Friday 20 October 2017

Logistics supremo Pamela is Businesswoman of Year

Pamela Quinn, right, MD of Kuehne and Nagel, who was named as the overall image businesswoman of the year and Oonagh O'Hagan, founder and MD of Meaghers Pharmacy group, who was named entrepreneur of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pamela Quinn, right, MD of Kuehne and Nagel, who was named as the overall image businesswoman of the year and Oonagh O'Hagan, founder and MD of Meaghers Pharmacy group, who was named entrepreneur of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
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Allison Bray

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.

Pippa O'Connor and her husband Brian Ormonde at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor and her husband Brian Ormonde at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor, at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor, at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pamela Quinn, right, MD of Kuehne and Nagel, who was named as the overall image businesswoman of the year and Oonagh O'Hagan, founder and MD of Meaghers Pharmacy group, who was named entrepreneur of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pamela Quinn, MD of Kuehne and Nagel, who was named as the overall image businesswoman of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pamela Quinn, MD of Kuehne and Nagel, who was named as the overall image businesswoman of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Kathryn Thomas, left and Aisling O'Loughlin at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Tara Anderson, from Drumcondra at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Ruth kavanagh, left and Avril Bannerton at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Kathryn Thomas at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Sarah Morrissey at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credt; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor, right, and Niamh Doherty at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor and brian Ormonde at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credi t; Damien Eagers
Alison Canavan at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Oonagh O'Hagan, founder and MD of Meaghers Pharmacy group, who was named entrepreneur of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Kathryn Thomas at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Isabelle James and Lilly Killeen at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Clodagh Edwards, left, CEO, Image publications and Penneys and Primark executive Breege O’Donoghue at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Susie McAdam, left and Ruth Maria Murphy at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Trina McCarthy and Ann Doyle at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credi t; Damien Eagers
Fiona Dawson, Louise Kennedy and Jackie Dawson at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Aisling O'Loughlin at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

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.

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