The 43rd Annual Business & Finance Awards

The Business & Finance Awards in association with KPMG

The Business & Finance Awards in association with KPMG is uniquely a peer-to-peer business awards and hosts a unique gathering of leaders to celebrate excellence, achievement and Irish business.

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The 43rd Annual Business & Finance Awards

The Business & Finance Awards in association with KPMG have been recognising excellence across Irish and international business for over 40 years. The Business & Finance Awards is the longest running and most coveted business awards programme in Ireland and hosts activities in recognition across three continents.

Over four decades the Business & Finance Awards has celebrated the achievements of some of the most exceptional Irish and international business leaders including Tony Ryan, Michael Smurfit, Tony O’Reilly, Dermot Desmond, Denis O’Brien, Anne Heraty, Willie Walsh, Danuta Gray, JP McManus, Susan Whelan, Neville Isdell, Peter Sutherland, Niall Fitzgerald and 2016 recipient Domhnal Slattery, to name a few.

Global prestige

In September 2010, the awards hosted President Clinton in Dublin to launch the Outstanding Contribution & Achievement element to the programme and since then have welcomed Senator George Mitchell, former President Mary & Senator Martin McAleese, and former British Prime Minister Sir John Major. In 2015 President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson was our honouree; this very special award was presented to Mary by Kofi Annan who traveled to Dublin for the occasion, providing an indication of the global reach and prestige of the awards programme. In 2016 the programme honoured Sir Bob Geldof and for the first time presented the TK Whitaker Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Life to President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.

Recognised for the exceptional performance of their management teams previous winners of the Company of the Year Award include: Primark, Smurfit Kappa Group, Paddy Power Betfair, Ryanair, Google, CRH, Intel Ireland, United Drug, Ryanair, Iona Technologies, Airtricty, Glanbia, Kerry Group and in 2016, ICON.

High profile judges

The awards programme now hosts its nominee selection process across the year and a judging panel made up of business and industry leaders, academics and former honourees choose the Outstanding Business Person and Company of the Year from a high‑calibre shortlist.

The 2017 judging panel is chaired by Professor Frances Ruane and includes Niall FitzGerald, Shaun Murphy, Denis O’Brien, Tommy Breen, Breege O’Donoghue, Ann Heraty, Paul Connolly, Gary McGann, Danny McCoy, Ian Hyland, Ian Talbot, Liam O’Mahony, Maura Quinn, Simon Boucher, Domhnal Slattery, Julie Sinnamon, Alan Duffy, Mary Finan, Stephen Rae, Rosaleen Blair, John Walsh, Vincent Boland, Rose Hynes, Dee Forbes and Patrick Kennedy.

The 43rd Annual Business & Finance Irish Business Awards in association with KPMG will take place on Thursday, December 14th at The Convention Centre Dublin. This year’s gala dinner will be attended by over 1,200 business, political and social leaders.

In addition to the Business Person, Company and FDI of the Year this year’s Business & Finance Awards will celebrate Ireland as an epicentre for Technology and Innovation by recognizing 100 Outstanding Technology Companies and 50 Outstanding Technology Entrepreneurs.

The Business & Finance Awards will shortly announce its recipients of the Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Category of the Programme. The Business & Finance Awards in association with KPMG is uniquely a peer-to-peer business awards and hosts a unique gathering of leaders to celebrate excellence, achievement and Irish business.

This article was originally published in Business and Finance on 1st July 2017 and is reproduced here with their kind permission.

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