Appointment of new ACOI CEO    

ACOI is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Kavanagh to the role of Chief Executive Officer. 

Prior to his appointment, Michael was Director of DPP with KPMG Ireland, CEO of IAASA (The Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority) having held the position of Head of Financial Reporting Supervision with the organisation.

Michael established Ireland’s statutory accounting enforcement function (tasked with examining whether the financial reports of listed entities comply with financial reporting standards) and oversaw the establishment of Ireland’s statutory Audit Inspection regime (tasked with inspecting the quality of audit work conducted by Ireland’s large audit firms).

Michael was the Irish Observer at the Corporate Reporting Council of the FRC which produces UK and Irish accounting standards. He was also Ireland’s representative at ESMA’s European Enforcers Co-ordination Sessions which is tasked with co-ordinating accounting enforcement across Europe having chaired a number of ESMA sub-committees.

He has represented the State and the accounting profession at various European and international fora including chairing various committees both domestically and intentionally. In the past he was also a member of the Accounting Consultative Committee of CCAB-I and chair of the CPA Institute's Financial Reporting Committee. Prior to that he was the Technical Director and headed up the practice review function at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has acted in the past as examiner, lecturer, solution writer and moderator for a number of accountancy bodies’ professional exams and was a frequent presenter on auditing and accounting matters at accountancy body Continuing Professional Development events. Michael has a B.Comm degree, is a qualified accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA Ireland) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).