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BUSINESS The Business 100 celebrates the great success of the Irish in corporate America. The executives profiled in the following pages represent some of the most influential and innovative corporations in the world, in sectors ranging from technology to cosmetics, from publishing to insurance, from advertising to automobiles. From those who were born in Ireland to those who feel strongly connected to an ancestor who immigrated generations ago, all of the honorees hold their Irish heritage in the highest regard. Their achievements are a testament to the incredible scope, power and accomplishments of the Irish diaspora. Irish America is proud to recognize this remarkable group of men and women. Congratulations to all of the honorees.

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“The McGraws brought from Ireland a great love of learning and a belief that honesty and hard work are fundamental to strong societies.” – Harold (Terry) McGraw, III, The McGraw Hill Companies

“For me, being Irish is about perseverance, resilience and gratitude, and I am proud to embody those traits in everything I do.” – Alan Ennis, Revlon




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“My Irishness is an absolutely integral part of my sense of self. From the facts around my greatgrandparents’ immigration to this country to the stories of their life in 19th century Lowell, Massachusetts and specifically their life in the very home where my father lived all his life, I have felt connected to Ireland and the struggles of the Irish immigrants to this country all my life.” – Tim Sullivan,

“It’s just so easy being there, because Ireland is a country you can get your arms around pretty easily. It’s like going to the next parish. ” – Jim Quinn, Tiffany & Co.

“When I think of my Irish heritage, I think of laughter – laughing with my aunts and uncles, my brothers and my friends in Dublin. Being Irish means being able to find the beauty and humor in almost anything.” – Brian Monahan, MAGNA Global

“Our Irish heritage grounded our family in tradition, and taught us from an early age to be respectful and curious about our family history.” – Patricia Farrell, Aetna

Most Mentioned Colleges and Universities: Harvard • University College Dublin • Northwestern • Trinity College Dublin • Georgetown Most Popular Counties of Origin: Cork • Kerry • Dublin Tipperary • Mayo • Roscommon Ancestral Links: 1st Generation 5th Generation

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Charlene Begley is president and CEO of GE Home & Business Solutions and a senior vice president and CIO for GE. Charlene joined GE in 1988 and progressed through leadership roles including vice president, GE Corporate Audit Staff and president and CEO for several GE businesses including GE FANUC Automation, Transportation, Plastics, and Enterprise Solutions. At 32, she became the company’s youngest ever corporate officer, and she also set the record as the first woman to lead one of GE’s major business units and the first female senior vice president. Her accomplishments have been recognized on lists in Fortune, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Charlene is a member of GE’s Corporate Executive Council and the boards of Morpho Detection, Inc. and the National Association of Manufacturers. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. A fifth-generation Irish American, Charlene graduated from the University of Vermont.

Tom Bradley is chief financial officer at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, a leading international law firm with a home base in Minneapolis. He most recently served as executive vice president and CFO of Fair Isaac Corporation. Previously, he headed North America Operations for Zurich Financial Services, a firm he joined in 2004 as CFO for North America. Before that, he was executive vice president and CFO for The St. Paul Companies. Tom joined St. Paul in 1998 when that company acquired USF&G, where he was serving as vice president of finance and corporate controller. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Tom also holds an MBA from Loyola College of Maryland, and is a certified public accountant. He resides in St. Paul, MN with his wife Michelle and son Andrew. Tom is a third-generation Irish American. His great-grandfather, Thomas Bradley, came to Newtown, CT from the west coast of County Clare, fought in the Civil War, raised seven sons, and rose from a factory worker to become the town's selectman and postmaster.

Conrad Burke founded Innovalight in 2005 and served as the president and CEO until August 2011, when DuPont acquired the company. He now serves as general manager of DuPont Innovalight. Conrad’s career has provided him with extensive experience in research and development, product management, marketing, and sales. He has worked with leading global organizations like NEC and AT&T, and abroad, with operations in Germany, U.K., and Japan. Before founding Innovalight, Conrad was the SVP of Worldwide Sales for Oclaro and was a venture partner at Sevin Rosen Funds. He has been recognized for his work, receiving the Technology Pioneer Award for cleantech innovations from the World Economic Forum. In 2010, the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese presented him with The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Conrad, who was born in Dublin and raised in Co. Wicklow, is “very proud to have been born in Ireland.” He received his MS in physics from Trinity College Dublin and his BS in physics from University College Dublin. Conrad also attended The London Business School.




With twenty years of experience in the bevererage industry, Steve Cahillane is president of the North American Group for Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). Steve is one of four children of a New York firefighter with roots in Co. Kerry and a mother who was born and raised in Donegal and immigrated to New York City at the age of 18. He holds a BA degree in political science from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard University. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Steve, who began his career as a sales representative for E&J Gallo Winery, held senior management positions with Coors Distribution Company, InBev, and Labatt USA. He entered the European beverage industry in 2003, working for two years as chief executive of Interbrew UK and Ireland. Following that, he moved to Brussels and served as chief commercial officer for InBev. In 2007, Steve was appointed president of the Europe Group for CCE, and in 2008, he was named president of CCE’s North American Group. He and his wife, Tracy, reside in Atlanta with their four children.

Joan Carroll is a director in the Personal Finance Services Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. For over 24 years, she has provided comprehensive tax and financial planning services to high net worth individuals, managers and investors of hedge funds and private equity funds, senior corporate executives, and owners of closely held businesses. Joan holds a BBA in accounting from Adelphi University, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Concern Worldwide US. She grew up in Wantagh, New York and now resides in nearby Long Beach. Her grandfather, Patrick McHugh, was born in County Leitrim, while the Carroll name hails from Westport, County Mayo. Joan is very proud to be of Irish descent, and is “grateful for the strong faith that was passed down to me.”

Liam Casey is the founder and CEO of PCH International, a supply chain management company focused on consumer electronics, personal computers, medical devices, telecommunication industries, and clean technologies. Liam identified the enormous potential and opportunities for growth in China in the mid1990s. PCH was founded in 1996 in Cork, Ireland, where the company is headquartered, and where Liam was born. Its operational headquarters are in Shenzhen, China. Over 1000 employees work in PCH offices in Ireland, China, USA, with a software development team in South Africa. PCH’s clients are primarily multinationals based in North America including three of the top five personal computer companies, three of the top five telecom and networking companies, and three of the top five consumer electronics companies worldwide. Liam was awarded Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year-Ireland accolade in 2007. In June 2011, he was admitted as a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.

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Cheryl Cavanaugh began her career in the spirits industry in 2005, as a member of the Absolut Vodka marketing team. Following the acquisition of Absolut by Pernod Ricard in 2008, Cheryl joined the Jameson Irish Whiskey brand team. As brand manager of Jameson for the U.S., Cheryl has continually played a key role in driving the tremendous growth of Jameson. According to the Beverage Information Group’s 2011 report, the brand now claims 73% market share contributing to 89% of growth on the Irish Whiskey category. Jameson surpassed its one-millionth case sales milestone in 2010 . The current scope of Cheryl’s responsibilities includes Digital Strategy and Activation, PR & Events, Bartender Outreach and Category Management. Cheryl is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in mass communication, and resides in Westchester, NY with her husband. With a paternal grandmother from Co. Longford, Cheryl is a second-generation Irish American who also traces her roots to Co. Cork on her mother’s side of the family.

Kieran Claffey is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. After joining PwC in 1985, he spent over ten years in the Assurance practice before transfering to the national office to focus on litigation and regulatory related issues. He represents PwC on the Technical Standards Committee of the American Institute of CPAs. Kieran was a founding member and director of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. and a director of the European-American Chamber of Commerce. He is the national treasurer and board member of the Ireland-U.S. Council of Commerce & Industry. He is chairman of the finance committee, member of the executive committee and on the Board of Trustees of The Gateway Schools, and is a director of Legal Information for Families Today Born in Dublin, Kieran is an avid sportsman and has won several all Ireland dancing medals. A graduate of University College Dublin, he is fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Kieran lives in Manhattan with his wife, Michelle, and three sons, Ryan, CJ and Steven.

With 25 years of experience in the home entertainment industry, Aodan Coburn is the executive vice president of Worldwide Operations, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE). He helps supervise the global operations, sales and marketing of all packaged media (Blu-ray Disc™, DVD, UMD and VHS.) Prior to his current position, Aodan was senior vice president of International Operations and oversaw the merger of SPHE and MGM Home Entertainment. He began working at SPHE (then Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment) in 1988 after working at Rank Video Services in the U.K. His accomplishments include launching the DVD format in 24 countries around the world. He was named one of the “Top 30 Irish Overseas Executives” by the Sunday Independent. Born in Ireland, with roots in Dundalk, Aodan holds a BA and MA in economics and business studies from Trinity College Dublin. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children and he says, “the biggest thing about me is being Irish. The more I travel, the more I realize just how Irish I am.”




Thomas W. Codd is PwC’s North Texas managing partner. He was a two-term elected member of PwC’s Board of Partners. He has spent his entire career serving manufacturing and distribution companies, ranging from private companies to multinational corporations. Tom is a director of the American Ireland Fund, a member of the North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a member of the New York City Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He earned a BSc in management from Purdue University. He also serves on many civic boards in Dallas, including The Catholic Foundation, World Affairs Council of Dallas-Ft. Worth and Circle 10 Council/Boy Scouts of America Tom is a second-generation Irish American whose paternal grandparents were born in counties Carlow and Sligo. On his Irish heritage he remarks, “I attribute my fundamental values of work ethic, loyalty, fortitude, charity, humor, and grace in large part to my ancestry. ” He and his wife, Shelly, live in Dallas, Texas with their four children: Tommy, Kevin, Mike and Kaitlin.

Since 2006, Don Colleran has been executive vice president of Global Sales & Solutions for FedEx Services, leading a global organization of more than 7,000. Don started with FedEx in 1989 as an International Sales manager. In 1992, he moved to Tokyo and began a 12-year career in international sales and operations management. There, Don became managing director of Sales, North Pacific Region and in 1997 was named vice president, Sales, for the Asia Pacific region. In 2000, he was promoted to president, FedEx Canada. Three years later he was named senior vice president, International Sales and moved to Memphis, Tenn. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Don is a third-generation Irish American with roots in Galway and Cork. He earned a BS in business administration from the University of New Hampshire. Don is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Indy Festival Foundation children’s charities, a member of the American Chamber of Commerce and a member of the US-ASEAN Business Council. He also serves on the Board of the InMotion Orthopaedic Research Center.

