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‘Powerhouse’ O’Leary honoured with Chamber award

Wednesday, 27th November, 2019 4:33pm

One of the biggest names in business in Cork was this week honoured with one of the region’s most prestigious awards.

The Outstanding Contribution to Business Award 2019 was awarded to Anne O’Leary, Chief Executive of Vodafone Ireland, at Cork Chamber’s Dublin Dinner on Tuesday night.

Ms O’Leary accepted the award in front of more than 600 leading political and business people in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road.

This is the ninth year the award has been presented at the Chamber’s annual Dublin black-tie event. Anne O’Leary joins a distinguished group of previous recipients including Frank Boland, Dan and Linda Kiely of Voxpro, Sean O’Driscoll of Glen Dimplex Group, Darina Allen of Ballymaloe and Brian McCarthy of Fexco.

Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber, described the Cork woman as “a true powerhouse”.

“Anne’s contribution to life in Irish business and her engagement across the Chamber network has been remarkable. Anyone that meets Anne will be taken by her passion and her leadership.

“More than that, Anne has been a strong personal advocate for women in STEM, championing wellbeing and diversity in the workforce, as well as providing equality of access to digital connectivity thus supporting economic growth and job creation in rural parts of the country. She is a formidable advocate for her native Cork, for Irish sport, and I am delighted to bestow this award upon her.”

Anne herself said she was “extremely proud and honoured to receive this recognition from the Cork Chamber, an organisation that, for the last 200 years, has been a force for such positive change in Cork and indeed further afield.

“I joined Cork Chamber in my twenties and I have been so lucky that through this network I have been able to meet and share ideas with incredible business people down through the years. It is a truly valuable organisation for the business community in Cork.

“We know that the business environment is ever changing, and with change comes challenges and opportunities. It is therefore important that we equip ourselves with the tools to lead and drive performance in the dynamic world we live in. I look forward to continuing to work towards our ambition of ensuring Cork is a thriving, prosperous city and at the heart of business in Ireland,” she said at the awards ceremony.

Cork Chamber partnered again with EY for this popular annual event. John Higgins, Managing Partner, EY Cork congratulated Anne O’Leary who he said richly deserved the award.

“Anne has not only made a substantial contribution to the success of the ICT sector in Ireland, she continues to be a huge driver of diversity and inclusion in the workplace which is essential for business. EY is proud of our continued support of the Cork Chamber Dublin Dinner, particularly on this landmark 200 year anniversary year. Cork Chamber are the great champions of our local business community in Cork and this event in Dublin celebrates the close links and co-operation of Ireland’s two main cities in driving growth and development in Ireland.”

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