Wins for DCC, Paul Marchant of Primark and Combilift at 2017 Business & Finance / KPMG Irish Business Awards.
DCC won Company of the Year, Paul Marchant of Primark was awarded Business Person of the Year and Combilift received the Excelling Enterprise of the Year Award at 2017 awards.The FDI award was won by PayPal and presented by Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland.
The Business & Finance Awards in association with KPMG is the longest running business awards programme in Ireland. This year’s awards took place on Thursday, 14 December at The Convention Centre Dublin with over 1,000 business, political and social leaders attending.
DCC won the Company of the Year Award in recognition of an exceptional performance in the past twelve months. Meanwhile the leadership of Paul Marchant, CEO of Primark was highlighted in the awarding of Business Person of the Year. The strong export achievements of Monaghan based Combilift were cited by the judges in the awarding of the Excelling Enterprise of the Year Award. Speaking at the awards, Managing Partner of KPMG in Ireland Shaun Murphy said; “Our nominees and award winners are great examples of potential being fulfilled in business and other pursuits.”
Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan and world-renowned horse trainer Aidan O’Brien were also honoured at the awards.
Enda Kenny received the TK Whitaker Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Life. The award was established in 2016 to mark the 100th birthday of Dr Ken Whitaker, one of Ireland’s most outstanding public servants and the author of the seminal 1958 Economic Development report that led to the First Programme for Economic Expansion.
Over 43 years the Business & Finance Awards have been a highlight of Ireland’s business and political calendar, with global leaders including President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, Senator George Mitchell, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, and Sir Bob Geldof among the international honourees of the award programme.
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan received the Outstanding Achievement in Business Award. Mr Moynihan, a Notre Dame-educated lawyer whose ancestors emigrated from Ireland to in the 1850s, has led Bank of America since 2010 and announced Dublin as its preferred base for post-Brexit European operations this year.
Aidan O’Brien received the Outstanding Contribution to Brand Ireland in recognition of his contribution to the Irish horse racing industry and brand Ireland as a whole.