By Irish Echo Staff
Declan Kelly, the fast rising Tipperary native who once represented the United States as an economic envoy to Northern Ireland, has resigned from the board of the firm Teneo, of which he was a co-founder.
Kelly resigned as chair and chief executive of Teneo, the global strategy and public relations company, just days after allegations emerged of drunken misconduct at a fundraising concert, according to reports.
The company said in a statement on Tuesday that Kelly would be replaced by co-founder and chief operating officer Paul Keary “effective immediately."
“We want to thank Declan for his leadership and dedication over the past ten years in building Teneo into the world’s preeminent CEO advisory firm,” the statement said.
Kelly had already been removed from the board of Global Citizen, a campaigning group that put on the concert in early May.
Allegations of inappropriate conduct at the concert emerged in recent days.
A spokesperson for Kelly told the Financial Times that the executive had “temporarily reduced his work responsibilities”, was “committed to sobriety” and was “undertaking ongoing counseling from healthcare professionals."
Kelly was the U.S. Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland during the Obama administration, reporting to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.