President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi will be amongst the awards recipients at this year’s Business & Finance Awards in association with KPMG. The awards, now in their 45th year, take place at the Convention Centre Dublin on 12 December.
Ireland’s longest running business awards have recognised some of Ireland’s most outstanding business leaders. In addition, the awards have also recognised political and social leadership, including President Clinton, Sir John Major, former President Mary Robinson, Kofi Annan, President Michael D. Higgins, former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Senator George Mitchell, former President Mary McAleese and Sir Bob Geldof.
A highlight of this year’s Awards ceremony will be 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 last year 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. I am delighted that he will be speaking at the Business and Finance Awards in association with KPMG this December.”
Mr Ian Hyland, publisher of Business & Finance, said: “In January last year, 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.”
Mr Draghi will accept The Sutherland Leadership Award at the Business & Finance Awards on Thursday, December 12th 2019.
To find out more about the Business & Finance Awards please see businessandfinanceawards.com.