|Business 100 Profiles and Boston Honorees
Brian Burns is chairman and president of BF Enterprises, Inc., a publicly-owned
real estate and development company.
He was the driving force behind some 40 corporate mergers and is a nationally
regarded business executive. Before forming BF Enterprises, Burns served
as the Chairman to the Executive Committee at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company
of New York.
With roots in County Kerry and a strong connection back to Ireland, Burns
is the founder and principal benefactor of the John J. Burns Library of
Rare Books, named for his father, at Boston College. The library houses
more than 150,000 rare volumes – the largest research collection
of Irish books in the U.S.
A director of The American Ireland Fund, Burns also sits on the Taoiseach’s
Economic Advisory Board, and serves on the Trinity College Foundation
Board in Dublin.
He was also a principal benefactor of the Irish Famine Memorial in Cambridge,
In 1993 Peter Casey came to the U.S. and opened his first Executive Search
firm called Network Resources. In 2002 he founded Claddagh Resources and
in 2004 he founded Devlin Partners. The combined businesses have over
300 employees and five offices throughout the U.S. and a head office in
Casey, who works closely with the company’s most senior clients,
began his career with Xerox Corporation, where he distinguished himself
winning the Three Oceans Cup as the top sales manager in the Asia/Africa
Region. Remarkably, Casey has been successful in running and developing
businesses on three continents (he established The Trinity Group in Sydney,
Australia in 1985). A graduate from Aston University in Birmingham, England,
with an honors degree in Economics and Philosophy, he lives with his wife
and children, Fionnbarr, Ryan, Neala, Ailisha and Siofra, in Buckhead,
Atlanta, but maintains the link with Ireland where he owns farms and properties.
He attributes his success to lessons he learned as a child. “My
father used to say, you cannot cheat an honest man, and there is no right
way to do the wrong thing. I have used these principles to grow my business.”
Kieran Claffey is a partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC), a member
firm of PricewaterhouseCooper International Limited. Globally PwC is one
of the world’s preeminent professional services organizations with
revenue of over $20 billion and over 130,000 employees worldwide.
After joining PwC in 1985, Kieran spent over ten years in the assurance
practice primarily servicing multinational clients. He then transferred
to the firm’s national office to focus on major litigation and regulatory
related issues. He is PwC’s representative on two professional committees
of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants: the Professional
Issues Task Force and the Technical Standards Committee.
Kieran was a founding member and director of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce
in the United States and a director of the European-American Chamber of
Commerce. He is currently the national treasurer and board member of the
Ireland-U.S. Council of Commerce & Industry. Born in Dublin, Kieran
received his BA from University College Dublin. He is also a chartered
accountant and a CPA. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Michelle and
three sons, Ryan, CJ and Steven.
John P. Clancey was appointed Chairman of Maersk Inc. in December 1999, following
A.P. Moller’s acquisition of Sea-Land Service, Inc. Clancey joined Sea-Land
Service’s sales and marketing division in 1970. He held several positions
in the U.S. and served seven years in Asia, where he was Vice President/General
Manager for the Pacific Division in Tokyo, before returning to the U.S.
in 1984 as Vice President for the Atlantic Division. He was named president
and Chief Executive Officer of Sea-Land Service, in 1991.
A native of Staten Island, New York, Clancey graduated from Emporia Kansas
State College with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. Upon graduation
he joined the Marines, rising to the rank of Captain. He is also a graduate
of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. Clancey is a member of the
National Defense Transportation Association, the Coalition of Service
Industries and the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business
Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Queen’s
College and the Foundation of the University of North Carolina. He is
married with three children.
WNBC-TV New York
Frank Comerford is the president and general manager of WNBC, the number
one revenue producing television station in the country. He was promoted
to his current position at WNBC in 2002 after serving as the Executive
Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the NBC Television Stations
Division since 1999. Before that, he spent five years as the head of sales
Comerford holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
and Finance from Georgetown University. He serves on the Advisory Board
of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, the Board of Directors
of the Child Abuse Prevention Program, and the Executive Board of Lutheran
Medical Center. He was named Chief Brehon of Brooklyn’s Great Irish Fair,
which benefits Catholic Charities, and has been awarded the Ellis Island
Medal of Honor.
A fourth-generation Irish-American, Comerford traces his roots to Kilkenny.
He is a member of the Ireland U.S. Council, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick
and The American Ireland Fund. He and his wife Maura reside in Brooklyn
and Long Island, New York.
Conlon & Co. Sean Conlon, founder of Conlon & Co., which provides real estate
consulting and financing services, has become one of real estate’s leading
Conlon worked as a credit analyst for Middle East Bank in London before emigrating
to Chicago in 1990, where his first job was as a janitor. He began his
career in real estate in 1993 when he joined Koenig & Strey. In 2000,
Conlon formed Sussex & Reilly, an Illinois based real estate brokerage
firm, and Conlon & Co.
In 2004, he acquired Near North National Title in partnership with Daniel
P. Fowler. He also co-owns both Van and Conlon, and Connaught Real Estate
Finance LLC. Conlon, who is often called “the voice of real estate,” has
been interviewed by CNN, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
He was also featured in the Irish television documentary, Made for America.
Conlon was born in England but grew up in Ireland, where he attended
the College of Marketing and Design, Dublin. His mother is from Galway
and his father hails from Kildare. He owns a home in County Wexford and
divides his time between Chicago, London and Ireland.
Brian C. Connolly
Brian Connolly, Executive Vice President, Global Sales Strategy, is responsible
for driving Avon’s direct-selling strategies as a source of continuing
competitive advantage. His oversight extends across the company’s international
markets. A 27-year veteran of Avon, Connolly has held increasingly senior
level positions in the U.S. sales organization and finance. Prior to his
current role, he was Executive Vice President and President, Avon North
America, where he oversaw an operating unit with $2.5 billion in sales.
Avon Inc., the company for women, is the world’s leading direct seller
with $8.1 billion revenue in 2005 while employing over 45,000.
Since 1992, Avon has raised over $450 million worldwide to fight breast
cancer and Connolly is the spearhead behind the Avon Breast Cancer Walks,
which raised over $35 million last year alone. Connolly is the son of
Irish immigrants and is one of eight children. His favorite motto is “Do
the right thing when no one is looking,” a credo he picked up from his
parents. He graduated with a B.A. in Accounting from Penn State University
and is the father of three.
Wilson Sporting Goods
In November 2005 Christopher Howard Considine became the President of
Wilson Sporting Goods, the leading team sporting goods company in the
world. Wilson tennis racquets became famous after Pete Sampras used them
to win 14 grand slams. Currently the top tennis players using Wilson racquets
include Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Nicolas Kiefer, Gaston Gaudio,
and Lindsay Davenport. Considine worked for Wilson for 24 years prior
to being named president. He led the Team Sports Division since 1994,
and under his leadership the company has significantly grown its market
share and profitability.
A third-generation Irish-American, who grew up in Akron, Ohio, Considine
traces his roots to County Clare on his father’s side and Limerick on
his mother’s. A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Considine is married
to his high school sweetheart. The couple has four children and live in
Woodridge, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He says “your world is a
reflection of your attitude,” and cites St. Patrick, who he says “truly
lived his life to help others,” as his favorite Irish icon.
After working for QVC for over a decade, Darlene Daggett was promoted
to President U.S. Commerce in May 2002.
In this position Daggett’s responsibilities include the overall
strategic planning and direction for all QVC merchandising, the development
of new business, and forging alliances to continue to define, differentiate
and brand QVC as an e-commerce leader. Daggett regularly participates
in major corporate and industry conferences as a national keynote speaker.
