By Harry Keaney
The Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States has a new head.
Pat Keogh, who had been president and chief executive officer of ICCUSA for the last 10 years, has stepped down. His successor is Maurice Buckley, who recently retired as president and CEO of Parmarco Technologies, Inc., a post he had held since 1984.
Buckley’s appointment was made at the annual general meeting of the chamber board in December and has been effective since Jan. 1. At the December meeting, Keogh was appointed vice chairman of the board.
The chairman is Michael Reddy, chairman and CEO of EDS Global Financial Markets Group.
"When I came on board I decided to do it for two years," Keogh told the Echo on Monday. "It’s now 10 years later and for the last couple of years I wanted to retire and do some other things. After all, there is life after the chamber."
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Keogh said that Buckley had just retired from his company and was a founder member of ICCUSA.
The chamber is a non-profit membership organization that promotes mutually beneficial economic relationships between the U.S. and Ireland.
Buckley has served on the chamber’s board of directors for the last five years.
Born near Liverpool, England, he is a graduate of the University of Manchester. Early in his business career, he established MAB Group, based in Europe, manufacturing printing plates and rollers. In 1974, he became chief officer of TMG, a publicly held firm with annual sales in excess of $150 million.
In addition to his role as a corporate chief, Buckley has served as a consultant to several international business organization, including Agnati in Italy; Regno in Japan and Printon Kane in the U.S.