At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) this week, AsIAm officially appointed Alan Cox as the new chairman of the charity.
Mr Cox is chief executive of Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, and previously served as a director on the board of TAM (TV Audience Measurement) Ireland. The chartered director has also worked with Ogilvy, an international media and PR company, and is a former CEO of Carat Ireland marketing and advertising agency. He will replace Fintan Tierney, AsIAm’s founding chairman, who has been a strident campaigner for the rights of autistic people and made a huge contribution in this role over the last decade.
AsIAm chief executive Adam Harris said he was delighted to welcome Alan Cox on board, and paid testament to the stewardship of Mr Tierney.
“AsIAm would like to warmly welcome the appointment of Alan Cox as chairman of the organisation. He is a hugely experienced professional who founded and grew Core into the strategic and influential company it is today. We believe his skills and attributes over a lengthy career will contribute hugely to the important and growing work of AsIAm, across Irish society. I would also like to say a huge and heartfelt thanks to Fintan Tierney – without whom AsIAm would not exist, or have grown into what it has become today.
“His spirit, dedication, leadership and ambition over the last 10 years has brought the charity to a whole new level, and we could never have predicted such immense growth and outreach. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of organisations like AsIAm to both lobby for, and champion, the rights of autistic people and their contribution to aspects of Irish life. I look forward to working with Alan as we embark on a new strategy of service expansion, and I wish Fintan the best in his future and bestow heartfelt thanks from all in the charity.”