Build back better – has it started? Jim Power & Chris Johns

An extraordinary year has seen extraordinary changes, some for the better, however, there is a recognition that 2021 will bring its own challenges.

Although we have heard a lot, it would be crazy to argue anything but the fact that 2020 has been unprecedented.  But amid the gloom and doom, we have also seen something positive – an incredible acceleration of changes that were long overdue.

A remarkable year calls for a remarkable response because if the last few years, in particular 2020, have taught us anything it’s to expect the unexpected. Few companies in their 2020/21 business plans would have included a pandemic as a threat to their business planning.

How is business going to change and respond to the different agendas so as to ensure that the new business environment is fit for purpose?

The AAI is delighted to welcome two gold-standard economists, Jim Power and Chris Johns who will share their observations on what has happened, what is happening and what might transform this new business landscape.

Both Jim and Chris were the co-authors of Marketing Multiplied, the World Federation of Advertisers award-winning publication, championed by Alan Cox of Core with the support of the AAI.

Date: Tuesday January 26th

Time: 10:00 – 11:00am

Venue: Virtual

Please register here to attend and feel free to direct any questions in advance to

Jim Power

Jim Power is owner manager of Jim Power Economics Limited, an economic and financial consultancy, which he set up in 2009. He is a board member of Love Irish Food and was Chairman of Three Rock Capital Management, an investment company, until it was purchased by Julius Baer in January 2020. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and is an economic consultant to Aviva Ireland.

He was previously Treasury Economist at AIB (1987-1991), Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group (1992-2000) and Chief Economist of Friends First Group (2000 to 2018).

He is the author of the SIMI Quarterly Motor Industry Review and frequently contributes to podcasts including The Stand and Win Happy.

He is a graduate of UCD and holds a BA and a Master of Economic Science Degree. He lectures part-time on the MSc Management and the MBA at Smurfit School of Business, UCD. He is a native of Waterford.

Chris Johns

Chris has worked in financial services, mostly asset management and investment banking. He was CEO and CIO (Chief Investment Officer) at Bank of Ireland Asset Management.  He also worked as an economist in the UK Treasury, the National Institute of Economic & Social Research and UBS Philips & Drew in London, whilst also teaching economics in London and Cambridge Universities.

He is currently Chairman (non executive) of Smith & Williamson Investment Management Europe and a member of the Acuvest Investment Committee.  He is a regular columnist with the Irish Times and was Chairman of Dalkey United Football Club from 2010-2014.


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