She is on the board of directors for the Housewares Charity Foundation
(HCF) and she is also on the board of Jewelers For Children, the jewelry
industry’s charity board. She has received several awards over her
career, including the Humanitarian Award from HCF and the Woman of the
Year Award from the Committee Concerned for Children.
A graduate of Endicott College, Daggett is a second-generation Irish-American
with ties to counties Sligo and Mayo. She lives near QVC Studio Park,
Pennsylvania, with her husband and four children.
Laurel Delaney is president of Global TradeSource, Ltd. (online arm GlobeTrade.com),
a firm that offers global marketing and consulting services aimed towards
entrepreneurs and small businesses. Delaney is also the founder of Small
Business Global Marketing Forum, a moderated discussion list for entrepreneurs
and small businesses interested in going global.
She wrote Start and Run a Profitable Exporting Business, and also writes
and publishes The Global Small Business Blog and a free highly regarded
monthly e-newsletter called Borderbuster. Delaney, who grew up in Chicago,
received the Small Business Administration’s “Illinois Exporter of the
Year” award. She serves on the Illinois Center for International Business
Education and Research, as well as the Advisory Board of Women Entrepreneurs,
Inc. She is also a member of the Galway Committee of the Chicago Sister
Cities. She holds an M.B.A. from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Delaney is a second generation Irish-American, whose father’s family comes
from Ballyhaunis, County Mayo.
Craig S. Donohoe
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
On October 19, 2006, it was announced that Chicago Mercantile Exchange
(CME) would acquire the Chicago Board of Trade. The $25 billion deal will
create the world’s biggest market for derivatives. Behind the deal
is Chris Donohoe, who since his appointment as CEO in 2004, has set CME’s
vision and developed growth strategies to expand the company’s core
business lines and global distribution. He had a pivotal role in the successful
CME demutualization in 2000, the company’s initial public offering
in 2002, and a historic transaction processing agreement with the Chicago
Board of Trade in 2003.
Donohoe, who joined CME in 1989 as an attorney, is on the board of the
National Council on Economic Education, a nonprofit organization that
focuses on improving people’s economic literacy. He holds a master’s
of management degree from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg
Graduate School of Management, a J.D. from John Marshall Law School, and
a master of laws degree in financial services regulation from IIT Chicago–Kent
College of Law. He resides in Northbrook, Illinois with his wife and three
John J. Dooner, Jr.
As chairman and chief executive officer of McCann-Erickson Worldgroup,
John Dooner has led the company in its transformation from the leading
global advertising agency to one of the largest and fastest-growing integrated
marketing communications organizations.
Since being named CEO in 1995, the company’s billings have increased
threefold to more than $30 billion. Under his leadership, McCann-Erickson
was named the “Agency of the Year” by several advertising
publications in both the U.S. and Europe. McCann- Erickson Worldwide Advertising
has offices in over 130 countries and it is a Top Five Agency in almost
every market it operates in. Vision, energy, and a persistent dedication
to growing McCann’s business by building its clients’ business
have characterized Dooner’s 35-year career with McCann and its parent
company, The Interpublic Group. Dooner, who was born in New York, earned
his B.A. from St. Thomas University, and traces his Irish roots to his
grandparents from County Clare. He and his wife reside in Westchester,
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.
John Duffy has been with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods for more than 25 years
and became chairman and CEO in September 2001. Previously, from July 1999, he
was president and co-CEO. For nine years prior to that, he was executive vice
president in charge of the firm’s Investment Banking Department.
Before joining KBW, Duffy was vice president at Standard & Poor’s
He received his B.A. in economics from the City College of New York and attended
the M.B.A. program of Bernard Baruch College. He serves on the board of trustees
of the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College,
Dublin. Duffy joined the board of directors of The American Ireland Fund in
2004 and is chairman of the Investment Committee of the Cardinal & Gold
Fund of Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, New York. The Ireland Chamber of
Commerce in the United States recently honored Duffy, who is also one of our
Wall Street 50 honorees. A first-generation Irish-American, his mother
hails from Newtongore, County Leitrim and his father is from Culleens, County
Terrence A. Duffy
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
“The idea to merge these two great companies has been contemplated for
decades,” Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) chairman Terrance Duffy said
of the announcement in October that it would purchase the Chicago Board of Trade
for $8 billion. The deal, which is expected to be approved in mid-2007, will
create the world’s biggest market for derivatives. Duffy, was appointed
chairman of CME in April 2002. He was vice chairman of the board of CME Holdings
Inc. from its formation in August 2001 and on the board of CME from 1998 to
In 2002, Duffy was appointed by President Bush to serve on a national summit
on retirement savings, and in 2003, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate,
as a member of the federal retirement thrift investment board.
Duffy attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, studying business administration.
He lives in Lemont, Illinois with his wife and twin sons, and serves on the
board of the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.
Jack B. Dunn
Jack Dunn is President, CEO, and member of the Board of Directors of FTI Consulting,
Inc. Joining FTI in 1992, Dunn has ensured that the company maintain a compound
annual growth rate in excess of 30 percent. FTI currently has over 1000 employees
located in 24 major cities across the U.S and London. Prior to joining FTI,
Jack spent over ten years with a major regional investment-banking firm where
he was managing director, senior vice president and member of the board of directors
as well as head of corporate finance.
A Baltimore native, Dunn holds a B.A. from Princeton and is an Order of the
Coif graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. He is an investor
in the Baltimore Orioles Baseball Club, and a director of Pepco Holding, Inc.
and Aether Systems, Inc. As a fifth-generation Irish-American Dunn, who lives
in Maryland with his wife and son, has visited Ireland numerous times. One of
his favorite memories of those visits is of playing darts with his ten-year-old
son in an Irish pub. Dunn considers his tenor voice to be his most Irish characteristic.
Dave P. Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald + Co.
In 1983, Dave Fitzgerald founded the successful advertising agency Fitzgerald+Co.
He remains president and CEO, and his company was named the Best Agency in the
Southeast by Adweek. Along with his success, his relationship with employees
led Fitzgerald+Co to be named one of the 10 best companies in Atlanta to work
for by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He was formerly the president of the
Atlanta Advertising Club and past chairman of the board of directors for the
Saint Joseph’s Hospital Foundation.
A second-generation Irish-American, Fitzgerald ran the Order of the Green
Jacket of Ireland, which helped raise funds for Irish athletes in the 1996 Olympics.
A member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Metropolitan Atlanta Police
Emerald Society, and the Hibernian Benevolent Society, he has twice been Grand
Marshal of the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Fitzgerald, who traces his family to counties Kerry and Sligo, visits Ireland
often, and especially enjoys taking his children there for an Irish Christmas.
Lawrence Flanagan joined MasterCard in October 1996. He is currently the executive
vice president and chief marketing officer, Worldwide Marketing and Communications.
Flanagan is also a member of the company’s Operating Committee. Lawrence
is responsible for building the value of the MasterCard brand on behalf of customer
financial institutions and shareholders as well as managing the brands of the
company’s various consumer payment solutions.
The force behind MasterCard’s Priceless advertising campaign, Flanagan’s
guidance has resulted in the ad currently airing in more than 90 countries.
The campaign has won numerous awards and honors. In 2004, Lawrence Flanagan
was recognized as one of the most influential figures in sports by Sports Business
Flanagan is a fourth-generation Irish-American with roots in Galway. The first
Flanagan migrated to New Haven, CT on January 10, 1850.
Flanagan holds a B.S degree from the University of New Haven. He currently
resides in Darien, Connecticut with his wife and three children.
