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Benefits of an international board and the opening of global markets
In the period following the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, the international funds industry has been subject to critical review by several cohorts including regulators, investors and markets commentators. The volume of new regulatory directives issued in the period has presented new challenges to fund promoters and investors in balancing the need for regulatory compliance with the need to meet the commercial goals of investment vehicles. A substantive focus of the new regulatory regimes has been on the performance, transparency and accountability of the board function. In this new era, investment funds boards must strike a crucial balance between meeting the requirement of regulators and investors.
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Noel Ford has a long and established career in the international financial services industry. He is currently a certified investment funds director and a certified management consultant. He works with several local and international clients as an independent Board director and Chairman. He is a director with Governance Ireland Ltd, a consultancy specialising in the assessment of governance, compliance and risk systems. He is also a regular contributor and presenter at local and international funds industry conferences. Noel Ford was previously the Chief Executive Officer for Skandia Global Funds PLC. He was also the Global Head of Operations for the Skandia Investment Group. Mr Ford has served as Chairman of Skandia Life Ireland Limited and President of Skandia America Securities Inc. Prior to joining Skandia in 2002, Mr Ford was Vice President of Operations for Hemisphere Investment Managers Limited and Managing Director at Globevest Trust Limited, both specialists in hedge fund administration. Mr Ford is a certified investment funds director and a graduate of the Irish Banking Institute/University College Dublin. He holds an MBA in International Business Management from Griffith College Dublin and Nottingham Trent University in the UK. He is also a contributor to the Certified Investment Fund Directors programme with the Irish Banking Institute.