Business 100 – 2011 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 Michael Walsh Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:03:39 +0000 Read more..]]> 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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Susan Ungaro Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:02:57 +0000 Read more..]]> Susan Kelliher Ungaro was appointed President of the James Beard Foundation in April 2006. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ungaro was editor-in-chief of Family Circle magazine for 12 years and celebrated her 25th anniversary at the publication in 2001. During her tenure at Family Circle, the magazine received numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award and a Sigma Delta Chi award. Ungaro has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hope Award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Irish America magazine’s Top Business 100 Award, the Muriel Fox Communications Award from the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, the President’s Award from the New Jersey Press Women’s Association, and the William Paterson Legacy Award. She was a participant in President Clinton’s Women’s Roundtables, and was honored by President Reagan’s Office for Consumer Affairs for her “outstanding contribution to increasing consumer awareness in America.”

Since joining the Foundation, Ungaro has overseen the expansion of the Foundation’s culinary scholarship program, an online enrollment program that has led to an increase in membership, the relocation of the annual James Beard Foundation Awards Gala to the prestigious Lincoln Center, and the first James Beard Foundation Taste America Food Festival, which took place in 20 cities around the country in September 2007.Both of Ungaro’s parents emigrated from Co. Kerry.

Click HERE to read a feature interview with Ungaro from the December/January 2012 Business 100 issue of Irish America.

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Anne Sweeney Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:02:11 +0000 Read more..]]> 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.

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Timothy Sullivan Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:01:25 +0000 Read more..]]> 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 great-grandfather 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.”

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Brian W. Stack Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:00:41 +0000 Read more..]]>  

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.

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Thomas J. Shannon, Jr. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:59:47 +0000 Read more..]]>  

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.

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Robert Savage & Nanette Lepore Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:59:11 +0000 Read more..]]>  

Bob Savage and Nanette Lepore are the co-founders of the Nanette Lepore brand, a multi-tiered enterprise that includes clothing, shoes, fragrance, and ten Nanette Lepore boutiques worldwide. As president, Savage controls the business, operations and administrative aspects of the label, while Lepore heads the creative side of the business, designing the trademark playful-yet-elegant clothing and accessories that bear her name.

Lepore and Savage were both born and raised in Younstown, Ohio. Lepore, who is also of Italian heritage, has Irish roots on her mother’s side, the McGarrys. Savage traces his ancestry to Hollymount, Co. Mayo, the town from which his great-grandfather emigrated to America.

The husband-and-wife team left Youngstown for New York so that Lepore could attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and Savage could further his ambitions as a painter. They established their first base of operations in 1992, in a penthouse office in the heart of New York’s Garment District, and the rest is history. They now have eleven retail stores around the world, show regularly at New York Fashion Week and have a client list that includes Sharon Stone, Eva Longoria Parker, Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift and Abigail Breslin.

Click HERE to read an interview with Lepore and Savage, from the December/January 2012 Business 100 issue of Irish America.

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Timothy Ryan Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:58:24 +0000 Read more..]]>  

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 second-generation Irish American and a Boston native, he joined PwC after graduation and currently resides in the area with his family.

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Kevin P. Ryan Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:57:50 +0000 Read more..]]>  

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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Brian A. Ruane Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:57:13 +0000 Read more..]]>  

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.

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