An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD was guest of honour at the KPMG sponsored Irish Times Business Awards held in Dublin’s Mansion House. The gala awards ceremony, hosted by Sharon Ní Bheoláin of RTÉ, was a culmination of a year-long KPMG sponsored Business Person of the Month awards featured in The Irish Times.
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.
Commenting on our support for the awards, KPMG’s Managing Partner, Shaun Murphy said; “One of the most satisfying and enjoyable elements of being an adviser to business in Ireland is seeing first-hand the issues which motivate Irish business leaders and drive them to succeed across a range of companies and sectors. Ireland has so many exceptional business people. These awards celebrate those exceptional people.”
The awards were judged by a distinguished panel of business leaders chaired by Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft in Ireland. The shortlist for each of the awards categories featured a wide range of many of Irelands leading companies, business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Siobhán Talbot, CEO, Glanbia
Mark Bourke, AIB
Mark FitzGerald, Chair, Sherry FitzGerald
Reflecting on the finalists and the highly competitive nature of the awards Shaun Murphy said "At KPMG, we are privileged to work with so many of these businesses, helping them realise their ambitions - typically through winning combinations of innovation, technology and their deep determination to succeed."