Bank of Ireland boss resigns after visiting porno websitesOn 8 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The Bank of Ireland is searching for a new chief executive, after theresignation of Michael Soden, who has admitted using his PC during work time toaccess pornographic websites. The group CEO’s surfing habits were discovered by accident during routine maintenancework on his computer by IT staff. Soden, who has been in charge of Bank of Ireland since 2002, issued apersonal statement on the company’s website announcing his resignation. “I have taken this decision for personal reasons. This arises from accessby me on my PC to internet sites that contain content that infringed thegroup’s policy on these matters,” he said. “The content accessed was not illegal but did contain links to materialof an adult nature. I now accept that accessing this material was inappropriateand would cause embarrassment to Bank of Ireland and to the people who workthere.” Earlier in his career, Soden worked for a number of major banks and aftertaking over at Bank of Ireland had increased the company’s profitability. The bank’s board, which said it accepted Soden’s resignation “withregret”, has announced the appointment of Brian Goggin as his successor,with immediate effect.