Francis X. Comerford is the chief revenue officer & president of commercial operations for NBC Owned Television Stations. Frank joined NBC in 1994. Before being promoted to his current role in 2008, he was president and general manager of NBC’s flagship station, WNBC. His career in the television industry spans over 30 years. Frank is very active in the community, serving on many charitable boards including the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the Association for a Better New York and The Television Bureau of Advertising. He has been honored by several organizations, including: the Child Abuse Prevention Program, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and Friends of AHRC Nassau Autism Program. He was Chief Brehon of Brooklyn’s Great Irish Fair in 2003 and has been named a “Favorite Son of Brooklyn.” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz declared Nov. 26, 2002 Frank Comerford Day. Frank, his wife, Maura, and their son Francis Jr., live in Brooklyn and Long Island. He has roots in Co. Kilkenny and was recently named Grand Marshal of the 2012 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.



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Deirdre Connelly is president, North America Pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline. She is a member of the global Corporate Executive Team and co-chairs, along with the Chairman, Research and Development, the Portfolio Management Board. Prior to joining GSK, Deirdre served as president of U.S. operations at Eli Lilly and Company. Deirdre has been consistently recognized by Fortune as one of the 50 most powerful women in business. In 2008, she was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. In 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Deirdre was born in San Juan to an Irish father and a Puerto Rican mother. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and marketing from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania in 1983. In 2000, she graduated from Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program.

Adele Cooper is director of Global Customer Marketing & Communications at Facebook and is based in the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California. She oversees all outbound marketing and communications to Facebook’s advertising clients and agency partners globally. Prior to joining Facebook, Adele spent six years at Google, where she was director of Global Customer Marketing. Previously, she was Google’s director of Online Sales & Operations for the UK, Irish and Benelux markets, based at the company’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin. As the first local manager hire for Google in Dublin, she played an instrumental role in the development of the Dublin office. Prior to joining Google, Adele spent several years in business development at a number of different technology ventures in Dublin. She began her career at Disney Interactive (the multi-media division of The Walt Disney Company), based in both the US and France. Born and raised in Dublin, Adele has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard.

Catherine Coughlin oversees AT&T brand strategy, advertising, corporate communications, events and sponsorships worldwide. Cathy began her communications career in 1979 when she joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in her hometown of St. Louis. During her over 30 year career, she has held officer roles in sales, marketing, operations and advertising for AT&T. Prior to her current role, Cathy was president and chief executive officer of AT&T Midwest. Throughout her career, Cathy has been committed to serving the community. She serves on the board of directors of several organizations including Northwestern University, the Girl Scouts of the USA and the Dallas Women’s Museum. She also serves on the board of trustees of the American Film Institute. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Finance degree from St. Louis University.




Dennis Crowley is the co-founder of Foursquare, a service that mixes social, locative and gaming elements to encourage people to explore the cities in which they live. Previously, Dennis founded, one of the first mobile social services in the US, which was acquired by Google in 2005. In 2005 Dennis was named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT’s Technology Review magazine. In 2009 he won the “Fast Money” bonus round on the TV game show Family Feud. His work has featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time, Newsweek, MTV, Slashdot and NBC. Dennis is currently an adjunct professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). A fourth-generation Irish American, Dennis holds a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. His great-great-grandparents emigrated from Sneem, County Kerry.

Pamela Daley is senior vice president at General Electric. She earned her AB degree from Princeton University and graduated first in her class from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Before joining GE, Pamela was a tax partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and an adjunct professor at the UPenn Law School. Pamela joined GE in 1989 as tax counsel and was VP and senior counsel for transactions from 1991 to 2004. In 2004, she became VP-corporate business development and was promoted to her current position in 2005. She is responsible for GE’s mergers, acquisitions and divestiture activities worldwide. Pamela serves on the boards of General Electric Capital Corporation, GE Capital Services, Inc., and the GE Foundation. She is a member of the boards of UPenn, the UPenn Law School and The Juilliard School. She is a past director of the World Wildlife Fund and is a member of its National Council. She is a third-generation Irish American with roots in Meath on her father’s side.

Bill Daly has served as the senior vice president of Warner Bros. Pictures Post Production since 2006. Previously, he held the position of director and became vice president in 2003. Bill has supervised such films as Ocean’s 11, Happy Feet, The Dark Knight, all of the Harry Potter films, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Prior to his work at Warner Bros., Bill began his career at ABC. He was the unit manager for several news programs, including 20/20, Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight. He made the move to Lorimar-Telepictures before Warner Communications absorbed the company. Bill graduated magna cum laude from Temple University School of Communications and Theater in 1977. He has served on the Board of Temple University School of Communications and Theater since 1999. A second-generation Irish American, he says, “Almost literally, I grew up with one foot in Philly and one foot in West Limerick. It was just the way we lived. I never thought about it very much. Isn’t everybody Irish?” Bill and his wife, Patricia Yamate, have a son, Ian.




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Mike Daniels has worldwide responsibility for IBM Services, which includes outsourcing, consulting and systems integration, application management, integrated technology services, maintenance and technical services, and global delivery. These businesses account for more than half of IBM revenue. Previously, Mike was general manager of IBM’s Sales and Distribution operations in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Before that, he led Global Services in the Asia Pacific region. Since joining IBM in 1976, he has held a number of leadership positions in sales, marketing, and services, and was general manager of several services businesses, including Product Support Services, Availability Services, and Systems Solutions. He sits on the Board of Directors for Tyco International and serves as IBM’s Senior State Executive for Connecticut. Mike is a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross with a degree in political science, and serves as a trustee at Holy Cross. Mike traces his Irish roots to his father’s ancestors, the Hogans, who emigrated from Co. Clare. He and his wife, Patty, have three children.

A. James DeHayes is an authority on strategy development and implementation in marketing, distribution, and M&A support for the financial services industry. He has successfully guided clients through the complex process of designing and developing distribution systems tailored for new products, enhancing productivity and profitability of existing distribution, and adjusting legacy distribution to new competitive realities. Prior to founding DeHayes Consulting Group, Jim served as CMO for a major diversified financial services company. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, a graduate of Leadership in Professional Services, a chartered life underwriter and chartered financial consultant from the American College, and holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. Jim is a member of the North American Advisory Board for the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin. A secondgeneration Irish American whose mother’s family has roots in Belfast, Jim is married with six children.

Michael J. Dolan has worked in the oil and petrochemical business for 36 years. He began his career in research and development, and proceeded through a variety of research, engineering, manufacturing and business management positions. Michael has worked in all parts of ExxonMobil’s business both domestically and abroad. Today he is senior vice president and a member of the management committee of ExxonMobil Corporation in Dallas, TX. Michael is a director of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council, the U.S.-China Business Council, and a former director of the American Petroleum Institute. He is also trustee of his alma mater, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he received a BS in chemical engineering. Michael holds an MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a third-generation Irish American with roots in Ballincollig, Co Cork. He says, “My great-grandfather came to America, served in the army and bought a small farm. His descendants have been living the American dream as a result.” Michael and his wife, Debora, have four children.




Patrick W. Dolan has over 30 years of experience in consumer markets and wholesale industries. As the national managing partner of Market Development at KPMG, Pat has successfully led cross-functional teams to develop new clients, while retaining already existing clients. He also oversees KPMG’s 12 industry sectors, the company’s Channel Initiatives, and its Marketing Group. Pat is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as a board member for the Chicago Chamber of Commerce, and is also on the Board of Trustees and the treasurer for the Chicago History Museum. Pat earned his BBA in accounting from the University of Notre Dame. A fourth-generation Irish American with ancestral links to Co. Galway, Pat says, “Whether it is touring Ireland to trace my family roots or watching my daughter at an Irish dance recital, I am very proud of my Irish heritage.” He and his wife, Nancy, have three children, Kevin, Patrick and Erin.

John Donahoe became president and CEO of eBay Inc. in 2008. He has global responsibility for growing each of the company’s business units, which include eBay Marketplaces, PayPal and Skype. John joined eBay in February 2005 as president of eBay Marketplaces. He focused on expanding eBay’s core business and also oversaw a number of strategic acquisitions, including, StubHub and classifieds sites, such as Gumtree and LoQUo. Prior to eBay, John spent over 20 years at Bain & Co., a worldwide consulting firm. Starting as an associate consultant, John became the firm’s CEO and oversaw Bain’s 30 offices and 3,000 employees. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for eBay Inc. and Intel Corp., John is also on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College. John received a BA from Dartmouth and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A fifth-generation Irish American, John’s roots are in Tipperary. He is married to Eileen Chamberlain and they have four children.

Craig S. Donohue has served as CEO of CME Group and its predecessor company, CME Holdings Inc. since 2004. In 2010, Craig was selected as one of the 50 best-performing CEOs in the world by the Harvard Business Review. In 2009, Craig was named to Institutional Investor’s Power 50 list of the World’s Most Influential People in Finance. He is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s CEO council and serves on the steering committee for its Future of Finance Initiative. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Council for Economic Education and chairman of the Executives’ Club of Chicago. Craig serves on CME Group’s Board of Directors, as well as the boards of BM&FBOVESPA and the World Federation of Exchanges. A third-generation Irish American with roots in Co. Cork, he earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, a JD from John Marshall Law School, his ML in financial services regulation from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and a BA in political science and history from Drake University. He lives in Northbrook, IL, with his wife and their three children.




