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.
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."
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.