Jim Clerkin is the  president and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America. Hennessy is celebrating its 250th birthday this year, and Clerkin is currently the longest-serving  CEO in the alcoholic beverage industry in  the U.S. (Photo: Kit DeFever)

Moët Hennessy’s Jim Clerkin

From County Down to downtown Manhattan, Jim Clerkin has moved around, and systematically up, in the world. After a career in the alcoholic beverage industry, he’s landed the top position in Moët Hennessy in North America. Now that he’s there, his goal is to help others do the same.  ℘℘℘ Jim Clerkin has had a relationship with Hennessy since before he was born. His father’s drink was...

Irish America recognizes the top 100 Irish and Irish American business leaders.

The 30th Annual Irish America Business 100

For 30 years, this list has sought to recognize the phenomenal success of the Irish in corporate America. We are proud to have the opportunity to celebrate three decades of executives, managers, partners, and directors and prouder to recognize this landmark list. The honorees in the following pages represent some of the most innovative and impactful organizations doing business in the United...

General Oliver Harty.

First Word: The French Connection

As we struggle with the magnitude of the recent terror attacks in Paris and live with the renewed fear of attacks here at home, we all find personal ways of coping. Mine is to reflect on the past and the great tragedies that we have overcome; to remind myself that life goes on. Jim Clerkin, the subject of our cover story, responded to the devastating news by flying to Paris to be on the ground...

Peter Robinson stands down as N.I. First Minister. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto/REX)

Peter Robinson Steps Down as N.I. First Minister

Peter Robinson announced he is to step down as Northern Ireland First Minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) just days after a new deal was struck to break a months’ long political deadlock in Stormont late November. Robinson, 67, told Northern Ireland newspaper the Belfast Telegraph that he will not contest next May’s assembly elections and will step aside as leader, most...

Northern Ireland is one step closer to legalizing gay marriage.

Same Sex Marriage Wins Historic N.I. Vote

Making history in November, a majority of Northern Ireland’s Assembly members voted in favor of same-sex marriage for the first time. Fifty-three ministers supported the motion, while 52 voted against. But the motion was immediately blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) who submitted a “petition of concern” requiring that the proposal achieve a cross-community majority to pass,...