Wednesday 17 January 2018

Ireland's Most Powerful Women

pics jim walpole star 13/08/2012 pic of boxer katie taylor with her gold medal at her homecoming in bray county wicklow.

Sean Noone

IRELAND'S most powerful women include a champion boxer, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the co-owner of promoters MCD.

They are all household names for different reasons but Katie Taylor, Claire Loftus and Caroline Downey Desmond are influencing us in ways we might not even realise.

Another winner is the woman in charge of collecting the dreaded property tax, Josephine Feehily, who is chair of the Revenue Commissioners.

But while their inclusion in a new list of the country's 25 most powerful women might come as no surprise, other less well- known names have also appeared.

Ann Keenan, Carolan Lennon and Kathryn O'Donoghue are all high-fliers in the corporate world.

Ms Keenan is head of group resources at sales and distribution business DCC, Ms Lennon is the managing director of Eircom Wholesale and Ms O'Donoghue is global director of insights and improvements at Google.

The awards were announced at a ceremony in Dublin last night that also honoured the late author Maeve Binchy for her contribution to the world of arts.

The event, organised by the Women's Executive Network, included categories for corporate executives, public sector leaders, entrepreneurs and trailblazers -- those who has set a new agenda for the next generation of women.

Anne Heraty, CEO of Dublin-based CPL Resources, picked up an award in the entrepreneurs category for the second year in a row.

The awards gala followed the WXN leadership summit, a conference which involved an address from Brid Horan, recently appointed deputy chief executive of ESB, who was also presented with a Corporate Executives award.

Also awarded on the night were AIB chief operating officer Anne Boden; managing director of Microsoft Ireland Cathriona Hallahan; and CityJet CEO Christine Ourmieres.

Founder of the WXN Pamela Jeffery said: "WXN has noted a change in the landscape of female leadership in Ireland since we launched here in 2008.

"More CEO-level women have emerged, including Siobhan Talbot as chief executive at Glanbia, Anne O'Leary as chief executive at Vodafone Ireland and our own Advisory Board member, Ellvena Graham, becoming head of Ulster Bank, Northern Ireland."

She said that the awards "recognise their achievements, but also form a basis of a unique and targeted alumni where recipients build and benefit from new networks".

The Women's Executive Network Ireland is a community of 2,500 high- achieving women from across the country. It was launched in September 2008 and runs a series of events for female professionals throughout the year.

THE WINNERS (In no particular order)


•      Anne Boden, COO, AIB

•      Sharon Buckley, Group Commercial Director, The Musgrave Group

•      Maeve Carton, Finance and Board Director, CRH

•      Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland

•      Brid Horan, Deputy Chief Executive, ESB

•      Ann Keenan, Head of Group Human Resources, DCC plc

•      Eimear Kenny, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, ICON plc

•      Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, Eircom Wholesale

•      Marian McGuinness, Facilities Services Director, Noonan Services

•      Kathryn O’Donoghue, Global Director of Insights and Improvements, Google

•      Judy Byrne, Founder, Crewlink

•      Anne Heraty, Founder, Cpl Resources plc

•      Marian O’Gorman, Chief Executive, Kilkenny Group

•      Geraldine Byrne Nason, Second Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach

•      Josephine Feehily, Chair of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners

•      Dr Susan O’Reilly, National Director, National Cancer Control Programme

•      Anne Ebbs, Founder, the Paralympic Council of Ireland

•      Dr Miriam Hederman O’Brien, for her outstanding contribution to public policy in Ireland

•      Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions

•      Christine Ourmières, Chief Executive, CityJet (the first and only female CEO of an Irish licensed airline)

•      Katie Taylor, Olympic Gold Medalist

•      Barbara Dawson, Director, Hugh Lane Gallery

•      Caroline Downey Desmond, co-owner/Director, MCD, Television and stage show producer and tireless fundraiser

•      Fiona Shaw, Tony-award nominee and four-time Olivier Award-winning actress

•      Maeve Binchy, Author

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