane's decision to step aside comes less than five months after Richie Boucher stood down as group chief executive to be replaced by Francesca McDonagh.


Bank of Ireland is due to publish its annual results on February 26th, when it is expected to announce it first dividend to shareholders since the crash in late 2008.

The company will hold its agm on April 20th and an investor day on June 13th.

Bank of Ireland’s annual report for 2016 shows that he received an annual non-pensionable salary of €394,000 for his role as chairman and governor. In addition, he had a consultancy arrangement with the bank’s UK subsidiary, for which he received a fee of €59,000.

He also received an accommodation, utilities and car allowance of €37,000, to bring his total remuneration to €490,000.

Ciarán Hancock

Ciarán Hancock

Ciarán Hancock is Business Editor of The Irish Times