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On September 11, 2009, Declan Kelly was appointed to the post of Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland by U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Until July 2009, Mr. Kelly had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer of FTI Consulting, one of the world’s leading international consulting companies. In his role at FTI, a 3500 person business with a market capitalization in excess of $2 billion, Mr. Kelly was responsible for the operational integration of the company’s various businesses in more than 20 countries around the world. He also had responsibility for corporate strategy, global business development, global client management and all of the company’s marketing and communications functions.
Prior to taking an executive officer position at FTI, Mr. Kelly was Chairman and CEO of Financial Dynamics in the United States and Chairman of Financial Dynamics in Ireland. Financial Dynamics (FD) is one of the world’s largest and most successful financial communications companies. Mr. Kelly was a member of the senior management team which sold Financial Dynamics to FTI Consulting in September of 2006.
Mr. Kelly had become part of the Financial Dynamics business when he sold his company, Gallagher and Kelly Public Relations to FD at the start of the decade. Prior to that he held a number of senior management positions with other leading communications companies in Dublin.
Mr. Kelly began his career as a journalist and formerly worked for the Nenagh Guardian and Tipperary Star newspapers in Tipperary before joining The Cork Examiner newspaper in the mid 1990’s. He was selected as the recipient of the AT Cross Business Journalist of The Year Award in 1994.
A graduate of National University of Ireland (Galway), Mr. Kelly now serves as the Chairman of the University’s US Foundation Board.
He has been recognized on a number of occasions for business excellence and his work in the not for profit sector. Last year he was the recipient of the American Irish Historical Society’s gold medal, given annually to one person deemed to have made a unique contribution to Irish American society.