|It was with great sadness that the members and staff of FEE received the news of the death of John Hegarty.
John, who passed away last Friday, served as the first FEE Secretary General between 1987 and 1999. In this role, he was a member of the FEE delegations to the Council of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and to the EU Accounting Advisory Forum and Committee on Auditing. In addition, he was also a member of Groupeuro, a panel of experts mandated by the European Commission to speak on the subject of the single European currency.
Born in Sligo, Ireland, in 1958, John attended Newbridge College and later went on to study business administration at University College Dublin. In 1981 he qualified as an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, before being admitted as a fellow in 1992. Following his time at FEE, John spent 14 years at the World Bank, including three-and-a-half years as the head of the Centre for Financial Reporting Reform in Vienna, Austria.
John was both a talented, well-respected professional and a kind, considerate human being. He will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.