William J. Flynn
Mutual of America
During his 34 years with Mutual of America, Bill Flynn established himself
as a great leader, whose business skills were reflected in Mutual of America’s
performance and recognized throughout the life insurance industry. Now Mutual’s
Chairman Emeritus, Flynn’s commitment to social justice continues to be
felt in the success of the Irish peace process and the work of the National
Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP). As the first Irish-American chairman
of the NCAFP, it was Flynn who invited all of Northern Ireland’s political
leaders, including Gerry Adams, to the U.S., propelling Northern Ireland into
the peace process. A graduate of Fordham University, Flynn is a first-generation
Irish-American with roots in counties Mayo and Down.
In 1996, he was Grand Marshal of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day
Parade. In 2005, the Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding presented
him with a Special Peacemaker in Action Award “for a lifetime devoted
to conflict resolution.”
Aer Lingus, North America
Executive Vice President Jack Foley oversees all strategic, operational and
marketing programs for Aer Lingus in North America. Aer Lingus has transformed
itself to compete in the evolving world of low cost, low fare aviation by following
a strategy of continuing to lower fares while maintaining the key customer service
elements of friendliness, courtesy, safety and professionalism. The company
receives less than two complaints per thousand customers in the busiest period
Foley has come a long way from his first job in the airline business, as a bag
loader for Lufthansa at JFK. That job, however, paid for his bachelor of science
and M.B.A. in international marketing from St. John's University. In 1979, Foley
joined British Airways and rose through the company ranks to the position of
vice president of marketing in the U.S. In 1996 he was recruited by Aer Lingus
to manage their TransAtlantic Division. A second-generation Irish-American from
County Cork, Foley is on the board of directors of the Ireland-U.S. Business
Council. He lives on Long Island with his wife and their son.
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Executive Chairman William Clay Ford is the great-grandson of Henry
Ford, who was the son of an Irish immigrant from County Cork. Henry “put
the world on wheels by making personal mobility affordable,” and William
Jr. is leading the 102-year-old company that bears his family name.
Bill Ford joined Ford in 1979 and is a dedicated environmentalist. His efforts
won him the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality Award. In
2000, under Ford’s leadership, the company published its first corporate
citizenship report outlining the economic, environmental and social impact of
its global operations. As vice chairman of the Detroit Lions, he led efforts
to build a new, environmentally friendly stadium in Detroit and helped expand
the Detroit Police Athletic League youth football program. He is also Honorary
Chairman of the Southeast Michigan Consortium for Water Quality. Ford holds
a B.A. from Princeton University, where he has served as a trustee, and a master’s
from MIT. He resigned as Ford’s CEO in September, but said he intends
“to stay extremely active in the company.”
Bob Frank is president of KOCH Records, the leading and fastest growing independent
music company in the U.S.
Frank, launched the label by coordinating KOCH’s deal with the Velvel
Music Group in 1999.
KOCH has released music from across all genres, including Ringo Starr, Earl
Klugh, Xzibit, The Wiggles and many more.
Frank has spent many years in the music industry. He became president of the
Velvel Music Group in 1997. He also spent eight years with Polygram Records,
four as the Senior Vice President/ General Manager of Mercury Nashville Records.
During his time at Mercury the label released 10-time platinum albums by Shania
Twain and Billy Ray Cyrus. Sales also increased from $16 to $150 million, and
Mercury became the most profitable label in Polygram three years in a
Married with one child, Frank traces his Irish roots to Wexford, and made his
first trip to the Emerald Isle at Christmas, 2004.
Entering his 30th year with Giants Enterprises, a wholly owned subsidiary
of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, Patrick Gallagher has risen in the
ranks from marketing director to president.
Before joining the Giants organization, he was an executive at Marine World/Africa
USA and Sea World theme parks. With the Giants, Gallagher played a large role
in the design and naming rights of the new stadium, SBC Stadium. Pacific
Bell was the original partner. He now develops other uses for the stadium besides
baseball, such as soccer matches and concerts. Under his leadership, the Giants
have received numerous accolades, including the MLB Marketing Excellence award.
Gallagher is a past president for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Peninsula
area. He also sits on the executive committees of the San Francisco Convention
and Visitors Bureau and Special Olympics of Northern California. A second-generation
Irish-American, Gallagher traces his roots to counties Donegal and Clare. He
and his wife Joan live in Palo Alto with their two children.
Michael J. Gibbons
Estée Lauder Companies
Estée Lauder executive vice president Michael J. Gibbons has been an
integral part of the cosmetics giant for almost 40 years. Since joining the
company in 1967, Gibbons has held a number of positions, including marketing
director, vice president of Clinique, and general manager of Aramis before assuming
his current position. Estée Lauder is the parent company for 20 brands
and has ownership over scents marketed by Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors,
Sean Combs, Donna Karan, and Donald Trump.
A first-generation Irish-American, Gibbons was raised in an Irish neighborhood
in the Bronx. He graduated from St. Francis College and served in the U.S. Navy.
Gibbons is involved in several Irish-American organizations. He is president
of the Ireland-U.S. Council for Commerce and Industry and has served as a director
for The American Ireland Fund and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Foundation.
He is founder and co-chairman of the Knights of St. Patrick. A member of the
Mayo Society. Gibbons lives in New York with his wife Cynthia. The couple has
four grown children.
Robert C. Golden
Bob Golden joined Prudential in 1976 and is now executive vice president of
Prudential Financial. Under his leadership, Prudential founded a technology
and call center in County Donegal, which now employs 450 people.
Golden, who earned his B.S. and M.B.A. from Fordham University, serves as first
vice chair and director of HeartShare Human Services of New York, a nonprofit
organization for children in need. In 2000, he received the Ellis Island Medal
of Honor. In 2001, he was named Man of the Year by Catholic Charities of Brooklyn
and by the New York Aquarium, and in 2002, by Catholic Big Brothers. Golden
is a Knight of Malta and a Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre.
A third-generation Irish-American with roots in County Mayo, Golden is a member
of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the
St. Patrick Society of Brooklyn. He and his wife Maureen live in Staten Island
with their two children, Katie and Bobby.
As Senior Vice President of Global Markets, John Hartnett is responsible for
Palm, Inc.’s worldwide revenue, a record $1.6 billion last fiscal year.
Palm is a market leader providing worldwide mobile computing solutions to consumers
and business, via breakthrough innovations from the original Palm Pilot to today’s
Treo line of smartphones. The company is headquartered in California and has
offices around the world, including a European engineering center in Dublin.
Hartnett has a marketing degree through the Marketing Institute of Ireland,
a post-graduate diploma in finance through the Association of Chartered Accountants
(ACCA) and completed the executive management program at Stanford University.
He is a native of Limerick, and on the board of the University of Limerick Foundation.
He is a Munster Rugby enthusiast, and recently formed Munster Rugby USA. Hartnett
is a member of The American Ireland Fund and the US-Ireland Alliance. He is
a partner in Atlantic Bridge Ventures, a European based venture capital firm
with offices in Dublin and London. He is married with four children and resides
in Los Gatos, California.
Houlihan - Parnes / iCap Realty Advisors
James J. Houlihan, representing the fourth generation in a family business
founded in 1891, is a licensed real estate broker. He is managing partner of
Houlihan-Parnes/iCap Realty Advisors, LLC, and a founding member of the new
national real estate company, iCap Realty Advisors. He was elected in 2001 to
be the first Chairman of the Board.
A graduate of Manhattan Preparatory School, and Fordham University’s School
of Business, Houlihan recently put together an exhibit entitled “Fighting
Irishmen: A Celebration of the Celtic Warrior” which premiered at the
Irish Arts Center in New York City. He is a member of the Friendly Son of St.
