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Ulster Professorial Role for CBI Chairman Terence Brannigan

14 July 2010

Prominent Northern Ireland business leader Terence Brannigan has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster.

Mr Brannigan, who is the Chairman of the CBI in Northern Ireland and founder of resource™, Northern Ireland’s largest private sector employer, will join the Ulster Business School at the University.

He brings with him a wealth of business experience and commercial savoir-faire. His professorial role will involve him in a variety of activities including the delivery of masterclasses, involvement in the practical business assignments undertaken by students, and the business advisory fora within the Ulster Business School.

Mr Brannigan said: “It is a great privilege and honour to receive this appointment and I am looking forward to playing whatever part that I can in supporting the University of Ulster in the delivery of its very prestigious, successful and wide-ranging business programmes.”

Mr. Brannigan held a number of senior executive positions with Compass Group, including Group Sales & Marketing Director and Divisional Managing Director.

He later served as Chief Executive of the newly-established Defence Division, which was subsequently developed into the $1.7bn Compass Global Division with responsibility for global acquisitional and organic development of remote site and defence services businesses across 48 countries.

On his return to the UK in 2003, Mr. Brannigan established and built the company’s Managed Services Division. This fledgling Division delivered a package of soft services (catering, cleaning, vending, security, reception, mailroom etc) to large, blue-chip, multi-site clients across the UK and Ireland.

From a standing start, the division grew into a £150m business within two and a half years.

Mr. Brannigan is also a Trustee of the Pushkin Trust, a board member of The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland and is a Trustee on the board of the George Best Foundation.

Welcoming Mr. Brannigan’s appointment, Professor Marie McHugh, Dean of the Ulster Business School, said: “We are delighted to have Terence Brannigan – who is such a well known and distinguished figure from the business community – join us as a Visiting Professor at the Ulster Business School.

"The appointment of such a prominent CBI figure in this role is yet another reflection of the significant emphasis that we place on the active engagement of the Ulster Business School with the business community so as to ensure that the work we do as a School is highly relevant and meets the needs of business in the region”.