The 2019 Business and Finance Awards in association with KPMG took place on 12th December 2019 at the Convention Centre in Dublin in front of an audience of almost 1,000 of Ireland’s business leaders and decision makers.
Hosted by broadcaster Claire Byrne and addressed by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue T.D., the Company of the Year Award was won by Dalata Hotel Group and Business Person of the Year by Anne O'Leary, CEO of Vodafone. Guests of honour included former President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi and film maker and educator Lord David Puttnam.
Addressing the event, KPMG Managing Partner Seamus Hand said; “At KPMG Ireland, we are delighted to support the recognition of the 2019 Business & Finance Company of the Year and Business Person of the Year. This year it is also great to see Mario Draghi, who has had such a fundamental role to play in the success of the Eurozone including through some challenging times, being honoured. It is particularly fitting that Mario should receive the Sutherland Leadership Award named after Peter Sutherland, another great supporter of the EU and the role it should play in the global economy.”
A highlight of this year’s Awards ceremony was the presentation of the 2019 Sutherland Leadership Award to Mr. Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank. The Sutherland Leadership Award was established in 2018, with the support of the Sutherland family, to honour the memory of the late Peter Sutherland. The inaugural award was presented in 2018 to former President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
KPMG Managing Partner Seamus Hand said: “The Business and Finance Awards are the longest running business awards in Ireland and we’re delighted to support the recognition of leadership and business performance that they represent. It is fitting that in almost half a century of celebrating these themes, that this year the awards will honour Mario Draghi. As one of the most important policymakers of our time, Mario Draghi has played a leading role in European economic affairs over many years.”
Mr Ian Hyland, publisher of Business & Finance, said: “In January 2018, Ireland lost a truly outstanding Statesman and global business leader in Peter Sutherland. His passing not only allowed us to reflect on his achievements in Ireland but of equal importance, his contribution to Europe as an active citizen. Having established the Sutherland Leadership Award in 2018 with the support of the Sutherland family, we set out to affirm Peter’s legacy and recognise international leaders who epitomise his spirit and values. Mr. Draghi embodies many of the values Peter displayed in his career and has played an instrumental role in shaping the landscape of the European Banking System and its role within an ever changing financial landscape.”
Established in 2016, the TK Whitaker Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Life recognises Irish and international social and political leaders who have been exemplary in their contribution to public life. Since its inception, the TK Whitaker Award has honoured President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in December 2016, Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD in 2017 and Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese in 2018. Lord Puttnam received this year’s award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contribution to the arts, education and climate change.
To find out more about the Business & Finance Awards please see businessandfinanceawards.com.