Patrick in Westchester and has served as Chairman of the Great Hunger Memorial
Committee of Westchester County. He also serves on the Board of Directors of
St. Patrick’s Home in the Bronx.
A fourth-generation Irish-American on his father’s side with roots in
Kenmare, Co. Kerry, and second-generation, with roots in Tyrone and Donegal,
on his mother’s side, Houlihan is a native New Yorker. He lives in Bronxville
with his wife Pat and their five children.
James B. Irwin
James B. Irwin, Sr., is the Chairman of Integrated Control Systems, Inc., a
Florida corporation, a worldwide productivity firm, and Chairman of IMPAC
University, a state-licensed degree-granting university in Florida.
Irwin purchased IMPAC in 1972 when it had only six employees. Today the company
and its affiliates are the world’s largest management-productivity
engineering organization working exclusively in this field.
He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award and received honors from
the United States National Task Force for Children and the Adam Walsh Foundation
for Missing and Exploited Children.
In 1994 he introduced the world’s largest literary prize for a single
work of fiction, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The annual
prize yields the winning author 100,000 euros.
Irwin, a second-generation Irish-American, grew up in the Bronx. His mother’s
family, the McCooks and O’Rourkes, arrived in the U.S. in the mid-19th
century. He is married with three children and four grandchildren.
E. Neville Isdell
The Coca-Cola Company
Neville Isdell was named to his current position as CEO of The Coca-Cola Company
in June 2004, and is the twelfth chairman of the board in the history of the
company. He began his career with Coca-Cola in 1966 at the local bottling plant
in Zambia and held management positions throughout Coca-Cola worldwide. In 1998
he became chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Beverages Plc in Great Britain, where
he oversaw that company’s merger with Hellenic Bottling and the formation
of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, then the world’s second-largest
He is chairman of the U.S. Russia Business Council, a member of the board of
trustees of the International Business leaders Forum and the United States Council
for International Business.
Isdell received a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University
of Cape Town and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Program for Management
Development. A native of Downpatrick, County Down, Isdell moved to Zambia as
Southwest Cheese Company
In September 2003, Maurice Keane was appointed CEO and President of Southwest
Cheese Company (SWC). He is currently overseeing the startup of SWC in a new
food business based in Clovis, New Mexico. At full capacity SWC will process
over 2.4 billion pounds milk and produce in excess of 250 million pounds of
cheese and 16.5 million pounds of high value-added whey proteins each year.
The venture, which is 50 percent owned by the Irish company Glanbia Foods, will
be one of the largest plants of its type in the world.
Prior to joining SWC, Keane spent 11 years with Glanbia Foods, and served as
commercial manager of the Agribusiness Division in Ireland.
A native of Ardmore, County Wexford, Keane was raised on an Irish dairy farm.
He is a graduate of University College Dublin where he received his Bachelor
of Agricultural Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree.
Maurice is also a graduate of the Irish Management Institute Strategic Leadership
Keane currently lives in Clovis, New Mexico with his wife Josephine and their
four children, Miriam, Conor, Maeve and Matthew.
JCB Construction Equipment
Marketing Vice President Paul Keogh of JCB Construction Equipment Company is
a new arrival to the U.S. Keogh moved to Savannah from Dublin, Ireland after
working as the Executive Director in charge of Worldwide Marketing at JCB’s
headquarters for three years.
Keogh has extensive senior international management experience and was Managing
Director of PolyGram Records in Ireland for ten years where he worked with acts
such as U2, the Cranberries and Van Morrison. He also worked for Anheuser Busch
and was involved in bringing Budweiser to the European market. He started his
career in Guinness at its Dublin brewery.
Keogh holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a master’s degree in International
Marketing from University College, Dublin. He is currently completing a Ph.D.
in Psychology. A native of Dublin, Keogh’s notable personal quote is “It’s
the leprechauns made me do it.” He lives in Savannah with his wife and
two children, and he is president of the Savannah chapter of the Irish Chamber
of Commerce, U.S.A.
Denis P. Kelleher
Wall Street Access
Denis Kelleher, the founder and CEO of Wall Street Access, was the Grand Marshal
in the 2005 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But his rise to huge
success certainly started with humble beginnings.
Emigrating from County Kerry in 1958, Denis Kelleher began his career in the
U.S. as a messenger with Merrill Lynch where through dynamic financial
talent, he rose dramatically through the company ranks.
In 1970 he was the founder and president of Ruane, Cunniff & Co. and vice
president of its Sequoia Fund. Then, in 1980, Kelleher took the experience he
gained at Merrill Lynch and founded Wall Street Access. The company is a diversified
financial services organization with expertise in money management and
trading for institutions and hedge funds.
A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1995, he is this year’s
medalist for the American Irish Historical Society. A graduate of St. John’s
University, Kelleher serves as its chairman of the board and is a board member
of The New Ireland Fund. He is married with three children.
Alfred F. Kelly,
As Group President at American Express, Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. oversees a number
of businesses, including: U.S. Consumer Card, OPEN from American Express, U.S.
Consumer Travel, U.S. Customer Service, Global Risk Management, Establishment
Services North America, and Global Travelers Cheque and Prepaid Services. Kelly
joined the company's Strategic Planning department in 1987. Before that, he
was head of Information Systems at The White House. He also held positions in
Information Systems and Strategic and Financial Planning at Pepsi Co. Kelly
serves on the Board of Directors of The Hershey Company and Concern Worldwide
USA. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital,
and was for 13 years a Trustee of Iona College. He is a member of the Council
on Foreign Relations and has served for the past 15 years as Vice Chairman of
the Wall Street Charity Golf Classic, a major fundraising event for the Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation. He received a BA (Summa Cum Laude) and MBA with Honors
from Iona College. A second-generation Irish-American with roots in Cork, Kelly
resides in New York's Westchester County with his wife and their five children.
In his role as President and CEO of Financial Dynamics in the United States,
Declan Kelly oversees the company’s operations in New York, Boston, Chicago,
San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
He is a senior advisor to several multinational corporations, governments
and representative organizations. He specializes in crisis management assignments
and corporate communications and has extensive international M&A experience
both here in the U.S. and in Europe.
Kelly received the 2005 Alumni Award for Business and Commerce from the National
University of Ireland, Galway. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of
Glucksman Ireland House at New York University. He sits on the board of directors
of The American Ireland Fund and of Cooperation Ireland. Born and reared just
outside Nenagh, County Tipperary, Kelly is married to Julia and lives in Manhattan.
In September, Financial Dynamics was acquired by the business consulting firm
FTI for $260 million. Kelly will remain as CEO of FD.
Christopher Kennedy, son of the late Senator Robert Kennedy, is the president
of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc (MMPI). MMPI manages a wide variety of office
space and sponsors numerous trade shows throughout the year. MMPI is a division
of the Vornado Realty Trust, which purchased it from the Kennedy family in 1998.
He joined the company as a research analyst in 1987, becoming a vice president
in 1991 and executive vice president in 1994. He was appointed president in
2000. Kennedy also serves in numerous nonprofit groups, and is on the
board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He belongs to the Chicago
Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of Chicago. Kennedy earned
his bachelor’s degree at Boston College, and a master’s in management
from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern. The Kennedy
family has roots in County Wexford. Chris is married and has four children,
Katherine, Christopher Jr., Sarah, and Clare.
Donald R. Keough
Allen & Company
Following his retirement as president, COO and director of the Coca-Cola Company
in 1993, Donald Keough became chairman of the board of Allen & Company Incorporated,
a New York investment-banking firm.
