Saturday 25 October 2014

Meet the Irish women who buck the boardroom inequality trend

Published 22/08/2014 | 14:05

Recent Bloomberg reserach shows that Ireland has a low proportion of women on the boards of major companies compared to other European countries.

However, a number of Irish women are tipping the balance - take a look at our top 7.

Siobhan Talbot ‘Regardless of gender, all of us have to overcome challenges to progress’

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Siobhan Talbot became the first woman to take over the running of a public company in Ireland when she rose to the top of multi-billion-euro food company Glanbia.

The chartered accountant was finance director of the global dairy, ingredients and sports nutrition firm before replacing John Moloney in the top job in November 2014.

She is only the second woman to head a listed company in Ireland, the first being Anne Heraty of CPL.

Read more: Performance nutrition helps Glanbia bulk earnings

Anne Heraty ‘Ireland is seen as a strategic route into the European market’

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Anne Heraty is founder and CEO of recruitment consultant CPL, one of Ireland’s premier human resources agencies.

From the company’s launch in 1989, Heraty saw the Irish economy expand at an unprecedented rate in the 1990s, before its recent downturn.

Anne Heraty was honoured as one of Ireland's top 25 most powerful business women at the 2013 WXN awards.

Read more: CPL predicts 
a good year as the economy picks up

Maeve Carton

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Maeve Carton was appointed to the position of CRH Finance Director in May 2010.

Since joining the firm in 1988,  she has held a number of roles including Group Controller (2001) and Head of Group Finance (2009).

With wide experience in the company’s reporting, control, budgetary and capital expenditure processes and has been extensively involved in CRH's evaluation of acquisitions.

Prior to joining CRH, she worked for a number of years as a chartered accountant in an international accountancy practice.

Read more: CRH back in profit as building industry picks up

Breege O'Donoghue

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With many years experiences in the Irish and international retail sector, Breege O’Donoghue is an executive director of Penneys.

She is Chair of the Labour Relations Commission, a member of the Outside Appointments Board of the Code of Standards and Behaviour for the Civil Service and a trustee of IBEC.

Breege was previously a Director of An Post and Aer Rianta.

She is member of the foundation of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Read more: Postscript - Media & Marketing: Penneys goes continental

Lucy Gaffney ‘I have a diploma in marketing, but I'm a UCD dropout’

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Lucy Gaffney is now chair of businessman Denis O'Brien's radio business group Communicorp.

She is also a board member at Independent News & Media (INM), the publisher of the Irish Independent, Evening Herald and numerous other publications.

Read more: INM’s digital strategy extends to The Herald and Sunday World

Rosheen McGuckian

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Irish renewable energy group NTR plc appointed Rosheen McGuckian as its new chief executive in April 2013.

Prior to joining NTR, Rosheen was CEO of GE Money Ireland, the consumer finance division of General Electric, having joined GE in 2002.

Rosheen is a Director of the Social Innovation Fund of Ireland and is a member of the Advisory Board of Trinity College Dublin School of Engineering.

Read more: NTR announces profit of €31.4m, first profitable year since 2008

Julie O'Neill

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Julie O’Neill has been a Director of Ryanair since December 2012.

As of January this year, she is a non-executive director of Permanent TSB.

Julie served as Secretary General of the Department of Transport, Ireland from 2002 to 2009.

She chairs the Audit Committees of Trinity College Dublin and the China Research Group at the Institute of International and European Affairs.

Read more: Ryanair takes aim at Aer Lingus with new Brussels route

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