Logistics supremo Pamela is Businesswoman of Year
A woman who became managing director of her company at just 36 years of age beat close to 400 competitors to be named Image Businesswoman of the Year for 2016.
Pamela Quinn (40), from Fairyhouse, Co Meath, and managing director of global logistics giant Kuehne & Nagel Ireland Ltd, was given the overall award recognising Ireland’s “smart and successful women” at an awards ceremony in Dublin.
Ms Quinn’s company was ranked the sixth best place to work in Ireland at the Great Place to Work Institute Awards in February and she was lauded for presiding over “outstanding growth well in excess of the marketplace” after taking over the company’s All-Ireland operations in 2010 and being named managing director in 2013.
Meanwhile, Freya Hayes (65), CEO of The Blarney Group – whose portfolio includes Blarney Woollen Mills and the Meadows & Byrne gift and homewares chain – was given a lifetime achievement award for more than 50 years in the Irish retail trade.
Ms Hayes, from Cork, began her career at the age of 16, when she left school to work with her father running a mobile craft shop/thatched cottage on wheels selling souvenirs to tourists outside Blarney Castle.
The awards, now in their 10th year, drew 394 nominees in 10 categories, with 800 guests and celebrities including Kathryn Thomas (left), Alison Canavan and Pippa O’Connor attending.
The awards are sponsored by Samsung, Eir, No7, and The Loop, and supported by Newstalk, Independent.ie, Enterprise Ireland and Marks and Spencer.
The nine category winners announced on the night were:
Entrepreneur of the Year: Oonagh O’Hagan, founder and managing director, Meaghers Pharmacy Group
Management Professional Businesswoman of the Year: Kay Connolly, COO St Vincent’s University Hospital
Start-up of the Year: Kasha Connolly, director, Hazel Mountain Chocolate
Creative Businesswoman of the Year: Debbie O’Donnell, series producer, Xposé, TV3
Social Entrepreneurship: Marian Carroll, volunteer CEO of Ronald McDonald House
Young Businesswoman of the Year: Marissa Carter, founder and CEO, Cocoa Brown
Overseas Businesswoman of the Year Award: Fiona Dawson, global president, Mars Food
Digital, Science & Technology Businesswoman of the Year: Fiona O’Brien, director, Lenovo
CEO Businesswoman of the Year Award: Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo
The judging panel included: in the chair, Ann Reihill, director at IMAGE Publications; Bobby Kerr, entrepreneur and presenter of Newstalk’s Down to Business; Melanie Morris, editor-in-chief of IMAGE Magazine; Sarita Johnston, manager of female entrepreneurship at Enterprise Ireland; Orla Nugent, MBA programme director at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School; Rosaleen McMeel, editor of IMAGE Magazine; Lucy Gaffney, chairperson of Communicorp; Caroline Kennedy, founder of Kennedy PR + Brand; Nick Mulcahy, publisher and editor of Business Plus; Laura George, editor at large at IMAGE Publications; Dearbhail McDonald, group business editor, Independent News and Media; Clodagh Edwards, CEO of IMAGE Publications; and Breege O’Donoghue, brand ambassador, Primark.