In 2004, Coca-Cola re-elected him to the post of director, making a change in
their retirement policy. Keough has been a crucial member of the company since
1950. Keough also serves on the boards of IAC/InterActive Corp., Global Yankee
Holdings, Convera Corporation, and Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Dame, his alma
mater Creighton University, Emory University, Trinity College, Dublin, University
College Dublin, Ireland and Clarke University. Notre Dame’s highest honor,
the Laetare Medal, was presented to Keough in 1993. In 1995, Keough established
the Keough Institute of Irish Studies at Notre Dame. He was elected a Fellow
of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2002, inducted into the Junior
Achievement National Business Hall of Fame in 2003.
Alan G. Lafley
The Procter & Gamble Company
As the Chairman, President and CEO of Procter and Gamble, Alan Lafley oversees
the largest consumer company in the world. Currently, 95 percent of American
households stock at least one of its products. Under Lafley’s leadership
sales have grown from 40 billion to over 68 billion.
Lafley received a B.A. degree from Hamilton College in 1969 and an M.B.A from
Harvard University in 1977, at which time he joined Procter and Gamble. He is
also a director of General Electric Company, and Dell, Inc. He serves on the
Board of Trustees at Hamilton College and is a member of the Lauder Institute
Board of Governors, the Business Roundtable and the Business Council. Chief
Executive magazine named him “CEO of the Year,” for 2006. He was
Irish America’s Keynote Speaker for its 2005 Business 100 Awards Luncheon
in New York Ctiy.
Lafley is a second-generation Irish-American who traces his roots to County
Cork. He cites the influence of his Irish grandmother, Catherine “Kitty”
Irwin, as of huge importance during his childhood in Keene, New Hampshire. Lafley
lives in Cincinnati with his wife Margaret.
Christine Leahy is Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
of CDW Corporation. CDW is a FORTUNE 500 company and a leading provider of technology
products and services for businesses, government agencies and educational institutions.
In 2002 Leahy joined the CDW team as the company’s first in-house counsel.
In her current position as vice president and general counsel, Christine is
responsible for all legal strategy and implementation.
Prior to CDW she served as corporate partner in the Chicago office of Sidley,
Austin, Brown and Wood.
Christine earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a J.D from
the Boston College Law School. She’s a member of the American, Chicago
and Washington D.C Bar Associations.
Christine Leahy is a fourth generation Irish-American who traces her roots
to County Cork. She cites determination as her most Irish characteristic. Leahy’s
favorite Irish celebrities are Frank McCourt and Van Morrison.
Christine lives in Glencoe, IL. She is married with two children.
In his eleven-year career as senior vice president at Visa, Michael Lynch has
led the company’s sponsorship marketing business to the pinnacle of the
industry. Thanks to Lynch’s leadership Visa was recently recognized by
Event Marketer magazine as the only financial services company among “The
25 Best Sponsors in America” and was heralded as “The most well-rounded
Michael Lynch joined Visa in 1995 after serving as vice president of events
for Radio City Music Hall Productions. Prior to that Lynch was vice president
and general manager of ProServ Inc.
A frequent visitor to Ireland, Lynch is a third-generation Irish-American. His
father’s family comes from Galway and his mother’s from Cork. His
favorite Irish group is U2 for the role the band plays in world affairs as well
as for its great music.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Cornell University Johnson
Graduate School of Management, Lynch has both a BBA in Accounting and an MBA
in Marketing. He lives in California with his wife and two daughters, McKenzie
Levi Strauss Corporation
Philip Marineau, president and CEO of Levi Strauss Corp & Co., has been
a leader in consumer products and marketing for three decades. When Marineau
took over as CEO in 1999 the Levi Strauss was in a slump, today the San Francisco
jean company has turned a corner and is once again turning a profit. Prior to
his role at Levi Strauss, Marineau was the president and CEO of Pepsi-Cola North
America. He was the leader in the 1990’s Pepsi surge that climaxed with
Pepsi outselling Coke in 1998.
From 1996-1997, the Georgetown graduate and Vietnam veteran who holds an MBA
from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, was president and COO
of Dean Foods Company. He previously worked for the Quaker Oats company for
Marineau, 59, who will retire on November 26, 2006, grew up in an Irish Catholic
neighborhood known as “The Patch” on Chicago’s North side.
His Irish grandmother, Mamie, lived with the family. Mamie’s family left
County Kerry during the potato famine and settled in the U.S. in the 1850s.
Marineua is married with two children.
Brian P. McAndrews
Named by Business 2.0 in 2006 as one of the “50 Who Matter Now.”
Brian McAndrews has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of aQuantive
since 1999. He was also ranked by Advertising Age as one of the top 20 players
in the interactive advertising space. Brian is currently responsible for developing
the long-term strategic vision as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations
of the company.
Prior to joining aQuantive, Inc., McAndrews worked at ABC for nine years, holding
executive positions at ABC Sports, ABC Entertainment and the ABC Television
Network. Brian has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Harvard.
A third-generation Irish-American, Brian traces his roots to Sligo on his father’s
side and Kiltimagh in County Mayo on his mother’s. He’s had the
opportunity to visit Ireland once on a backpacking trip in college and found
the country to be beautiful and welcoming.
As far as his most Irish characteristic Brian, who lives in Seattle, cites “luck,”
listing his wonderful wife, two children, and interesting career among his great
James F. McCaffrey
Turner Broadcasting System
As executive vice president of operations and strategy for Turner Broadcasting
System, Inc. Jim McCaffrey leads a team of senior executives responsible for
Strategic Planning, New Products, Research and Development and Studios and Technology
among other responsibilities.
Prior to joining TBS, Inc. in 1995, McCaffrey worked for the O&W Group,
a worldwide consulting and systems development company that specializes in providing
technological and operations solutions to large corporate clients.
Jim graduated from Cornell University. He has an M.A in Business Administration
from New York University’s Stern School of Business. McCafferey serves
on the board of trustees of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the Georgia Partnership
for Excellence in Education.
McCaffrey is a third-generation Irish-American, who traces his family roots
to County Clare on his father’s side and Cork on his mother’s. His
favorite Irish writer is the poet W.B Yeats. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with
his wife Susan and son Christopher.
When Jim McCann started 1-800-Flowers.com in 1976, people told him that he
couldn’t change customers' purchase behaviors.
Luckily, McCann did not listen to them, or he would not now have a company with
annual revenues approaching $1 billion.
McCann started his company with a single flower shop 30 years ago in addition
to his regular job as a social worker. He eventually expanded it to a regional
chain in the New York area. 1-800-Flowers.com was one of the first online retailers.
The company now has other brands including Plow & Hearth, 1-800-Baskets,
The Popcorn Factory, Cheryl & Co. and Fannie May Confections.
McCann is a third-generation Irish-American with roots in counties Armagh
and Limerick. He credits his love of storytelling to his Irish heritage, and
has three books to his name. The most recent, A Year Full of Flowers, was co-authored
with his sister Julie Mulligan. He is married with three children.
Most widely known for building “The Best Ballpark in America,”
the title given by ESPN to PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Kevin McClatchy is the Chief
Executive Officer and Managing General Partner of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In
this role he is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the franchise.
He also serves on MLB’s Executive Council, International Committee and
McClatchy earned his degree in Political Science from the University of California
at Santa Barbara, and is now a member of their Board of Trustees. He is also
involved with the United Way Foundation, the Western Pennsylvania School for
the Deaf and Animal Friends, Boy Scouts of America and funding for cancer research.
He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the Pittsburgh community
including the Distinguished Leadership award from the Southwestern Pennsylvania
chapter of the American Red Cross. McClatchy, a fifth- generation Irish-American
with roots in County Antrim, is part of the distinguished newspaper family,
which acquired the Sacramento Bee, the first of its 11 daily newspapers in 1857.
