Ireland appointed former British Airways boss Willie Walsh to its government debt agency Monday as the nation returns to financial markets following an 85 billion euro ($116 billion) bailout.
Walsh, now CEO of British Airways' parent, International Airlines Group (IAG), will become chairman of the board of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) when a law approving the board's creation is passed early next year.
The board will be charged with setting targets for debt management and NTMA's investment strategy. John Corrigan will remain the agency's CEO.
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Ireland has cash on hand so will not issue any more bonds this year. But it will need to demonstrate that it can fund itself regularly on international markets after it becomes the first euro zone state to exit a bailout in December.