CPL boss Anne Heraty named Businesswoman of the Year
The head of CPL Resources, Anne Heraty, was named the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year at a ceremony in the DoubleTree by Hilton last night while former chair of the RTÉ Authority, Mary Finan was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Now in their ninth year, the awards aim to recognise businesswomen’s contribution to Ireland’s economy and their role within the Irish business community at home and abroad.
Mrs Heraty was named the overall winner for her role in running the company which has an annual turnover of €390m and employs over 650 employees.
Chief executive of IMAGE Publications, Clodagh Edwards said: “This year was an outstanding one for the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards, both in terms of the calibre of entrants, and the superb event itself.
"We had more than 350 smart, successful women to consider in the judging process, and our Awards night drew 750 attendees from all sectors of the commercial, corporate and creative worlds.
"These awards really embody all that is positive about women in business – the support, inspiration, leadership and encouragement is infectious, and has certainly made the occasion a highlight of IMAGE’s 40-birthday year," Ms Edwards said.
Co-founder of Irish rotisserie specialists Poulet Bonne Femme, Sara Mitchell, was named the Entrepreneur of the Year for her work in the business which now has four concessions across the country.
The overall award was one of ten categories that were presented last night.
Fiona Flannery of DEPFA Bank was awarded with the Management Professional award while Bernadette Kinsella's worldBOX.ie was named Start-Up of the Year.
Avril Stanley of Body and Soul was named the Creative Businesswoman of the Year and Michelle O'Donnell and Niamh Gallagher of Women for Election were awarded in the Social Entrepreneurship category.
Chupi Sweetman-Durney, creative director at Chupi, an award-winning jewellery brand, was named as Young Businesswoman of the Year and Sandra McKenna, who is the co-founder of Sheology Digital, was presented with the digital businesswoman of the year.
Vice president of investment ventures at Johnson and Johnson, Dr Jeanne Bolger, was awarded for her work in managing the company's portfolio investments. As a result she was awarded with the Overseas Businesswoman award.
Finally the CEO Businesswoman of the Year was awarded to Pernod Ricard's, Anna Malmhake, whose marketing skills and commercial understanding helped her to excel in her role.