Frank Ryan

Frank Ryan is Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Ireland since 2003 and a member of the Board of Enterprise Ireland. Frank leads the senior management team working directly with Irish-owned enterprises, helping them to start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland executives support the internationalisation of Irish enterprises and help international buyers connect with and maintain profitable partnerships with businesses in Ireland. This global team is responsible for delivering a range of Enterprise Ireland services, by providing access to expert advice and services and the funding necessary to support start-up, expansion, and R&D business plans. Prior to his current role, Frank held a range of senior positions in the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland and has also worked in the private sector with Irish and multinational technology companies. Frank has considerable experience in a variety of industry sectors and international markets, including the United States where he was based for a period of his career.On becoming CEO of Enterprise Ireland in 2003 Frank led a ‘root and branch’ review of the Agency’s activities which radically changed the structure of the organisation and in particular the client-engagement model. Since then, Frank has led Enterprise Ireland in the development and growth of Irish companies global footprint to a position where client companies now employ in excess of 135,000 people, spend €19 billion in Ireland on wages, raw materials and services and account for exports of €13 + billion. Frank is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, with a M.Sc. in Strategic Management, and of the Advanced Management Programme at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Frank is a member of the Board of Forfás and a member of the Innovation Task Force established by the Taoiseach.