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Lisa Donohue is CEO of Chicago-based Starcom, whose clients include Bank of America, General Motors, Kellogg’s and Mars/Wrigley. Prior to tackling the top job at Starcom, Lisa served as president of the Truth and Design group at SMG sister agency MediaVest. Since beginning her career in 1987, Lisa has exhibited strong strategic thinking on a variety of accounts including Kellogg’s, General Motors, Miller, NYSE, Samsonite and Sony. Lisa is active on the SMG network’s Leadership Board and Global Product Committee, and a board member of SMGx. She delivered the keynote address at the iMedia Connection Agency Summit, and the Chicago CMO Summit in both 2010 and 2011. Her other career accolades include Chicago Advertising Federation’s 2011 Advertising Woman of the Year honor, Adweek’s 2011 Executive of the Year award, two Mediaweek “Plan of the Year” honors, and two Cannes Media Lion victories for her work on Nintendo. Lisa is a third-generation Irish American on her father’s side and fourth-generation on her mother’s. Both families are from Cork.

Brendan Dougher is a managing partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP with the New York Metro region of the firm. Brendan has 28 years of experience with PwC and prior to his current position he was Managing Partner of the Firm’s New Jersey practice. He heads the firm’s involvement with the Partnership for New York City and serves as Senior Relationship Partner for several of clients, including New York Life and Con Edison, Inc. Brendan is a certified public accountant and a member of both the New York State and New Jersey State Societies of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Brendan serves as a board member of the Foreign Policy Association, for which he won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. Brendan graduated with a bachelor’s in accounting from King’s College. He is a third-generation Irish American who can trace his family back to Co. Mayo. He says, “I am proud to say I am Irish everyday.”

Michael J. Dowling is president and CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2002, Michael was the health system’s executive vice president and COO. Before joining North Shore-LIJ in 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of health, education and human services and deputy secretary to the Governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services. Before his public service career, he was a professor and dean at Fordham University. Michael is chairman of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and chairman of the North American Board of the Smurfit School of Business at UCD. He grew up in Limerick and earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork and his MA from Fordham. He has honorary doctorates from Hofstra University and Dowling College. He recently received the 2011 Health Information Management Systems Society CEO IT Achievement Award.




As the executive vice president and chief financial officer of DirecTV, Pat Doyle is in charge of all internal and external financial affairs. These include accounting, financial planning, treasury, business management, investor relations, and audit and tax. Before becoming executive vice president and chief financial officer, Pat held the position of controller and chief accounting officer. He is a certified public accountant, having first worked for Deloitte and Touche accounting firm. He then worked for Baker Hughes, an oilfield services company. Pat joined DirecTV in 1992 as director of Taxes and was appointed vice president of Taxes in 1996, having the added responsibility of Corporate Development in 1997. As a fourth-generation Irish American, tracing his family back to Tipperary, Pat believes his Irish heritage is important because it influences his behavior, values, morals and attitudes. He and his wife, Marla, have two sons, Brendan and Ryan.

A 23-year veteran of the sports industry, Bill Duffy was named executive vice president, chief financial and administrative officer for Bobcats Sports & Entertainment in August 2010. He oversees the finance, human resources, legal, IT and arena administration departments for the Charlotte Bobcats and Time Warner Cable Arena. A graduate of Princeton University and NYU, where he earned his master’s in Accounting, Bill’s work history includes executive positions with the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers and the NFL. A dual US-Irish citizen, Bill’s roots run deep, including service on the Executive Committee of ICCUSA, Atlanta Chapter, the Executive Committee of the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and accompanying Georgia Governor Perdue on a trade mission to Ireland in 2007. A strong advocate for improving the lives of children, Bill spent six years on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. A certified public accountant, Bill has been married to his wife, Cathy, for 30 years, and raised two daughters, Erin and Caitlin.

Mike Duffy is executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Cardinal Health. Prior to Cardinal Health, Duffy served as vice president, Global Value Chain at The Gillette Co. Mike is president of the Corporate Advisory Council at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Master of Supply Chain Management Program and a former board member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Mike earned both his bachelor’s degree (operations research) and master’s degree (transportation) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a fourth-generation Irish American with roots in Dublin on both sides of the family, and ancestors from Kilkenny on his mother’s side. He remarks, “my family is from Boston, where the Irish community is still very active. I am proud to be a descendant of the Irish community that both built the city infrastructure and shaped its local culture. It is that work ethic and sense of purpose that I carry with me every day.”

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Terrence A. Duffy has been executive chairman of CME Group since 2007. Previously, he was chairman of the board of CME and CME Holdings since 2002 and executive chairman since 2006. He serves on the board of directors of World Business Chicago, the board of trustees of Saint Xavier University, and the regional advisory board of The American Ireland Fund. He is also co-chair of the Mayo Clinic Greater Chicago Leadership Council. In 2002, Duffy was appointed by President Bush to serve on a National Saver Summit on Retirement Savings and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2003 to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. A third-generation Irish American, Terrence attended the University of WisconsinWhitewater. In 2007, he received a Doctor of Humane Letters from DePaul University.

Alan T. Ennis has served as Revlon’s president and CEO since May 2009 and has been a director on the Company’s board since March 2009. He was named a “Top 40 financial executive under 40” by Treasury & Risk magazine in 2008. Prior to joining Revlon, Alan held several senior positions with Ingersoll-Rand Company. He began his career in 1991 with Arthur Andersen in Dublin. A chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, Alan is on the Board of Directors of the Ireland U.S. Council. Alan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin, Ireland, and a Master of Business Administration degree from NYU Stern. This past summer, he returned to NYU as commencement speaker for the 2011 Executive MBA graduation ceremony. Born in Dublin to Michael Ennis of Tipperary and Maggie Ennis of Cork, Alan believes that “being Irish is about perseverance, resilience, and gratitude.” He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Michelle, and three young children.

Mary Callahan Erdoes is CEO of J.P. Morgan’s Asset Management division, a global leader in investment management and private banking with more than $1.9 trillion in assets under supervision. Prior to being named CEO in 2009, she held a number of senior management positions, including CEO of the Private Bank, and chairman and CEO of Global Wealth Management. She joined J.P. Morgan in 1996 from Meredith, Martin & Kaye. A graduate of Georgetown University (B.S.) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.), Mary was recognized by Forbes and Fortune magazines for their “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” and “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” lists, respectively. An Illinois native, she is a fourth-generation Irish American. Her great-grandparents emigrated from Co. Cork on her father’s side and Co. Tipperary on her mother’s. She lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters.




As CEO and president of The Fallon Company, Joseph F. Fallon oversees the development and investment operations of the company’s real estate portfolio, which includes some of the most sought after residential, hotel and commercial properties in Boston. Fan Pier Boston – a three billion dollar mixed-use development considered by many to be the “Crown Jewel” of Boston Harbor – also the largest privately funded construction job currently underway in the country – has benefited greatly from his strong sense of vision and leadership qualities. His ability to work with Boston’s agencies and community groups has been lauded by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which honored him with the prestigious “Developer of the Year” award. Joseph has served on numerous non-profit boards and currently serves on the boards of The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and WGBH. Recently named one of seven “Bostonians of the Year” by the Boston Globe, Joseph is a Boston-area native and a third-generation Irish American who resides in Boston with his wife, Susan, and their two children.

James Farley is Ford Motor Company’s group vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service and is the company’s most senior marketing leader. Before being appointed to his current position in August 2010, Jim was group vice president, global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America. Before joining Ford, he was group vice president and general manager of Lexus. James joined Toyota in 1990 and had a distinguished career there, a highlight being his responsibility for the successful launch and rollout of Toyota’s new Scion brand. James was later promoted to vice president of Scion and was responsible for all Scion activities. A cousin of the late comedian Chris Farley, James Farley earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science from Georgetown University and has an MBA from UCLA. His grandfather was a longtime Ford worker who eventually ran a Lincoln-Mercury dealership near Detroit. James and his wife, Lia, have three children.

Brendan P. Farrell, Jr. is CEO of XSP, the global leader in automated end-to-end Corporate Actions solutions for the financial industry. Brendan, a Founder of XSP, has over 27 years of experience in financial services, including six years at Financial Information, Inc. as VP of Sales and Marketing. In 2009, Brendan created IMMRAM, an informal network for the Irish diaspora, which now has hundreds of members. Brendan is also very connected to the Irish-American community and serves on various committees. He most recently was cochair of the 2011 UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Dinner Committee. Brendan was a finalist for the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Born in the U.S. to Brendan, Sr. from Ballinalee, Co. Longford and Rita from Knockbrack, Knockagoshel, Co. Kerry, Brendan was raised in Longford Town, where his family ran O’Farrell’s Bar and Grocery. A graduate of the Athlone Institute of Technology, he is a director to the Board of the American Friends of AIT. Brendan lives in Denville, NJ with his wife of 20 years, Christine, and their children, Dylan and Brianna.

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John Michael Farrell is a consulting partner in KPMG’s New York office, with over 20 years of risk management and risk control experience. Before joining KPMG, John served as the director of internal audit for Mineral Technologies, Inc. A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, John received his bachelor’s of science degree in accounting and an MBA in finance from Long Island University. He is also a certified public accountant in New York State and belongs to the New York State Society of CPAs. John is a third-generation Irish American with roots in Monaghan on his father’s side. His grandmother was one of eleven children born at the turn of the century in New York. John’s great-grandparents came to America from Ireland in the 1880s.

Patricia A. Farrell is senior vice president of National, Government and Specialty Products for Aetna, Inc. In this role, Patricia has oversight and responsibility for National Accounts; Public & Labor, Medicaid and the Federal Employee Benefits Program (FEHBP); and Aetna’s Specialty offerings. Prior to her current position, she was the senior vice president of National and International Business Solutions. She was vice president for Aetna’s Capitol Region until 2001. Patricia holds a BS in accounting from Quinnipiac University, and is a certified public accountant. She is a member of Quinnipiac University’s Board of Trustees, and of the American Institute CPAs. A third-generation Irish American, Patricia was born in Rhode Island to William and Shirley Daly. She says that her Irish heritage “grounded our family in tradition, and taught us from an early age to be respectful, and curious about our family history.” She and her husband, David, have two sons.

