Declan Kearney is senior advisor in the FTI Consulting strategic communications practice and is based in Dublin.
Declan is a graduate of Economics and Business Studies at Trinity College Dublin. He recently joined FTI following 15 years at Aer Lingus. He has more than 25 years’ senior executive experience managing Corporate Communications, Customer Service, Human Resources, Operations and Strategic Planning functions across a range of large multi-national and indigenous companies in diverse business sectors. Declan worked in both Commercial and Human Resources with leading Irish telecoms company Eircom and in Customer Service and Human Resources roles with worldleading logistics firm United Parcel Service.
Over a 15-year period at Aer Lingus he held several key management positions, heading-up the Performance and Reward, Customer Services, In-flight Operations, Business Planning and Communications functions. He is an accomplished communicator with widespread corporate communications, internal communications and media relations experience.
During his 8-year tenure as Director of Communications at Aer Lingus Declan and his communications team successfully navigated hostile takeover bids and multiple industrial relations and operational crises. He advised three Chief Executives and drove significant improvements in the airline's corporate reputation devising and implementing a stake-holder engagement strategy and an integrated comms plan to highlight the airline's turnaround story, its profitable growth strategy, its contribution to the Irish economy and its need to join forces with a wider airline group to maximise its potential.
Declan has strong knowledge of, and links to, Government and State organisations in Ireland. As a member of the senior management team, he engaged with Irish Government as both shareholder in and regulator of Aer Lingus. He is also a former board member and Vice Chairman of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC) and is also a former member of the IBEC Transport Council.
He is a fluent German speaker, having worked lived and worked in Germany for a five-year period in the 1990s.