Washington, D.C. – On April 22, the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership’s (WIP) board of directors elected Jim Carroll as its third Chair in the organization’s 21-year history.
Carroll has been a member of the WIP Board since 2013 and is currently the Global Managing Director, Government Relations, for Accenture, a global technology, management consulting and outsourcing company. Carroll replaces Kevin J. Sullivan who is stepping down as chairman after nine years of service. Frank Cantrel Jr. is also stepping down after serving as WIP’s Vice Chairman for the past nine years. Both Sullivan and Cantrel will remain on the board.
Anne Anderson, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, noting Ireland’s strong and longstanding support of WIP, commented: “Kevin Sullivan has been a first-rate Chairman of WIP over the past nine years and he leaves a tremendous legacy. With Jim Carroll’s experience and commitment, we are entirely confident that he too will do a stellar job. As WIP navigates its third decade – a time of consolidation and renewal – we are fortunate to have Jim at the helm.”
Carroll joined Accenture in 2001 and has served in a variety of leadership positions. He is also active in other philanthropic organizations including Junior Achievement USA and Best Buddies International.
“WIP is doing an outstanding job of developing leaders across the island of Ireland both for today and tomorrow”, Carroll said. “Congratulations to Kevin Sullivan and Frank Cantrel for their strong leadership of the WIP Board and for taking significant steps to advance and expand the organization’s mission. I am honored to continue this important work.”
Norman Houston, the Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau commented, “I am delighted to welcome Jim Carroll to this prestigious position and I wish him well as he takes over the helm from Kevin Sullivan, who has done such a wonderful job as chairman. Jim Carroll’s business acumen combined with his passion to help and nurture the future business and political leaders of Northern Ireland means there are exciting times ahead for all of us. I wish him every success.”
The WIP board also selected two new Vice Chairs: David Gavaghan, Vice Chair of CBI Northern Ireland and former Executive Director of Titanic Quarter, and Kristin Leary, Principal of Leary Ventures, a government relations consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
Jake Brody (Accenture & WIP Guest Speaker), Rachel Bergin (WIP Alumna), Jim Carroll (WIP Chair), Susan Hoffman (Public Service Partner at Crowell & Moring and WIP Host Family), Ciara Buckley (WIP Alumna) and Shauna Wood (WIP Alumna) – at the Residence of the Irish Ambassador to the USA.