Irial Finan is executive vice president, The CocaCola Company and president of Bottling Investments and Supply Chain. He is responsible for managing a multi-billion-dollar internal bottling business, Bottling Investments Group (BIG), which has operations in 5 continents. Irial has 29 years experience in The Coca-Cola system. From 2001 to 2003, he served as chief executive officer of Coca-Cola HBC. Irial joined the Coca-Cola Company in 2004 as president, Bottling Investments and Supply Chain, and was named executive vice president of the company in 2004. Irial serves on the boards of directors of CocaCola FEMSA, Coca-Cola HBC, and the Supervisory Board of CCE AG. He also serves as a non-executive director for Co-operation Ireland and NUI Galway Foundation. He holds a BC from National University of Ireland in Galway and is an Associate (later Fellow) of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants. Irial and his wife, Deirdre, have two daughters, Ciara and Roisin.




Anne M. Finucane is global strategy and marketing officer at Bank of America, and is also a member of the company’s executive management team. Finucane oversees the largest community development and investment goal ever established by a U.S. financial institution ($1.5 trillion over ten years). In addition, she oversees a 10-year, $2 billion philanthropic giving goal through the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Anne was listed on the U.S. Banker’s 2011 list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking, and was named “New Englander of the Year” by the New England Council in 2006. She serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, The American Ireland Fund and the Special Olympics International Board of Trustees. A second-generation Irish American, Anne has roots in County Cork on both sides of her family, most notably through her grandfather, Michael Finucane, who came to the United States as a young boy.

In 1983, Dave Fitzgerald founded Fitzgerald & Co, an advertising agency. He remains president and CEO. His company was named the Best Agency in the Southeast by Adweek and named one of the 10 best companies in Atlanta to work for by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for five straight years. A second-generation Irish American, Dave ran the Order of the Green Jacket of Ireland, which helped raise funds for Irish athletes in the 1996 Olympics. A member of the AOH, 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. He is chairman of the 2011 Atlanta St Patrick’s Day Parade and was a participant in the 2011 Global Irish Economic Forum. Dave received his BS and MBA from the University of Dayton, where he was honored with the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. He traces his family to the western counties of Kerry and Sligo, has visited Ireland forty times and became an Irish citizen three years ago. He calls his Irish heritage “a source of great pride.”

As the senior vice president and general manager of Customer Marketing & Engagement of American Express OPEN, Mary Ann Fitzmaurice Reilly leads OPEN’s brand, digital and marketing strategies. Her responsibilities also include leading the OPEN client management organization. Mary Ann began her career at American Express in 1990. She was previously the SVP of Partnerships & Business Development for OPEN. Before joining OPEN, Mary Ann ran customer acquisition and engagement for consumer card services and formerly served as Vice President of Business Alliances. She developed partnerships for the Membership Rewards program, signing deals with companies such as Home Depot and Staples, and was instrumental in the launch of the Costco cobrand relationship. She is a CPA and a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a BA in business administration. As a second-generation Irish American with roots in Galway and Louth, she believes her heritage has given her “strength and a little dose of ‘Irish guilt.’”


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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, Bill’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., a move that propelled Northern Ireland into the peace process. A graduate of Fordham University, Bill 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. Bill was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2011.

Tim Gannon is co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, Inc. In 1994, Inc. Magazine named Tim Entrepreneur of the Year. In the year 2000, Tim received an honorary doctorate degree in business administration and food service management from Johnson & Wales University. In 2009, he was inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame along with his partners Chris Sullivan and Bob Basham. He is also a supporter of the Tampa Chapter of Junior Achievement and helped with many of their charity events. Tim graduated from Florida State University with a degree in art history. It was working in Florence, Italy, which initially sparked in him a passion for food and cooking. Since 1992, he has been an active polo player and a great sponsor of the game. In 1999, he received the USPA Sponsor of the Year award for his contribution to polo. Tim's other passion is his family – his wife, Christie, and their five children.

Jack Haire is president and CEO of Parade Publications, publishers of PARADE, the most widely read magazine in America. Under his leadership, Parade has expanded to include Parade Digital Partners, a unique content distribution network with over 48 million monthly visitors across 500+ newspaper web sites, and the new monthly food magazine and web business, dash, which includes branded content from Bon Appétit, and Gourmet. Before joining Parade, Jack spent 28 years at Time Warner Inc. He was publisher of TIME, president of the Fortune/Money Group, and chairman of the Time Warner Advertising Council. On his watch, both Time and Fortune were chosen as Adweek’s Hottest Magazine. Jack serves on the board of Concern Worldwide and as a director of LodgeNet Interactive and Tech Media Network. Jack lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children. His great-grandparents came from Cork and Donegal to NYC via Ellis Island during the Famine. Jack’s brother and sister have homes in Glen, Donegal.




For the past 17 years, John Hayes has led global marketing at American Express, helping shape both the company and its brand. In addition to overseeing marketing strategies and product development, John leads the company’s global advertising, digital marketing strategy, market research, corporate sponsorships, brand management and publishing organizations. He has been the force behind the business strategies that have resulted in iconic campaigns such as “My life. My card.,” and leading edge marketing programs such as Members Project. Additionally, under John’s leadership American Express has created over 200 new product launches, including the coveted Centurion black card, Blue and more recently ZYNC from American Express. Prior to joining American Express, John was the president of Lowe and Partners, and held senior positions at Geer DuBois, Ammirati & Puris and Saatchi & Saatchi Compton. John is currently a member of the Save the Children – Newborn and Child Survival campaign council.

James R. Heekin III became chairman and CEO of Grey Group in January 2007, after leading Grey, the company’s global advertising arm, since 2005. Under his leadership, Grey has enjoyed the most successful years in its history, adding over $1 billion in new business and producing such award-winning campaigns as the ETrade baby and Ellen DeGeneres for CoverGirl. Ad Age named Grey to its prestigious A-List of the world’s best agencies and Fast Company named Grey to its “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.” Earlier in his career, Jim served as chairman and CEO of EuroRSCG Worldwide, McCann-Erickson WorldGroup and McCannErickson Worldwide. A graduate of Williams College, Jim served previously on the Board of Directors for JWT, the Interpublic Group of Companies, The American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Ad Council. A fourth-generation Irish American whose father’s family came from Co. Donegal, Jim says that he has been “proud to witness and be a small part of the rise of the Irish in America and the transformation of Ireland.”

Michael Heffernan III is the CEO of Heffernan Insurance Brokers, one of the Top Mid-Sized Brokers in the United States, as named by Business Insurance Magazine. Mike holds a BA from Santa Clara University. As CEO, he oversees many aspects of company operations, including sales and client management. Mike began his career in insurance at the age of 22, interning for Lloyds and then working as an underwriter for Aetna. Shortly after, he became a producer with a national insurance brokerage, where he ranked in the top 10 for sales. At the age of 29, Heffernan purchased a small insurance company with just 10 employees, and helped rebuild it. Now Heffernan Insurance Brokers, the company employs 400 and has 9 branches. Mike has been named a 2011 ‘Most Admired CEO’ in the San Francisco Business Times. Born in San Francisco to Francis Michael Heffernan, Jr. and Lenore Bertagna, Mike can trace his paternal Irish roots back to Tipperary and Meath. He is a fourth-generation Irish American He has two children, Braeda and Michael.

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Donagh Herlihy is senior vice president and CIO at Avon Products, Inc. He leads an Information Technology organization of 1500 IT professionals and is responsible for IT strategy and operations globally. He reports to the chairman and CEO and is a member of the Executive Committee. His team provides the business systems and technology infrastructure supporting Avon’s business operations in more than 60 countries. Herlihy joined Avon in March 2008 from the Wrigley Company where he also was CIO. Over his 7 years there, Donagh also served successively as vice president of Human Resources and VP of Supply Chain Strategy and Planning. Donagh holds a BS in industrial engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology & Trinity College, Dublin, and has completed the Executive Program at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He is a board member of The American Red Cross, Westchester, NY. Donagh was born in Dublin and raised in Wexford. He reflects, “My Irish upbringing left me very comfortable moving around the world, living and working in different environments.”

PJ Hough is the corporate vice president for Program Management for the Microsoft Office Division. His responsibilities involve product planning, design, research and program management. Having joined Microsoft in 1994, PJ has worked his way through the company. After working seven years in programmability and program management, Hough joined the Office product planning team, based in Ireland. Then, in 2004, he returned to Redmond, Washington as group program manager for the SharePoint Services team. Born in Manchester, England, Paul’s mother and father both hail from Co. Tipperary. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer applications from Dublin City University. PJ lives in North Bend, Washington, with his wife, Mar Lydon and his daughter, Aoife.

Tom Hunt is founder and president of Ranger Pipelines, a heavy civil engineering company located in San Francisco. He graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in civil engineering, and founded Ranger Pipelines in 1982 after having worked as a surveyor on the Alyeska Pipeline project, an 800 mile long pipeline across Alaska. Ranger Pipelines constructs projects involving deep excavations and large-diameter welded steel pipelines. The company’s most significant projects to date include upgrades to the Hetch Hetchy Water System, which provides drinking water to San Francisco and several other Northern California communities. Tom played football with the Co. Roscommon team in Ireland and continued to play in New York and San Francisco. He is still involved with the GAA and was a member of the committee that built GAA playing fields and a clubhouse in San Francisco. He is a board member of the Irish Immigration and Pastoral Center. He is married to the former Mary Shea from New York. They have 3 grown children, Neil, Jenny and Julie.




Ann B. Kelleher, Ph.D is vice president of Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group and FSM co-general manager. Previously, Ann was site and plant manager for Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, NM where she was responsible for all aspects of the operation, including safety, people and operational metrics for 45nm high-volume manufacturing and 32nm ramp. Ann has also been the plant manager for Fab 12 in Chandler, AZ, prior to which she was the factory manager of Fab 24 in Leixlip, Ireland. Ann joined Intel in 1996 as a process engineer, going on to manage technology transfers and ramps in a variety of positions spanning 200mm and 300mm technologies. She is the first Irish woman to have been named vice president in the company’s history. A native of Macroom, Co. Cork, Ann received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a master’s degree in engineering science and a Ph.D in micro-electronics from University College Cork.

