The Lafferty Group is a London-based banking education, research and publishing company established over thirty years ago by Roscommon native, Michael Lafferty.
Its Westport activities will include the research and content division of the International Academy of Retail Banking (IARB), a new Lafferty business that began its international roll-out last year. The IARB has clients in over twenty countries.
The Academy has been designed by an international group of senior retail bankers to provide professional education programmes and examinations for the retail banking sector as well as acting as an international professional body for retail bankers.
It said that the worldwide content for the Academy programmes will be researched and developed in the Westport office.
The Academy is governed by a global advisory board of senior retail bankers and academics. Its academic director is Professor Abdul Rahman, Professor of Finance at the University of Ottawa in Canada. It is co-chaired by Dick Harryvan, former CEO of international retail bank ING Direct and Michael Lafferty, Chairman of the Lafferty Group.