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New Chief Executive Officer of National Irish Bank

Stock Exchange Announcement No 11/2005
The Danske Bank Group has appointed Andrew Healy, 38, new Chief Executive Officer of National Irish Bank in the Republic of Ireland. Mr Healy will take up his new position on September 1, 2005, and will simultaneously become member of the Board of Directors of National Irish Bank and Danske Bank’s Executive Committee.

Mr Healy comes to Danske Bank from Ulster Bank (owned by Royal Bank of Scotland) where he has been employed since 1987, most recently as Managing Director of Retail Banking for Northern Ireland – a portfolio which included responsibility for the bank’s branch network as well as its SME and bancassurance operations. He also served as deputy to the Chief Executive of Ulster Bank’s Retail business for the island (North and South) of Ireland since 2003 and is the current chairman of the Northern Ireland Bankers Association.

Mr Healy will succeed John Trethowan, who has served as acting CEO of National Irish Bank following Danske Bank’s acquisition of Northern Bank and National Irish Bank in February 2005. Mr Trethowan will continue as a member of the Board of Directors and the management of National Irish Bank.