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Naomi Kirwan ING

ING UK has announced 18 staff are being promoted to Director in the 2017 promotions round and that more than half of the new Directors are women. It comes after the launch of ING’s Diversity Manifesto around the globe in 2016 and suggests efforts to strengthen the pipeline of female talent in the bank in London are gaining traction.

In total, 59 colleagues in the UK were promoted in the 2017 round, 12 to Associate/Manager, 26 to Vice President, 18 to Director and three to Managing Director. The promotions are effective from 1 April 2017.

Head of ING UK, Ireland and Middle East Gerald Walker said the promotions process is designed to maximise fairness and transparency, with each candidate nominated and required to present to a panel of senior leaders.

“We aim to foster strength and depth of talent in our workforce that reflects the diverse world we live in. This is why I am pleased that 10 of our 18 newly-promoted directors are part of our pipeline of female talent – and, moreover, that they work across our organisation in support and front office roles as diverse as Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Legal and Risk,” said Walker.

“Our promotion decisions are always made based on merit irrespective of the gender of the candidate.”

New Director Naomi Kirwan, who works in Financial Markets in Global Securities Finance (GSF) Sales, is one of 10 women promoted to Director and participated in a six-month career coaching programme for female talent last year. She said: “Since joining ING just over two years ago I have had many opportunities to grow my career. This includes developing my role to market GSF across Europe, as well as training and coaching to further build my management skills. In my promotion panel interview, I was able to pitch this and being promoted to Director feels like an acknowledgement of this work.”

ING UK is proud to be a certified as a Top Employer UK 2017 by the Top Employers Institute.

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