O’Hare drops Tesco for Virgin Media role

Eamonn O’Hare has sealed a deal with Virgin Media to be its CFO. The current
Tesco UK finance director was apparently overlooked to replace Andrew Higginson
for the group FD role earlier this year, losing out to Laurie McIlwee, former
distribution director at Tesco. Many headhunters and speculators suggested maybe
it was time for O’Hare to leave after that decision.

O’Hare begins in November. He spent ten years at PepsiCo in several senior
finance positions including finance director of its Middle Eastern operations
and replaces Jerry Elliot at Virgin Media.

It’s also all change at Baker Tilly, which has killed five birds with one
stone by making several recruitments, including three as partner.

Tony Summers, who has particular expertise in media and technology, leads the
way as audit partner in the firm’s Sussex office. He spent the previous ten
years at PwC, latterly as senior manager in the London mid-tier division.

The Bristol office welcomes Paul Falvey as tax partner. Previously at Grant
Thornton, in the same role, he has over 20 years experience and specialises in
advising smaller quoted companies. Neil Thomas takes on the audit partner role
at the Bromley office and will be responsible for growing the practice.

Alison Chapman, who was previously at Vantis for ten years, becomes senior
private client tax manager in Tunbridge Wells. John Kingsley meanwhile is
promoted to tax partner from tax director in the Brighton office.

Also in practice, Alexander Myerson & Co promotes Paul Burns to associate
partner from audit manager. Burns joined the firm in 2005 as accounts and audit

Tenon’s former director of audit is now business development partner at
Alliott. Cairn joins the firm with the intention to focus on SMEs and
not-for-profit enterprises.

Previously he was trustee and chair of the audit committee for Action 4

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