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The 2019 Irish Times Business Awards

The 2019 Irish Times Business Awards

The 2019 Irish Times Business Awards

Now in its second year, The Irish Times Business Awards 2019 in association with KPMG took place at the Mansion House, Dublin on Wednesday May 8, 2019. Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD, joined us as the guest of honour for the KPMG sponsored awards event hosted by Sharon Ní Bheoláin of RTÉ.

The Business Person of the Month Award in association with KPMG acknowledges excellence and outstanding achievement among Irish business leaders, both at home and abroad, and executives leading major multinational companies in Ireland.

Commenting on our support for the awards, KPMG’s Managing Partner, Seamus Hand said: "We’re delighted to support these awards and their recognition of outstanding leadership and company performance. The winners provide exceptional role models for everyone in business in Ireland.”

The shortlist for each of the awards categories featured a wide range of many of Ireland's leading companies, business leaders and entrepreneurs. The awards were judged by a distinguished panel of business leaders chaired by Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft in Ireland. Cathriona was joined on the judging panel by independent director Mark Ryan; Margot Slattery, Country President, Sodexo Ireland; Dr John Hegarty, Chairman of The Irish Times Trust; Caroline Keeling, Chief Executive of Keelings; KPMG Managing Partner Seamus Hand; Martin McVicar, Managing Director of Combilift; and Ciarán Hancock, Business Editor at The Irish Times.

Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, TD, speaks at The 2019 Irish Times Business Awards.

Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, TD, speaks at The 2019 Irish Times Business Awards.

Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG, addresses over 300 of Ireland’s business leaders at the gala awards.

Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG, addresses over 300 of Ireland’s business leaders at the gala awards.

Business Person of the Year

Don O'Leary accepts the Business Person of the Year award on behalf of Patrick and John Collison of Stripe from KPMG’s Seamus Hand (right), Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, and The Irish Times Business Editor, Ciarán Hancock.

Don O'Leary accepts the Business Person of the Year award on behalf of Patrick and John Collison of Stripe from KPMG’s Seamus Hand (right), Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, and The Irish Times Business Editor, Ciarán Hancock.

Top 1000 Distinguished Leader in Business

Breege O'Donoghue of Primark receives the Top 1000 Distinguished Leader in Business award from The Irish Times Managing Director, Liam Kavanagh.

Breege O'Donoghue of Primark receives the Top 1000 Distinguished Leader in Business award from The Irish Times Managing Director, Liam Kavanagh.

Company of the Year

Seamus Hand, KPMG managing partner, presents the Company of the Year award to Dermot Crowley and Stephen McNally, deputy CEOs at Dalata.

Seamus Hand, KPMG managing partner, presents the Company of the Year award to Dermot Crowley and Stephen McNally, deputy CEOs at Dalata.

Local Enterprise of the Year

Sam Dennigan, CEO and founder of Strong Roots (right) accepts the awards for Local Enterprise of the Year from Paul O’Neill, Editor, The Irish Times.

Sam Dennigan, CEO and founder of Strong Roots (right) accepts the awards for Local Enterprise of the Year from Paul O’Neill, Editor, The Irish Times.

Deal of the Year

Ciarán Hancock (right), Business Editor at The Irish Times, presents the Deal of the Year award to outgoing Coillte chief executive Fergal Leamy.

Ciarán Hancock (right), Business Editor at The Irish Times, presents the Deal of the Year award to outgoing Coillte chief executive Fergal Leamy.

CFO of the Year

Cathriona Hallahan, chair of The Irish Times Business Awards 2019 judging panel and MD of Microsoft Ireland, presents the CFO of the Year Award to Ken Bowles from Smurfit Kappa.

Cathriona Hallahan, chair of The Irish Times Business Awards 2019 judging panel and MD of Microsoft Ireland, presents the CFO of the Year Award to Ken Bowles from Smurfit Kappa.

Leadership through innovation

Reflecting on the finalists and the highly competitive nature of the awards Seamus Hand said: "At KPMG, we are privileged to work with so many of these businesses and it is their leadership through innovation that we are recognising and celebrating."

2018 Award Winners

In 2018, Glanbia CEO Siobhán Talbot was named the Irish Times / KPMG Business Person of the Year, Construction materials giant CRH won the Company of the Year Award, Mark Bourke of AIB was named CFO of the Year and Irish sports technology company STATSports won Deal of the Year for its €1.14 billion deal with the US Soccer Federation. The final award on the night went to Mark FitzGerald, Chair and former CEO of Sherry FitzGerald, who was named Distinguished Leader in Business.

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