Mark A. McComiskey
First Reserve Corporation
In June, 2004 Mark A. McComiskey joined First Reserve Corporation, a private
equity firm specializing in energy industry investments, as the managing director.
His responsibilities include deal organization, structuring, execution and monitoring
with a particular emphasis on the energy infrastructure section.
Prior to joining First Reserve, McComiskey was a principal at Clayton, Dubilier
and Rice. While there, he gained substantial experience in the manufacturing
and service industries. Previously, McComiskey worked at Debevoise and Plimpton
where his primary duties involved structuring, negotiating and documenting mergers
Born in Dublin, Ireland, McComiskey, who says his favorite Irish-Aemrican writer
is F. Scott Fitzgerald, graduated Harvard College magna cum laude with an A.B.
in Economics. He also has a J.D degree from Harvard Law.
McComiskey lives in Easton, Connecticut and is married with one child. His mother’s
family come from Claremore, County Mayo.
Judy McGrath was promoted to chairman and CEO, MTV Networks in July 2004. Previously,
McGrath was MTV Networks Group President and was responsible for MTV, MTV2,
VH1, CMT, Comedy Central and LOGO, the first gay-themed cable channel.
Her role includes overall responsibility for these networks and Nickelodeon,
Nick at Nite, Spike TV, TV Land, Noggin,
The N, MTV Digital Suite, MTV Networks International and all of the company’s
related consumer products and digital businesses.
Since McGrath joined MTV Network’s predecessor company in 1981, she has
helped bring MTV from a maverick cable channel to a maverick global brand. McGrath
has been the brainpower behind much of MTV’s most successful programming
ventures, including The Osbournes, The Real World and Total Request Live.
Raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, McGrath is married and lives with her husband
and daughter in New York City.
At a recent U2 concert in New York, Bono publically thanked McGrath for MTV’s
support of his anti-poverty campaign.
Andrew J. McKenna
Besides his role as chairman of Schwarz, an international distributor of paper
packaging and allied products, Andrew McKenna is also chairman of McDonald’s
Corporation. He also serves as a director of the AON Corporation and the Chicago
Bears Football Team, Click Commerce and Skyline Corporation. Over the years,
McKenna has served on many civic, community and philanthropic boards. He is
a director of The American Ireland Fund, Children’s Memorial Hospital
of Chicago, the Big Shoulders Fund of the Archdiocese of Chicago, The Ireland
Economic Advisory Board and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
A graduate of Notre Dame with a B.S. in business administration, McKenna was
awarded the university’s Laetare Medal in 2000. He served on it’s
board of trustees from 1992-2000. He is also a graduate of the DePaul University
Law School where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence. A second-generation
Irish-American, McKenna has roots in Counties Mayo and Monaghan. He and his
wife Joan have seven grown children and 22 grandchildren.
George Moore is CEO and co-founder of Targus Information, a privately-held
company specializing in integrating real-time intelligence about consumers and
business into CRM (customer relationship management) and eCRM applications.
He co-founded the company in 1993 to develop a new generation of information
products using intelligent call processing. In addition to his role at Targus,
Moore is chairman of Performix Technologies and Buyers Choice Media, and is
chairman and owner of Erne Heritage Holdings, which owns Belleek and Galway
Moore joined CACI in 1976 and developed information systems that are now considered
industry standards. Later, he founded National Decision Systems. He serves on
the Ireland America Economic Advisory Board, the Northern Ireland Trade &
Investment Council, and is a trustee of the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund.
He earned graduate degrees from University College Dublin (UCD) and George Washington
University. He received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from UCD in 1991. Moore
is married with three children.
Thomas J. Moran
Mutual of America
As Chairman, President and CEO of Mutual of America – one of the nation’s
preeminent life insurance companies – Tom Moran is a familiar face in
the business world. Moran began his career with Mutual in 1975 as a pension
underwriter and in 1994 he became the first CEO to emerge from within
its ranks. He serves on many boards including Aer Lingus, National Committee
on American Foreign Policy, the Smurfit Graduate School of Business at
UCD, and the United Way of New York City. He is also chairman of Concern Worldwide
(U.S.), and a member of the Taoiseach’s Economic Advisory Board.
Moran has been awarded the Calvary Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the
Terence Cardinal Cooke Award, and has received an honorary doctorate in law
from the National University of Ireland. A native New Yorker, Moran earned a
B.S. from Manhattan College. He traces his Irish ancestors to County Fermanagh
and County Tipperary, and lives in New York City with his wife Joan.
Anne M. Mulcahy is chairman of the board and chief executive officer
of Xerox Corporation. It is the culmination of a 30-year career with the corporation,
providing high-value technologies, products and solutions, document systems
and services to business managers worldwide. Mulcahy joined the company in 1976
as a sales representative and held various sales and senior management positions.
Named Vice President for Human Resources in 1992, Senior Vice President in 1998
and Executive Vice President in 1999, in 2000 she was elected President and
COO. Finally in August 2001 she was named CEO of Xerox and chairman on Jan 1
In addition to the Xerox board, she is a member of the boards of directors of
Catalyst, Citigroup Inc., Fuji Xerox Company, Ltd.. and Target Corporation,
and is a member of The Business Council.
Mulcahy, who was born in Rockville Centre, New York, holds a B.A. in English/Journalism
from Marymount. A second-generation Irish-American, she traces her roots to
counties Cavan and Mayo.
Since 2001, Greg Murphy has been one of the preeminent figures in Alliance
Bernstein Investment Management Institutional, a firm with over $659 billion
in assets. Murphy is currently the senior vice president, regional director
of the Western U.S. and is responsible for over $20 billion in institutional
investment assets. In this position Murphy has focused on the marketing of the
firm’s investment products to Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett Packard,
and other Fortune 100 firms.
Prior to his time with Alliance Bernstein, Murphy spent 10 years with Mellon
Institutional Investment Management. He graduated from the University of Bridgeport
with a degree in marketing and while there was a member of the basketball team
that went to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. Murphy received his M.B.A.
from St. John’s University.
He is a third-generation Irish-American with ties to Cork and Dublin. He is
a member of The American Ireland Fund in New York City and San Francisco. Murphy
lives in Calabasas, California with his wife Allison McQuade and their three
children, Ryan Luke and Gavin.
John V. Murphy
Oppenheimer Funds Inc.
John Murphy is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oppenheimer
Funds, Inc. Since joining the company in August 2000, Murphy has focused his
attention on growing the company beyond traditional mutual funds. His company
has twelve offshore funds registered in Dublin
A graduate of Boston College and a certified public accountant, Murphy started
his financial career with Arthur Andersen & Co. before becoming a founder
of Liberty Financial Companies, Inc.
He recently joined the Board of Directors for Project Rebirth, Inc., a non-profit
organization dedicated to documenting the rebuilding of the World Trade Center
site. A member of The American Ireland Fund, Murphy is a second-generation Irish-American
who traces his roots to Cork.
During his trips to Ireland, Murphy visits the farm where his grandfather was
born. His favorite personal quote is, “When you wake up in the morning
only you can decide what kind of attitude you will have.” Murphy lives
in Cotuit, Massachusetts, with his wife, Kathleen and their three children.
Aston Martin Jaguar
Mike O’Driscoll, president of Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America,
is responsible for the marketing, sales and service of the company’s automobiles
in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He has held this position since 2001.
