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Will EY Entrepreneur Of The Year title stay Leeside?

Wednesday, 13th November, 2019 4:40pm

Three Cork-based entrepreneurs will be among 24 business people who are going head to head to be named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EYEOTY) 2019 next week.

Mark Whitaker of Johnson & Perrott Motor Group, Amarenco Solar’s John Mullins and Shane Evans of Scrapinghub will find out their fate at the ceremony at Thursday 21 November in Dublin. Daniel Mackey and Peter Coppinger from Teamwork won the title last year.

2019 is the twenty-second anniversary of the EYEOTY in Ireland. The prestigious business awards programme is divided into three categories - Emerging, Industry and International - with eight finalists chosen per category.

The 24 finalists have been selected by an independent panel of judges made up of former EYEOTY winners including Anne Heraty, CEO of Cpl Resources plc and Chairperson of the EYEOTY Judging Panel.

A winner will be selected from each of the three categories and from these three winners, an overall winner will be announced and crowned as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019.

The overall winner will then represent Ireland at the World EOTY Awards in Monaco in June 2020.

Mark Whitaker was appointed CEO of Johnson & Perrott Motor Group in 2001, having previously held the post of general manager at the Group’s Fleet Division. In his 18 years as CEO, Mark has led a broad investment programme in all aspects of the business.

In 2012, he led the disposal of the group’s Avis car rental operation and the acquisition of three companies, including National Truck Rental in 2018. Mark currently sits on the board of Cork Chamber of Commerce and on the advisory board at the National Maritime College of Ireland.

John Mullins is Executive Chairman of Amarenco, a company which is focused on renewable assets in Europe, the Caribbean French territories and the Middle East.

He was appointed as CEO of Bord Gáis Eireann in 2007. He has held senior management positions with ESB, ESB International and PricewaterhouseCoopers (UK). He is Chairman of the Port of Cork Company and is a director of Mainline Group and Wisetek.

Shane Evans is the CEO of Scrapinghub, which he co-founded in 2010. Scrapinghub is a self-funded web data extraction company headquartered in Cork, which provides data for business intelligence such as product, pricing, and competitive research, alternative financial data, sentiment analysis, and news/content monitoring. Shane has been involved with startups since joining in 1999.

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