The decision to invite Pearson to speak at the annual event was a result of a “cabinet reshuffle”, says AIFA director general Chris Cummings.
Cummings says: “Following on from the cabinet reshuffle we are delighted that Ian is able to join us for the evening. With the economic downturn and talk of a recession, it will be an excellent opportunity for the industry to hear the views of a leading politician.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Kitty Ussher for her support throughout her time as Economic Secretary to the Treasury. We wish her every success in her new role.”