O’Driscoll joined Jaguar Rover Triumph in 1975 as a business student,
and held various positions in Finance, Product Development and Marketing. In
1987 he became Marketing and Product Planning Manager for Jaguar Cars North
America, a position he held until 1992 when he was appointed General Sales Manager
for the United States. O’Driscoll took a short break from Jaguar in 1995,
when he went to work for Ford and Lincoln Mercury, where he held various senior
management positions. He rejoined Jaguar in 1999 as president of Jaguar North
O’Driscoll, who was born in Coventry, England, to an Irish father from
County Cork, has an MBA from the University of Warwick. He visits Ireland often
and says that his fondest memories are of taking his children to see the country.
He resides in Potomac, Maryland with his wife and children.
Tully’s Coffee Corporation
Starbucks’ attempt to lease space in one of Tom O’Keefe’s
shopping centers in 1991 ‘brewed’ his interest in specialty coffee,
and months later he founded Tully’s Coffee, a premiere West Coast
coffee chain. As well as being chairman of the board of Tully’s, O’Keefe
is also founder, president and CEO of the O’Keefe Development Corporation,
a real estate company.
O’Keefe donates a large portion of his time to nonprofit organizations.
He received the “Breath of Life” award with his wife Cathy, for
their efforts to cure cystic fibrosis. He has also been honored by Big
Brothers, the UMC, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Juvenile Diabetes
Foundation. O’Keefe is also a member of the United Way Million Dollar
O’Keefe is a graduate of the University of Washington. He and his wife
Cathy have three children. He cites Henry Ford as an Irish-American inspiration,
and says his most Irish characteristic is “Blarney…and proud of
Robert C. O’Leary
Cox Enterprises Inc.
Bob O’Leary is executive vice president and CEO of Cox Enterprises,
Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies. He is responsible for
the company’s treasury, financial reporting, tax and audit functions.
He also serves on the board of directors at Cox.
O’Leary joined Cox in 1982 as vice president of finance for Cox Cable
Communications (now Cox Communications, Inc). Working his way through the ranks,
O’Leary became executive vice president and chief financial officer in
A second-generation Irish-American, O’Leary, who was born in Boston, traces
his roots to Cork on his father’s side and Armagh on his mother’s.
He is a frequent visitor to Ireland on family trips as well as golfing expeditions.
A magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a bachelor’s degree
in economics, he also holds a master’s degree in administration from Boston
College’s Carroll School of Management. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with
his wife, and three children, and serves on the board of directors of the Georgia
Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
John O’ Reilly
O’Reilly Law Group
John O’Reilly is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the O’Reilly
Law Group, LLC, law offices providing full legal services with a focus on gaming.
He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Business Resource Group,
and was formerly employed in public accounting at Ernst and Ernst. A participant
in the gaming industry for over 30 years now, O’Reilly is the author of
a number of related articles.
O’Reilly is a cum laude graduate of St. Louis University where he earned
a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting.
He is also a cum laude graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a
master’s degree in Business Administration. He is a member of the UNLV
International Gaming Institute Advisory Board and is Chairman of the Government
Affairs Section of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys. O’Reilly
is fourth-generation Irish-American with roots in County Cavan and County Mayo.
He is a member of the Sons of Erin, the Emerald Society Police and Fire Board,
and the Knights of Columbus. He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife and
Dennis J. Purcell
Dennis Purcell has served as the Senior Managing Director of Aisling Capital
since February 2000. Prior to that, Purcell served as Managing Director of the
Life Sciences Investment Banking Group at Chase H&Q (formerly Hambrecht
& Quist, “H&Q”) for over 5 years, and served on the Executive
Committee of Hambrecht & Quist. During his tenure, BioWorld and other industry
publications cited H&Q as the leading underwriter of life sciences securities
from 1995 through 1998. He was honored in the “Biotech Hall of Fame”
by Genetic Engineering News in June 1998 and named to the Biotechnology All-Stars
list by Forbes ASAP in May 1999. Purcell serves as a director of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals,
Inc., Valentis, Inc., Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Bridge Pharmaceuticals,
Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Industry
Organization (BIO)-Emerging Companies Section and the Irvington Institute. Purcell
received a B.S. in Economics and Accounting from the University of Delaware
and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. He is a second-generation Irish-American
with family from Tyrone and Kilkenny. He is married with four children.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Dennis Quinn is the vice president of business development and Midwest sales
manager for Turner Broadcasting System, a subsidiary of Time Warner, which is
a major producer of news and entertainment around the world and the leading
provider of programming for the cable industry. Quinn heads the company’s
designated point group on all approved domestic new business activity, is responsible
for guiding collaboration between the various Turner divisions that are involved
in business development concerning new media, and the Internet and digital delivery
Before joining TBS in 1992, Quinn was an account director with Act Media and
a regional manager for Whittle Communications. He earned his Bachelor of Arts
in history from Virginia Military Institute and went on to serve as a U.S. Air
Force Navigator and bombardier on B-52 bombers. He also served as an instructor
at the United States Air Force Academy.
Quinn is a second-generation Irish-American with roots in County Mayo. He lives
with his wife and two children in Plainfield, New Jersey.
Arthur F. Ryan
The Prudential Insurance Company
Arthur Ryan is chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial Inc., one of the largest
diversified financial institutions in the world. When Ryan took
his position in 1994, he became the first chairman and CEO in the company’s
history to be elected from outside the company. Previously Ryan was president
and COO of Chase Manhattan Bank, where he had a 22-year career. Ryan was named
chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers in October 2003 and is co-chair
of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Ryan is also a member of the Council
on Foreign Relations and the board of trustees of New York Presbyterian Hospital,
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and co-chair of the board of Achieve, Inc.,
an organization created by U.S. governors and business leaders to drive high
academic standards for public schools in the U.S.
He is a graduate of Providence College with a degree in mathematics. Ryan is
a second-generation Irish-American with roots in Tipperary. He is married with
Irish native John Ryan co-founded Macrovision Corporation in 1983, where he
invented what came to be known as the Macrovision Process, the first technology
that allowed the Hollywood studios to protect against illegal copying of videocassettes.
During Macrovision's early years, the technology was used on billions of videocassettes
but it was later adapted to protect many more billions of DVDs. Today, just
about every DVD player worldwide includes Ryan's technology. Ryan holds over
60 U.S. patents in television camera design, video encryption and copy protection.
Macrovision is now a NASDAQ traded company valued at over a billion dollars.
It is a world leader in digital rights management and software licensing technologies
to combat digital piracy. The company offers solutions that enable its customers
to electronically control the use of digital content and software.
Ryan studied physics and mathematics at Galway University . He is a member of
the board of the University of Limerick foundation and supports educational,
cultural and community development initiatives in his hometown of Tipperary.
As Aon’s chairman and CEO, Patrick Ryan has watched his company become
the world’s largest reinsurance broker. Aon has 55,000 employees in more
than 125 countries.
The company’s name: Aon, is Gaelic for one and isn’t its only Irish
link. Aon has established reinsurance and risk management operations in Dublin’s
International Financial Services Center, and has made substantial acquisitions
of Irish-based companies operating in its sector.
Ryan was named one of America’s top ten corporate directors in 1998. Among
his many honors are Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 2001 Man of
the Year, and the Order of Lincoln Medallion, Chicago’s highest award.
In September 2003, he was honored by the Ireland-U.S. Council at a dinner in
Ryan, who has roots in Tipperary, is chairman of the board of trustees of Northwestern
University, his alma mater. He and his wife, Shirley, with whom he founded the
Pathways Center for Children and the Pathways Awareness Foundation, have three
As president of Shamrock Acquisitions, Carl Shanahan is one of the most prominent
Irish businessmen and patrons of Irish culture in Connecticut. Shanahan’s
businesses employ over 1300 people and include a building maintenance company,
Shamrock Building Services, Specialty Wire and Cable Company, a high technology
cable and wire business, and one of Ireland’s best known luxury hotels,
The Dunraven Arms in County Limerick. Not bad for a man who immigrated to the
United States from Limerick with $2.80 in his pocket.
