Dermot Desmond - Biography

dermot.jpgDermot Desmond is Chairman of International Investment & Underwriting (IIU), which he founded in 1995. IIU is a private company, operating from the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin, specializing in direct equity investment and underwriting, funds management and capital markets trading.

Prior to IIU, he founded NCB in 1981 and grew the business to become Ireland's largest independent stockbroker. In 1994 he sold NCB to the National Westminster Bank (now The Royal Bank of Scotland).

Through his private equity company IIU, he has investments in a variety of start-up and established businesses worldwide, in the areas of financial services, technology, education, information systems, leisure, aviation, health and sport.

He is Chairman of a charity called 'Respect', which was set-up by the Daughters of Charity to raise funds to develop their services for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He is a Board member of several companies, charities and educational bodies. He is also a trustee of the Chester Beatty Library.

He is a sports enthusiast, an eclectic art collector and a keen golfer with aspirations!

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