Brian Kelley’s business career has spanned 28 years, with experience at Procter & Gamble, GE, the Ford Motor Company (where he was the president of Lincoln Mercury), and 5 years as the president and CEO of SIRVA (a $4 billion global relocation company which Brian took public in 2003). He joined Coca-Cola in 2007 as president of its $6 billion non-carbonated beverages business in North America, and was selected in 2010 to lead the integration of the company’s acquisition of Coca-Cola Enterprises and the formation of Coca-Cola Refreshments. He is currently the chief product supply officer for Coca-Cola Refreshments. Brian was the third of seven children born to an Irish Catholic family in Cincinnati, OH. His father, Tom, is the second generation of his family in the U.S. since his grandfather, Eugene, emigrated from Co. Cork in the mid-1880s. A graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA with a degree in economics, Brian has served on a number of Boards including Hertz, Mazda, SIRVA, VWR and the Internet Capital Group. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Erin and Gwen.

A fourth-generation candy maker, Bill Kelley is vice chairman of Jelly Belly Candy Co. He joined the family business, Goelitz Confectionery Co., in 1965, after graduating from Xavier University and serving as an army officer in the U.S. and Korea. In 1974, like his grandfather and father before him, Bill became president of the company, which in 2001 merged with Herman Goelitz Candy Co., run by Bill’s cousin, Herman Rowland, to form Jelly Belly. Bill has been honored by the National Confectioners Association (of which he is a past chairman), Candy Industry Magazine, Retail Confectioners International, and was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in Hershey, PA.. Bill serves on the boards of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the North Chicago Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers with the American Cancer Society. He and his wife, Joanie, live in Winnetka, IL and have two children, Meghan and Brian, and four grandchildren. Bill’s great-greatgrandfather, Patrick Kelly, emigrated from Ireland around 1835. Four of Patrick’s children, including Bill’s great-grandfather William Kelley, fought in the Civil War. The origin of the second “e” is unknown.

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Declan Kelly is a founding partner and co-CEO of Teneo. Previously, he served as the U.S. Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in September 2009. Prior to his government service, he was executive vice president and chief integration officer of FTI Consulting, one of the world's leading international consulting companies. Before joining FTI, he was chairman and CEO of Financial Dynamics (FD) in the U.S. and chairman of FD in Ireland. He joined FD when he sold his company, Gallagher and Kelly Public Relations, to FD in 2000. Declan, who is from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, previously worked as a journalist for over a decade. A graduate of NUI Galway, he currently serves as an adjunct professor in the university's College of Business, Public Policy and Law. He received an honorary doctorate from Queen's University Belfast in recognition of his service to business and the economy of Northern Ireland. In 2008, he received the American Irish Historical Society's gold medal, given annually to someone who has made a unique contribution to Irish-American society.

Fran Kelly is vice chairman of Arnold Worldwide, one of the country’s top advertising and marketing agencies. Arnold is headquartered in Boston, with major offices in New York, and nine other cities. Fran has been with Arnold since 1994, first as CMO, then president and CEO. His work with blue chip brands including VW, Volvo, Titleist, Ocean Spray, Hershey’s, Reese’s, Fidelity Investments, Jack Daniel’s, truth, Carnival Cruise Lines and New Balance, is respected throughout the marketing industry. His career began on Madison Avenue at Young & Rubicam in 1978. Fran is a graduate of Amherst College and The Harvard Business School. He is the co-author of What They Really Do Teach You At The Harvard Business School and The Breakaway Brand, and a sought after speaker on the topic of successful branding. Fran resides in Weston, MA with his wife, Heather. He is a third-generation Irish American whose father’s ancestors came from Kilshanny, Co. Clare, and whose mother’s family emigrated from Dublin. He is the proud father of 24-year old twins.

Michael J. Kelly is president and CEO of The Weather Channel Companies, the world’s largest weather-focused media and technology company. With nearly 30 years of experience in media, Mike most recently served as senior advisor to Veronis Suhler Stevenson. He also served on the boards of several digital media companies – MediaMind, Visible World and American Town Network. Mike was president of AOL Media Networks from 2004-2007, responsible for all of AOL’s advertising properties globally. A Chicago native whose great-uncle was the first Irish mayor of the city, Mike is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In 1983, he began a 17-year run at Time Inc., first at Fortune, then eventually launching and becoming publisher of Entertainment Weekly. He was twice named Publisher of the Year. Kelly serves on the board of the Ad Council, The American Advertising Federation and is chairman of the AAF’s Advertising Hall Of Fame. A proud Irish American with roots in Mayo and Galway, Mike has five sisters, one of whom is author and filmmaker Mary Pat Kelly.




Shaun Kelly is vice chair – operations for KPMG LLP, responsible for the execution of the firm’s financial plan and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. In October 2010, he was appointed chief operating officer, Americas. In this position, he works with the leaders of the KPMG International member firms in the region to align their respective strategies and operating plans. A native of Belfast, Shaun joined KPMG International’s Irish member firm in Dublin in 1980 and transferred to the US firm’s San Francisco office in 1984. He was admitted to the U.S. partnership in 1999. He earned a bachelor of commerce, first class honors from University College Dublin and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a certified public accountant. He is treasurer and member of the executive committee of Students in Free Enterprise and a member of the North American Board of the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School. He is co-chair of KPMG’s Disabilities Network, and a member of KPMG’s Diversity Advisory Board.

Don Keough has been chairman of the board of Allen & Company, Inc., a New York investmentbanking firm, since 1993. In 1993, Don retired as president, COO and a director of The CocaCola Company after 43 years of working with Coca-Cola. From 1986 to 1993, he was chairman of the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., the world’s largest bottling system. He also served as chairman of Columbia Pictures, before it was sold to Sony Inc. Don serves on the boards of InterActive Corp, Global Yankee Holdings, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. Don has also served as a member on the boards of McDonald’s Corporation, The Washington Post Company, H. J. Heinz Company and The Home Depot. He is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees and a life trustee of the University of Notre Dame. He is a trustee of several other educational, charitable and civic organizations. Don resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Marilyn. They have six children and 18 grandchildren.

Ellen Kullman is chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont. As CEO, she has championed market-driven science to drive innovation across the company’s businesses. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Ellen began her career at DuPont in 1988 as a marketing manager. She is a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum, the Business Council, and the executive committee of SCI-America. She is co-chair of the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Changing the Conversation: From Research to Action. Ellen is on the board of trustees of Tufts University and serves on the board of overseers at Tufts University School of Engineering. Prior to joining DuPont, Ellen worked for General Electric. She holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern. Ellen is a third-generation Irish American whose mother’s family came from Nenagh, Tipperary.

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As the co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, Inc., John Mackey is a leading practitioner of empowerment management and has helped build a $10 billion Fortune 500 company, now one of the top 20 supermarket companies in America. John and the Whole Foods Market leadership team believe in decentralization and remain willing to experiment with new business ideas. Recent examples include offering $10 million in low-interest loans to local farmers and food producers to help them expand their enterprises, launching the Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations with micro credit, creating a platform in the marketplace to improve welfare for food animals, creating transparency in seafood sustainability, and promoting Healthy Eating education. A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, John is a co-founder of Conscious Capitalism, a non-profit organization with the tagline Liberating the Entrepreneurial Spirit for Good. About his heritage, John says: “My sense of humor and playfulness probably come from my Irish side! I love being both Irish and Scottish.”

Joanne Maguire is executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company business area and an officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Joanne serves on the board of directors for United Launch Alliance and on the boards of two nonprofit organizations, Space Foundation and INROADS. Joanne assumed her current position in 2006. She previously served as vice president and deputy of SSC. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2003, she worked at TRW’s Space & Electronics sector, now Northrop Grumman Space Technology. Joanne earned a BA from Michigan State University and an MA from UCLA. She is a graduate of the executive program in management at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and completed the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. Joanne is a first-generation Irish American whose father, Michael F. Maguire, was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal.

Phil McAveety is executive vice president and chief brand officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a leading hotel and leisure company. He is responsible for worldwide marketing and brand performance. Phil previously served as global brand director for Camper International in Spain, where he developed the company's strategic growth plan. Prior to joining Camper International, Phil spent nine years with Nike Inc. in several positions, including vice president of marketing for Nike Europe, Middle East and Asia. Before joining Nike, he worked with Leo Burnett International in a variety of roles. He has lived and worked in the U.K., Portugal, Hong Kong, the U.S., the Netherlands and Spain. Phil earned an AMP from Harvard Business School and a BA in economic history from Exeter University. He is a first-generation Irish American, by way of London, who fondly remembers his first visit to the U.S. It was for the 1994 World Cup. His father, Jim, hails from Swalinbar, in County Cavan, and his mother, Bridie, from Kilmichael, County Cork.




Jim McCann is a successful entrepreneur, public speaker and author whose passion is helping people deliver smiles. Jim’s belief in the universal need for social connections and interaction led to his founding of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, which he has grown into a leading florist and gift shop and, a leading website for expert party planning content and advice. Jim’s willingness to embrace new technologies that help people connect and express themselves, such as the Internet, mobile commerce and social networking, often long before others, has enabled him to stay at the forefront of consumer and social trends. As a result, he has become an award-winning public speaker, a published author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs nationwide. In addition to serving as chairman of the Board of Directors for 1-800FLOWERS.COM, Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of Willis Group Holdings Limited and a variety of private and not-for-profit boards. Jim is a third-generation Irish American with roots in Armagh and Limerick.

Anne McCarthy has spent more than 25 years in corporate communications, serving as both a strategist and an executor for Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She founded Westmeath Communications, a consulting firm that offers communications counsel to companies both large and small, as well as a cross section of stakeholders. Westmeath was named after the county where Anne’s maternal grandmother was born. Anne has deep experience in corporate social responsibility, leading the Foundation at Western Union and Polaroid. She has led large image and branding campaigns at Sara Lee Corporation, IBM, DuPont and SAP. She serves on several nonprofit boards, including Alliance for Choice in Education, Colorado UpLift and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. A trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Anne earned a BA in journalism from Michigan State University and has completed executive education programs at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and at INSEAD at Fontainebleau.

Christine M. McCarthy is the executive vice president of Corporate Finance and Real Estate, and treasurer of The Walt Disney Company. Prior to joining Disney, Christine was the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Imperial Bancorp from 1997 to 1999. She was an EVP at First Interstate until it was acquired by Wells Fargo in 1996. Christine is currently on the board and audit committee of FM Global. She is also a mentor for the National Math and Science Initiative’s STEM program. Christine served as a board member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association from 1998 to 2001. Treasury & Risk named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance 2003, and again in 2011. A third-generation Irish American, Christine was born in Winthrop, MA. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in biology at Smith College, later earning an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. She and her husband, Michael McCormick, live in California with their two children.

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Bill McDermott was appointed co-CEO of SAP on February 7, 2010. He was first named to the SAP Executive Board in 2008 to manage global field operations, a responsibility he continues to maintain as co-CEO. Before joining SAP, Bill served as executive vice president of Worldwide Sales & Operations at Siebel Systems, and president of Gartner, Inc., where he led the company's core operations. He is a member of the National Advisory Board for KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) and the Advisory Board for Villanova University. Bill earned his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, after first receiving a BS in business administration from Dowling College. Bill is an active community leader and advocate for corporate social responsibility. In 2005, he was elected to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and to the Chamber Foundation Board. Bill is a third-generation Irish American with roots in Co. Roscommon on his father's side.

Terry McGraw is the chairman, president and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies. McGrawHill’s leading brands include Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, S&P Indices, S&P Capital IQ , Platts, McGraw-Hill Education and J.D. Power and Associates. He has served as chairman since 1999, CEO since 1998, and president since 1993. He has also been a member of the board of directors since 1987. Terry received a BA from Tufts University in 1972 and completed his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He joined McGraw-Hill in 1980. He is the chairman of the United States Council for International Business, and was appointed in 2009 by President Obama to the U.S.-India CEO Forum. Born to Harold McGraw, Jr. and Anne Per-Lee, Terry is a fourth-generation Irish American. He reflects that his family “brought from Ireland a great love of learning and a belief that honesty and hard work are fundamental to strong societies.” Terry and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Whit and Megan.

Andrew J. McKenna is chairman of Schwarz Supply Source, a leading provider of supply chain solutions. Andy is also chairman of McDonald’s Corporation and serves as a director of the AON Corporation, and the Chicago Bears Football Club Team and Skyline Corporation. Over the years, Andy has served on many civic boards. He is a director of Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago, the Big Shoulders Fund of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Ireland Economic Advisory Board and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BS in business administration, Andy was awarded the university’s Laetare Medal in 2000. He served as the chairman of the board of trustees from 1992-2000 and continues on the board today. He is also a graduate of the DePaul University Law School where he received Doctor of Jurisprudence. A second-generation Irish American, Andy has roots in Mayo and Monaghan. He and his wife, Joan, have seven grown children, 24 grandchildren. and one great-grandchild.




A football coach for 16 years, Joe Moglia won two Ivy championships as defensive coordinator at Dartmouth, set defensive and kicking records at Lafayette, wrote a book and numerous articles, and has been inducted into two sports Halls of Fame. He served from 2009-2010 as the executive advisor to the head football coach at the University of Nebraska. In January of 2011, he was named the president and head coach of the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks. In the business world, both at TD Ameritrade and at Merrill Lynch, Joe has executed world-class business strategies for almost two decades. In his seven years as CEO at TD Ameritrade, shareholders enjoyed a 500% return. The firm’s market cap grew from $700 million to $10 billion and client assets from $24 billion to $280 billion. Joe has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and has been honored by the National Italian American Foundation, the Columbus Citizens Foundation, the American Institute for Stuttering, and is a recipient of two Honorary Doctorates. Joe is a first-generation Irish American whose mother is from Belfast. He is married, with six children.

Brian Monahan is the executive vice president and managing partner of MAGNA Global’s Intelligence Practice. The company specializes in forecasting media ratings and attention levels, conducting ad experience experiments, and predicting buy side demand. Before joining MAGNA, Brian worked for Interpublic Group of Companies, helping harness emerging media technology. He also founded Inrhythm Marketing, a pioneering analytic and optimization firm. Brian has had much experience working with media technology. He’s been named “Internet Media Buyer of the Year” and “Media All Star” by trade magazines and has also served on the agency advisory boards for Google, Yahoo, MSN and AOL. In 2011, he received the honor of being named to the American Advertising Federation’s 40 & Under Hall of Achievement. Brian attended Georgetown and Trinity College, Dublin. He is a third-generation Irish American with family roots in Kerry and Cork. He believes “being Irish means being able to find the beauty and humor in almost anything.” Brian and his wife, Victoria, have two children, Conor and Casey.

George Moore manages the strategic direction of TARGUS Information Corporation (TARGUSinfo) and its subsidiaries, Amacai and Localeze. He is currently involved in a number of business and civic activities. He is Chairman of Erne Heritage Holdings and a member of the Board of Directors of the New Ireland Fund (NYSE IRL). In 2007, Her Majesty, The Queen, recognized George for his contribution to the Northern Ireland economy and for his international work on behalf of all of Ireland with an Honorary CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. George holds both economics and MBSc degrees from the University College Dublin, and an MBA and DBA from George Washington University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Sciences by the University of Ulster in 2006. George lives in Washington DC with his wife, Angela, who is originally from Northern Ireland. They have three children.


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Thomas Moran was appointed chairman of the board in 2005 and has been president and CEO of Mutual of America since 1994. Tom is the chairman of Concern Worldwide (U.S.) and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Educational Broadcasting System, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City. He has been given membership in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way and Excalibur membership. Tom has won numerous awards including the Commissioner’s Award by the New York City Police Foundation, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Tom serves on the Irish Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Board and the boards of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in the USA and the Ireland-US Council for Commerce and Industry, Inc. Tom earned a BS degree in mathematics from Manhattan College. He traces his Irish ancestors to Fermanagh and Tipperary. He and his wife, Joan, reside in New York City.

Brian T. Moynihan is the chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Bank of America serves consumers, businesses and institutional investors with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial products and services. Brian joined Bank of America in 2004 following the company’s merger with FleetBoston Financial, and became CEO on January 1, 2010. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. Brian lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Susan, and their three children. A fourth-generation Irish American whose ancestors emigrated from Ireland to upstate New York in the 1850s, he said in a 2009 interview with Irish America, “There’s no sense of entitlement, no sense of placement – you’ve got to go out and work hard to get there…I think that’s deeply embedded in the culture of the Irish, including the Irish who went around the world.”

Alan Mulally is president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. and a member of the Board of Directors. Before joining Ford in 2006, Alan was executive vice president of The Boeing Company, and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Throughout his career, Alan has been recognized for his industry leadership, including being named one of The World’s Most Influential People by TIME, one of The 30 Most Respected CEOs by Barrons, Person of the Year by Aviation Week and a Best Leader by BusinessWeek. Alan serves on President Obama’s Export Council. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England’s Royal Academy of Engineering. A Kansas native, Alan holds BS and MS degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Kansas, and earned a master’s in management from MIT as a 1982 Alfred P. Sloan fellow. With a surname derived from the Gaelic Ó Maolalaidh, Alan traces his roots to the western counties of Ireland, and to Galway in particular.




Kathleen Murphy is president of Personal Investing, a unit of Fidelity Investments, which is the largest mutual fund company in the United States, one of the largest retail brokerage companies and the number one provider of workplace retirement savings plans. Kathy assumed her current position in January 2009. Prior to joining Fidelity, Kathy was CEO of ING U.S. Wealth Management from 2006 to 2008. From 2003 to 2006, Kathy was group president of ING worksite and institutional financial services. Kathy received her BA from Fairfield University and earned her JD from the University of Connecticut. She sits on the board of directors and executive committee of America’s Promise, serves on the advisory board of the Smurfit School of Business at the University of Dublin and is a member of the board of directors at the University of Connecticut Foundation. Kathy’s father’s family is from Cork and her mother’s is from Kerry. She is a third-generation Irish American and is married, with one son.

Greg Murtagh is founder and CEO of Triad Retail Media. In 2000, he was first in the digital media world to enable brands to reach shoppers via digital shopper advertising on large retail eCommerce websites. Greg has worked with many of the world’s largest retailers on how to become effective web publishers, adding a significant incremental advertising revenue stream to complement their already large eCommerce businesses. Triad was recently named one of INC Magazine’s fastest growing U.S. companies. He began his career in sales with Procter & Gamble (Vicks) and quickly rose through the ranks within large consumer goods companies for 15 years before founding Triad. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from The Cox School of Business Management at Southern Methodist University. Greg says of his Irish roots, “I’m proud of how my grandparents took the risk to come here. I love the hardworking and happy spirit of the Irish.” He resides in Dunedin, Florida with his wife, Liz, and their twin sons, Liam and Quinn.

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William J. Mullaney is president, U.S. Business for MetLife, Inc. Named to this position in 2009, Bill oversees all of MetLife’s insurance, retirement and corporate benefit funding businesses in the U.S. and serves 60 million retail and corporate customers. He was previously president, Institutional Business, which provided insurance and retirement benefits to employers of all sizes in the United States. He joined MetLife in 1982. Bill serves as a member of the board of directors for MetLife Auto & Home, MetLife Bank and MetLife Foundation. In 2011, he was chair of the National Child Labor Committee’s 25th Annual Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth, which recognizes individuals dedicated to the health, education and well-being of young people. Bill was also the chairman of the New York Blood Center’s Volunteer Leadership Campaign from 2007 to 2009. He received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh, his MBA from Pace University and a chartered life underwriter designation from The American College. Bill is a first-generation Irish American whose parents hail from Roscommon and Cork. He is married with two children. 64 IRISH AMERICA DECEMBER / JANUARY 2012

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Dennis M. Nally has served as chairman and senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP since 2002. He has been a partner of the firm since 1985, beginning at PwC's Detroit office. Prior to being elected chairman, Dennis served in the Audit and Business Advisory Services. Dennis is a graduate of Western Michigan University and has also completed the Columbia University and Penn State University Executive Programs. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs. He also serves on The Carnegie Hall Society Board of Trustees, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, and the British American Business International Advisory Board, among others. As a second-generation Irish American with roots in Mayo, Dennis believes that “with a strong foundation of hard work and determination anything can be accomplished. My Irish ancestry demonstrated this by my grandparents and parents.”

Eileen Naughton is responsible for digital media strategy, marketing and operations across Google’s display advertising businesses in North and South America. Eileen joined Google in 2006 as director in the North American direct sales organization. Previously, Eileen had a distinguished career at Time Warner Inc., where she was president of the TIME Group. AdAge Magazine featured her as a “Woman to Watch,” in a 2007 issue, and in 2009, she was featured in How Remarkable Women Lead, a book focusing on successful female leaders by McKinsey & Company consultants Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston. The American Diabetes Association has named Eileen a “Woman of Valor” for her work to raise awareness of the obesity epidemic. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from its Wharton School. Eileen’s father was from Roscommon and her mother grew up in Drumcliff, in the mountains near Sligo.

Dermot J. O'Brien is executive vice president of Human Resources at TIAA-CREF and a member of the company's Executive Management Team. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial services in both institutional and retail businesses. Dermot started his financial services career at Morgan Stanley, where he spent nine years in various roles, including head of HR for Japan. He is a founding member of the Human Resource-50 Group, and also serves on the CT Partners Advisory Board and helps develop the Institute's agenda and priorities. Dermot has volunteered with Junior Achievement for several years, teaching children the basics of financial literacy. A native of Dublin, he holds an undergraduate degree in finance from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, where he is a frequent guest lecturer. He is the son of the late Dermot O'Brien, 1957 All-Ireland GAA captain for County Louth and well-known Irish entertainer.




Emmett O’Connell is chairman of the Great Western Mining Corporation, a mineral exploration company based in Nevada with headquarters in Dublin. A promoter of technology and exploration companies for over thirty years, Emmett has acted as founder and director of other companies including Eglington Exploration plc., Bryson Oil and Gas plc, Texas Continental Securities plc., and Seminole Land & Cattle Company. Emmett’s career has taken him to many countries on five continents. He has been involved with highly successful public companies quoted on the London, Dublin and Vancouver Stock Exchanges. In April 2008, the London PLUS market awarded Great Western Mining Corp. plc., the best resource stock award for the continued investing and expansion of the company’s North American mineral resources. The company is now listed on the AIM market in London and the ESM market in Dublin. Emmett was inducted as a Knight of St. Gregory in the Vatican in 1986. When not in some distant part of the world, he lives on a farm in Wexford with his wife of 50 years. He has three children and seven grandchildren.

Patrick O’Connor is the chief financial officer at Starcom USA. Based in Chicago, he is a member of the Starcom managing board, and directs a 100-person professional finance and media operations group. Pat became CFO at Starcom in 2003, expanding his role to include financial start-up and oversight of additional business units including both traditional media and diverse media disciplines. He is responsible for all real estate activities of Starcom MediaVest Group business units in Chicago, including space planning and expansion. He became a certified public accountant in May 1989, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Illinois CPA Society. Outside the office, he is an active supporter of the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House. Pat is a fourth-generation Irish American, hailing originally from Cork, on his father’s side, and Roscommon, on his mother’s. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Saint Francis, before going on to earn his MBA at Loyola University in 1996. He and his wife, Anne, have five children.

A native of Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Donal O’Sullivan immigrated to the United States in 1984 in search of work in construction. Today, he is the president and co-owner of Navillus Contracting, which he founded with his sister Helen, and his brothers Kevin and Leonard. Navillus, one of the largest union contractors in New York City, has been contributing to the city skyline for the last 24 years. Most notably, it was Donal’s great privilege and honor to have Navillus involved with the building of the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. Donal is a supporter of the Irish Arts Center and the GAA. He is a member of the Kerryman’s Patriotic & Benevolent Association and the Kerry Football Club of New York, which named him Guest of Honor in 2010. He serves on the Board of Haven U.S., an extension of the Haven Partnership, an Irish nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunity and building homes for the people of Haiti. Donal and his wife, Kathleen, have six children, Jack, Donal, Katie, Caroline, Michael and Kelly. He frequently travels back to Ireland to visit his mother, Teresa, as well as other family members, and to connect with his Irish roots.


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Kevin O'Sullivan is president of Time Square Construction, Inc., a growing New York City-based construction management company and property developer, which he co-founded with his brother Donal in 2006. Time Square Construction and Development is a proponent of sustainable construction practices, and offers practical and projectspecific construction solutions to clients. Prior to co-founding the firm, Kevin served as the senior vice president of Navillus Contracting from 1987 – 2006, again working alongside his brother Donal. With Navillus, Kevin managed high profile projects including the construction of the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens and the Apple Flagship store in Manhattan, and renovations at Grand Central Station. Kevin attended Tralee Technical College in Co. Kerry, Ireland, obtaining a degree in construction management. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the development and construction industry. Kevin was born in Co. Kerry, to parents John and Theresa. He and his wife, Eileen, have five children.

With 14 years experience at Universal McCann, Sean O’Sullivan has risen through the ranks to his current position as SVP group media director. After leading the winning team at a young advertising professionals training conference in London during the summer of 1999, Sean joined the international planning department in New York in March of 2000 where he worked on global strategic planning for CPG clients and Pan Regional specific clients. In 2003, he started to add direct responsibilities for the U.S. A graduate of the University of Limerick and the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland, Sean is a member of the UM Charity Council which supports Free the Children. Sean, whose parents both came from Effin, Co. Limerick, was born in Bronx, New York but grew up in Killaloe, Co. Clare. He is a member of the Shannon Development North American advisory council, and used to play hurling for Clare on a team in New York. He believes that “being Irish instills in a person a belief that with hard work and perseverance any challenge can be overcome.”

James Quinn has been president of Tiffany & Co. since 2003. As president, Jim oversees Tiffany business in over 50 countries and is responsible for its global expansion, including the development of the Tiffany business in key markets in Asia and Europe. He began his career with the internationally renowned jeweler in 1986. Jim serves on the board of Mutual of America Capital Management and is a director of Deckers Outdoor Inc. He is chairman of New York’s 5th Ave. Association, vice chairman and trustee of the Museum of the City of New York, was former chairman and serves on the North American advisory board of the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin and is a member of An Taoiseach’s economic advisory board. A graduate of Hofstra University, he is vice chairman of the University’s board of trustees. Jim received his MBA from Pace University. He is married to Diane and has two children. Jim traces his Irish roots to Offaly and Westmeath on his father’s side, and Kerry on his mother’s side. All four of his grandparents were from Ireland.




Since 2001, Edward T. Reilly has been the 17th president and CEO of the American Management Association, International. AMA is the world’s leading not-for-profit, membershipbased management development, research and publishing organization. Ed previously served as president and CEO of Big Flower Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of integrated marketing and advertising services. Prior to that, Ed spent nearly 30 years with the broadcast and book publishing groups of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Ed holds a BA in business administration from St. Francis College and attended the Stanford Executive Program. He is chairman of the USO World Headquarters Board of Governors, a member of the North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business in Dublin, and a fellow and former chairman of the Royal Society for the Arts in the U.S. A fourth-generation Irish American, he resides in Westport, Connecticut, with his wife, Susan. Ed has roots in Cavan on his father’s side and Limerick on his mother’s.

In May 2011, Brian Ruane was appointed CEO of BNY Mellon’s Alternative and Broker/Dealer Services. He has responsibility for Broker/Dealer Services, Derivatives 360 and Alternative Investment Services. Prior to being appointed CEO of BNY Mellon Alternative Investment Services in 2009, Brian was head of Global Client Management North America. Brian is a member of The Board of Directors of Pershing LLC and BNY Mellon’s Sovereign Wealth Advisory Group. In 2003, he was co-opted onto The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Working Committee on The Future of The U.S. Government Securities Markets. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business in Dublin and The Frank G. Zarb School of Business, New York. Born in the U.S. and raised in Ireland, Brian is a graduate of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in the UK and Ireland and received his MBA in international banking and finance from Zarb School of Business, New York in 1995. Brian and his wife, Dublin-born Anna Lynch, have four children.

Kevin P. Ryan is the Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe. In 2007, Kevin, along with a founding team, created Gilt Groupe as an invitation-only site for coveted women's apparel and accessories. Today, Gilt Groupe has over three million members and has added business lines in a number of areas. Kevin is one of the leading Internet entrepreneurs in the United States, having launched several New York-based businesses, including Gilt Groupe, Business Insider, ShopWiki, and 10gen/MongoDB. Kevin helped build DoubleClick from 1996 to 2005, first as president and later as CEO. Currently, Kevin serves on the board of Human Rights Watch, the NYC Investment Fund and INSEAD, and is a member of the Yale International Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA from INSEAD. Born in Milwaukee, Kevin is a fourth-generation Irish American. He traces his Irish roots to Counties Clare and Cork.

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Tim Ryan is vice chairman and the leader of PwC’s Assurance Practice. He has over 20 years of experience serving clients in the financial services industry in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to his current position, Tim led PwC’s U.S. Financial Services practice. He has served on the U.S. Board of Partners and Principals and its Admissions Committee, the Management Evaluation and Compensation Committee, the Clients Committee and on the firm’s Global Board of Directors. He has also served several of the firm’s major financial services clients, has been published or quoted in numerous publications and is a frequent contributor to industry events. A certified public accountant, Tim is a graduate of Babson College, where he received degrees in accounting and communications. A secondgeneration Irish American and a Boston native, he joined PwC after graduation and currently resides in the area with his family.

In 1992, Tom Shannon formed the T-Bird Restaurant Group to develop the Outback Steakhouse concept in California. Today, the group has 62 Outback Steakhouse restaurants and continues to grow. The California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation named Tom “Restaurateur of the Year, 2002.” Tom serves on the Outback Steakhouse Foundation executive committee, and as the Outback Pro-Am Tournament chairman, he helps raise over $600,000 annually for children's charities in the Tampa area. In 2004, Tom received the “Spirit of Life Award” presented by the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute, and in 2006, he was presented with the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor award. Tom, whose Irish grandparents settled in the Boston Harbor area in 1899, was born in Somerville, MA. He attended the University of Florida on a football/baseball scholarship and graduated with a double degree in marketing and management.

Brian W. Stack is managing director of CIE Tours International, one of the largest producers of tourists to Ireland, Scotland, and many other areas of Europe. Prior to joining CIE Tours International, Brian worked with Aer Lingus, The Irish Tourist Board, and Ocean Reef Club in Florida. Brian has served as chairman of the United States Tour Operators Association, was president of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives, is Vice Chairman of the Irish American Cultural Institute and is currently vice president of the Ireland-U.S. Council for Commerce and Industry. His awards also include “Man of the Year” from the Incentive Travel Industry and “International Executive of the Year” by the World Congress on Marketing and Incentive Travel, in addition to being honored in the Top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America. A resident of Rye, New York, Brian is married to Anne-Marie and has two grown children. He is a Dublin native.




Timothy Sullivan is president and chief executive officer of and has served as a director since September 2005. Prior to joining, Tim was chief operating officer and then president and CEO of from January 2001 to September 2004. He previously served as vice president of E-commerce for Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch, Inc. and held multiple positions at The Walt Disney Company. Tim holds an MA from Harvard Business School and was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His paternal greatgrandfather was born in Dingle, Co. Kerry in 1866 and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 13. One of his great-grandmothers was born in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare in 1872. Tim says, “ From the facts around my great-grandparents’ immigration to this country to the stories of their life in 19th century Lowell, MA, I have felt connected to Ireland and the struggles of the Irish immigrants to this country all my life. I feel so incredibly fortunate, thanks to my role at, to be able help Irish Americans like me discover, preserve, and share the stories of their family history.”

As co-chairman of Media Networks, The Walt Disney Co., and president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Anne Sweeney has risen through the ranks of television and was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune and one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes. Anne is a recipient of the Cable Television Public Affairs Association’s President’s Award, the Golden Mike Award for Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting by the Broadcasters Foundation of America, and the Matrix Award for television from New York Women in Communications, Inc. Anne was elected director of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2001. In 2007, she was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She has received the Committee of 200’s Luminary Award, and just this past October became the first female executive in history to receive MIPCOM’s Personality of the Year honor. Anne, who earned a BA from the College of New Rochelle and an EdM from Harvard, traces her roots to Meath, Kerry and Mayo.

With over 20 years of experience in the technology and financial services industries, Michael Walsh is president and chief executive officer of Visa's CyberSource Corporation. Michael joined CyberSource in 1998, prior to Visa's acquisition of the company. He took over North American sales in 2000, and in 2004 was named senior vice president of Global Sales & Services. After five years in this position, Michael was appointed president and chief executive officer in January 2010. Michael played a key role in doubling the size of the CyberSource footprint in the payment space through the $660 million acquisition of in 2007. In 2010, he led negotiations that resulted in Visa's $2 billion acquisition of CyberSource. Prior to working for CyberSource, Michael held sales and business development positions at Oracle Corporation and Merrill Lynch. He is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine, with a bachelor's degree in political science.



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In Ireland, you talked about people sticking together and the strength in Irish families.

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Your family as a unit stuck together and made that decision. C%& 4=6!;"0%;5& $'$>& C%& 2!.0F4F%$ %B%.508'#F&0!&$!&0840>&O#9;"$'#F&08%&=;"% !B4;& '06%;7& G& !".& 0.4$%24.L>& C%& %B%# 2!.0F4F%$& 0840& O#& .%0.!63%90,& '0& :46 4=6!;"0%;5& 08%& .'F80& $%9'6'!#>& H"0,& 5%6, 08%.%&:%.%&24#5&6;%%3;%66&#'F806>

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I read you were a bit of a musician. C'L'3%$'4n

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TIMELINE In 1847, John Ford, his wife Tomasina and seven children, and widowed mother Rececca left Ballinacarthy, Co. Cork on a ship bound for Grosse Ile, Cananda. Tomasina did not survive the grueling journey. From there the Fords traveled to Dearborn, Michigan, where John's three brothers had emigrated in the 1830s. John bought an 8-acre farm from Henry Maybury, an old acquaintance from West Cork. Patrick Ahern from Fair Lane off Shandon Street in Cork City, had an adjacent farm. John’s son William met and fell in love with Patrick’s foster daughter, Mary Litogot. The two married on April 21, 1861, and it was agreed that William Ford, who the newlyweds would live at Fair left Ireland in 1847. 38 IRISH AMERICA DECEMBER / JANUARY 2012

Lane with Patrick and his wife, Margaret Ahern. On July 30, 1863, Mary gave birth to the Fords’ first son, Henry. In 1914, the then hugely successful Henry Ford chose to build a 56-room mansion on a 1,300-acre tract of land two miles from his Dearborn birthplace. He named the estate “Fair Lane” after Patrick Ahern’s birthplace. In the summer of 1912, Henry Ford made an important trip to reconnect with his Irish roots. On another trip to Ireland in 1917, Henry Ford established Henry Ford & Son Ltd. It began as a private venture Henry Ford with his and later became a Model T.



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You are a committed environmentalist and I read that Henry Ford said that his first memory was of his father slowly and deliberately turning the plough around in order to avoid disturbing a bird’s nest. ^%&:46&4&F.%40&#40".4;'60&4#$&%#B'.!#E 2%#04;'60,&08!"F8&08%&0%.2&:46#A0&'#B%#0E %$& 5%0>& ^%& 7%;0& 0840& '#& 08%& 3.!$"90'!# 3.!9%66& 5!"& 68!";$#A0& :460%& 4#508'#F> -!.& '#604#9%,& :%& 94;;& '0& .%959;'#F,& ="0 :840&8%&$'$&:46&8%&"6%$&4;;&08%&:!!$%# 68'33'#F& 9.40%6& 4#$& 24$%& 08%2& '#0! 7.42%6&7!.&08%&B%8'9;%6&!.&."##'#F&=!4.$6 7!.& 08%& 94.6,& 4#$& :840& :46& ;%70& !B%.& 8% 84$&9!23.%66%$&'#0!&984.9!4;&4#$&604.0%$ 8'6&!:#&984.9!4;&9!234#5>&S!08'#F&:46 :460%$>&C%&94;;&'0&=%'#F&%#B'.!#2%#04;;5 .%63!#6'=;%m&'#&8'6&$45&8%&W"60&7%;0&8%&:46 =%'#F&#!#E:460%7";>

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Can you talk a little bit about Fontinalis Partners. It seems interesting in terms of the future? O0A6&4#&'#B%602%#0&7'.2&0840&O&9!E7!"#$E %$& :8'98& '6& 7!9"6%$& !#& 3.!B'$'#F& 0.4#6E 3!.040'!#& 6!;"0'!#6& 7!.& 08%& 7"0".%>& O0A6 4=!"0&8%;3'#F&%46%&08%&3.%66".%&!7&!B%.E 3!3";40'!#& 4#$& %X0.%2%& ".=4#'_40'!# 4.!"#$& 08%& F;!=%>& H%94"6%& :8%#& 5!" 84B%&0840&5!"&84B%&6!2%&"#'I"%&3%.6!#4; 2!=';'05& '66"%6>& -!#0'#4;'6& Y4.0#%.6& '6 Tom and his 0.5'#F& 0!& 7'#$& 5!"#F& 9!234#'%6& 0840& 4.% wife Joan. :!.L'#F&0!&8%;3&6!;B%&0840&3.!=;%2>

That sounds like an investment in America’s future. C%;;,&'0A6&#!0&W"60&<2%.'94>&C%A.%&'#0%.E %60%$&'#&4&F;!=4;&433.!498&=%94"6%&08% '66"%6&4.%&#!0&"#'I"%&0!&<2%.'94>

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Ford Motor Company, to me, is a shining example of what a family and company can do. C%;;,& 084#L& 5!"& 6!& 2"98>& O0& '6& F!'#F :%;;& .'F80& #!:& 4#$& 08!6%& $4.L& $456& 4.% 604.0'#F&0!&74$%&4&;'00;%&='0,&084#L7";;5>&O0A6 =%%#& 4& 8%9L& !7& 4& .!;;%.& 9!460%.>& H"0& :% $'$& 08'#F6& 08%& .'F80& :45>& C%& $'$& '0& !".E 6%;B%6,&4#$&#!:&:%A.%&=49L&!#&08%&2%#$ 4#$&'0&7%%;6&F!!$>

Thank you, Mr. Ford.

Was it a difficult decision to step down and bring in Alan Mulally, another Irishman? O0A6&=%%#&F.%40>&O&0!!L&!B%.&'# M**(&:8%#&:%&84$&=%%#&4:468 '#&.%$&'#L&4#$&O&F!0&"6&=49L&0! 08.%%&5%4.6&!7&3.!7'04=';'05,&="0 46&O&;!!L%$&48%4$&O&$'$#A0&;'L% :840&O&64:&9!2'#F&40&"6>&V!&O 08!"F80&:%A$&84B%&0!&$!&24W!. .%60."90".'#F,& 4#$& 9";0".4;;5& O :!";$AB%&=%%#&08%&:.!#F&3%.E 6!#&0!&$!&'0&=%94"6%&!7&08%&.%;4E 0'!#68'3&O&84B%&:'08&08%&:!.LE %.6>& H"0& O& ;!!L%$& 7!.& 6!2%!#%

division of Ford Motor Company. As Ford historian Bob Kreipke explains: “Henry Ford's family roots drew him to Ireland. He knew what he was able to do socially and economically in the United States, and he figured he could apply that model to the depressed area of Cork.” Ford employed 7,000 there until the assembly operations were Edsel Ford, son of closed in 1984. Henry Ford. For many of the Ford family descendants, the interest in their Irish roots remains strong. Edsel Ford II and his family visited the old homestead in Cork in 2004. This past summer, William Clay Ford, Jr. and his family made a visit.

Bill Ford Executive Chairman Ford Motor Company (rt) with Ford CEO Alan Mulally.

Bill Ford pictured with his father on his first day at work at Ford Co. in 1979.


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2011 Business 100 Special Feature from the December '11 / January '12 edition of Irish America magazine