Shanahan is a co-founder and president of The Wild Geese, a Stamford-based not-for-profit
organization dedicated to promoting the richness of the Irish experience, not
just in the Irish-American community, but in the broader community as well.
He is an active board member on a number of cultural organizations, including
New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House, Ireland-U.S. Council and
the Irish American Cultural Institute. Shanahan and his wife Mary live in Shippan
Point. He is the father of six sons, two stepdaughters, one stepson, and grandfather
Dennis J Shaughnessy
Dennis Shaughnessy is Chairman of the Board of FTI Consulting, Inc. FTI is
the premier provider of corporate finance/restructuring, forensic and litigation
consulting and economic consulting. Before assuming his current position in
2004, Dennis was a general partner of the Grotech Capital Group. Shaughnessy’s
prior experience includes positions as president and chief executive officer
of CRI International, Inc. and Vice President in Charge of Corporate Financial
Services Department for the Mercantile Bank and Trust Company.
A third-generation Irish-American, Shaughnessy traces his father’s family
roots to Galway. FTI Consulting has a subsidiary in Dublin. He is also a member
of the Friendly Sons of Patrick. He considers his temper and passion to be his
most Irish characteristics.
Dennis graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in economics and
has his J.D degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. He currently
lives in Wellington, Florida with his wife and three children.
Joseph M. Sheridan
Wakefern Food Corporation
Joseph Sheridan has been the Executive Vice President of the Wakefern Food
Corporation since 1996 after working his way through the company for 30 years.
Wakefern is the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States and
serves as the merchandising and distribution arm for ShopRite in most of the
Sheridan worked in several management positions within Wakefern, including the
Grocery, Direct Store Delivery, Bakery, and General Merchandise divisions. Along
with his current responsibility as Executive Vice President, Sheridan serves
on the Board of Directors of the National Grocers Association and is a member
of the Food Marketing Institute’s Wholesale Advisor Board.
He was the recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Breath of Life
Award and the President’s Award from the Hillsborough Education Foundation.
Married with three children, Sheridan lives in Hillsborough, New Jersey. A second-generation
Irish-American, he graduated from Kean University with a B.S. in Management
Margaret Smyth is vice president and chief accounting officer for 3M. She is
responsible for leading and managing the financial reporting. Prior to that
she was senior partner in the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. She
has vast experience in IPOs and participates in structuring joint ventures.
Before Deloitte, Smyth was an assurance partner at Andersen’s North American
technology, media, and communications assurance practice. She also was one of
20 partners on Andersen’s CEO advisory council, and was responsible for
a program with major league baseball that checked the integrity of baseball
Smyth is a second-generation Irish-American, and is an Irish citizen. She has
roots in counties Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim. She is a member of the Ireland U.S.
Council, The American Ireland Fund, and is a trustee of Fordham University.
She received her B.A. at Fordham and her M.S. at New York University’s
Stern School of Business, both in accounting. She is also on the board of trustees
of the Catholic Home Bureau. She is married to Berney, and they have two sons.
Patrick Stokes is President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch Companies and chairman
of Anheuser-Busch International. Stokes has been with the $17 billion international
corporation for over 37 years, originally working in the corporate planning
department. In 1990 he was named president of Anheuser-Busch Inc. and in 1999
he became chairman of Anheuser-Busch International Inc.
In 2000 he was elected to the board of directors and in 2002 he took over as
CEO, and assumed charge of all manufacturing activity. Under the leadership
of Stokes the company has continued to grow and today holds 48.7 percent of
the domestic beer industry. Stokes received a bachelor’s in mathematics
from Boston College in 1964 and got his M.B.A. from Columbia University. In
1991 he was presented with the Boston College Award for Excellence in Commerce.
Before joining Anheuser-Busch, Stokes served for two years in the U.S. Army.
A second-generation Irish-American, Stokes traces his Irish heritage through
his father’s family to Limerick and returns regularly. He feels his most
Irish characteristic is his sense of humor.
James T Sullivan
Jim Sullivan began his position as president, national sales of CBS Television
Stations in February 2006. He is currently responsible for the national sales
of 21 television stations. Prior to his new position, Sullivan was the vice
president and director of sales for CBS’s Chicago-owned station, WBBM-TV
where he was responsible for re-staffing both the management and local sales
staff. His duties also included developing a new business initiative.
Before going into television sales, Sullivan worked in the banking industry
where his positions included the handling of institutional sales, fixed income,
foreign exchange and bond funds.
Born in Bayside, New York, Sullivan attended St. John’s University in
New York where he received both his B.A. in Finance and an M.B.A. in International
Finance. He is a second generation Irish-American with roots in Cork and Kerry.
Sullivan enjoys the music of U2 and is planning on visiting Ireland again soon.
After watching this year’s Ryder Cup he is looking forward to playing
the K Club golf course.
Sullivan currently lives in Manhasset, New York with his wife and son.
Fox Television Stations Group
Dennis Swanson became President of Station Operations, Fox Television Stations
Group in 2005. In this role he helps manage the 35 Fox owned-and-operated stations
across the country. Before working for Fox, he was the executive vice president
and COO of the Viacom Television Stations Group. In his previous capacity, as
head of WNBC Channel 4 in New York, he was named “Broadcaster of the Year”
by Broadcasting & Cable, an industry trade publication.
Swanson has received recognition throughout his career, including the George
Foster Peabody Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He was recently re-elected
chairman of the board of trustees of the National Academy of Television Arts
and Sciences and is a member of the Ireland-US Council for Commerce and Industry.
Born in California, Swanson was raised in Springfield, Illinois and
has Irish ancestry from County Mayo. His great-grandfather emigratedduring the
famine in 1848. Swanson is married with three children and nine grandchildren.
ABC Cable Networks Group
Being named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by
Fortune magazine and one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,”
by Forbes, comes naturally to Anne Sweeney.
As co-chairman of Media Networks, The Walt Disney Co., and president of the
Disney-ABC Television Group, Sweeney has risen through the ranks of television
with one success after another. She has presided over a quadrupling of Disney
Channel subscribers, and the launch of the successful SOAPnet and Toon Disney
channels. In 2004 she was awarded the Cable Television Public Affairs Association’s
Sweeney, who earned her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle and her Ed.M.
from Harvard, traces her Irish background to Meath, Kerry and Mayo. Active in
both industry and community organizations, Sweeney was elected a director of
the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
in March 2001. She, her husband, Philip Miller, and their two children and reside
in Los Angeles.
William D. Walsh
William Walsh is founder and chairman of Sequoia Associates LLC, a private
investment firm that specializes in leveraged buyouts. He is also the chairman
of Creativity, Inc. and Ameriscape Inc., and serves on the board of directors
of URS Corporation. Before founding Sequoia he was senior vice president and
chief administrative officer of Arcata Corporation and prior to that was a consultant
with McKinsey and Company.
Walsh is a member of the Knights of Malta. He has been on the board of the American
Ireland Fund since 1997, the Hoover Institution since 1998, and on the advisory
board of Trinity College’s Neuroscience Institute in Dublin, Ireland since
2004. He received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Fordham in 2003 and Trinity
in 2005. He also received his B.A. from Fordham University and his J.D from
Walsh is first-generation Irish-American on his father’s side and third
on his mother’s side. He traces his family roots to County Mayo. He is
married with six children.