New Executive Director at ECHA - Lisam

1 July 2022

New Executive Director at ECHA

On July 4th, 2022, Sharon McGuinness will make a statement before the European Parliament as part of her appointment procedure as ECHA’s new Executive Director. She was selected by the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency.

Sharon McGuiness has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in Ireland since 2018. Before this, she was Assistant Chief Executive for the Chemicals and Prevention Division within the HAS.

She was part of ECHA’s Management Board between 2014 and 2020 and served as Chair of the Board from 2016 to 2020.

She graduated from the University College Dublin with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology and chemistry, and she holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology. Moreover, she also holds diplomas in Legal Studies and Company Direction.

She replaces Bjorn Hansen, who retired in March 2022, and she will hold this position for at least five years.

Find more information about the selection process and procedures of appointment here: