Weekly Comment:
Announcing the 30th Annual
Irish America Business 100

Irish America announces the 30th Annual Irish America Business 100 Award honorees and celebrates with the 2015 Business 100
Awards Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in New York December 3.

By Irish America Staff
December 2, 2015

Irish America magazine announces its 30th annual Business 100 list in the December / January 2016 issue. This year’s honorees will be feted at the 2015 Irish America Business Awards Luncheon December 3 at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan, co-hosted by ICON Plc. The event, which has come to be the premier networking event for Irish and Irish-American corporate leaders, will feature Jim Clerkin, president and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America, as its keynote speaker. Clerkin is the cover interview for the December / January issue of Irish America.

The complete list of honorees can be viewed here.

For 30 years, the list has recognized the phenomenal success of the Irish in corporate America, from executives and managers to partners and directors. The 100 honorees who comprise the 2015 list represent some of the most innovative and impactful organizations doing business in the United States.

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Honorees include:

Michael Callahan – Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of LinkedIn

Kieran Claffey – Partner at PwC

Tom Codd – Vice Chairman and U.S. Human Capital Leader at PwC

Tim Connolly – Senior Vice President and Head of Distributions and Partnerships at Hulu

James Delaney – COO and founding partner at Dmi Partners

Reilly Devine – Senior Account Executive at Zenefits

Tom Finn – President of Global Healthcare for Procter Gamble

Kevin Kelleher – CFO and Executive Vice President at Sony Music

Christine McCarthy – CFO at the Walt Disney Company

Ashley McCollum – Chief of Staff at Buzzfeed

Dermot McCormack – CEO of 2D Studios and Productions

Maureen Mitchell – President of Global Sales and Marketing for GE Asset Management

Bill Mullaney – Senior Advisor at Deloitte

Ciaran Murray – CEO of ICON, Plc.

Matthew Ryan – Global Chief Strategy Officer of Starbucks

“This year’s honorees represent one of the most geographically diverse group of entrepreneurs to be featured,” Irish America co-founder and editor Patricia Harty said.

“From Seattle to Phoenix, Dallas, New York, and South Africa, the honorees on this list show just how far flung the Irish diaspora has become, and the level of success the descendants of immigrants attain when building from the sacrifices of those who came before.”

With over 30 years of experience in the beer, wine and spirits industry, Jim Clerkin began his career in Ireland, where he rose through the ranks at Guinness in a variety of roles to Executive Sales Director, becoming a member of the board of directors. He joined Moët Hennessy in 2008 to take on a new role as executive vice president and chief operating officer with responsibility for global brands such as Hennessy Cognac, Moët & Chandon Champagne, Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Grand Marnier and Belvedere vodka.

He was born in Rostrevor, Co. Down and has been involved with a number of charities including Co-operation Ireland where he serves as the chairman. He is the proud father of four children and resides in in Manhattan.

As Keynote Speaker, Clerkin joins a distinguished group. In recent years Irish America has welcomed Shannon Deegan, Head of Global Security Operations at Google; Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health Systems; Denis O’Brien, chairman of the board at Digicel; and William Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman at Ford.

Irish America is pleased to thank ICON, Plc. for their lead sponsorship of the 30th Anniversary Business 100.

The magazine also gives special thanks to the annual sponsors of the event: Mutual of America, Guinness, the Coca-Cola Company, Tourism Ireland, CIE Tours International, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, The American Ireland Fund, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, Quinnipiac University, House of Waterford Crystal, and 1800Flowers.com. ♦

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For more information on the 2015 Irish America Business 100 Awards luncheon, which will recognize their contributions to innovative business practices and the shared fact of their Irish heritage, click here

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