Business 100 – 2012 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:56:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 Maggie Sullivan Wilderotter Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:40:56 +0000 Read more..]]> Maggie Wilderotter has been chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications, a Fortune 500 company, since 2006, having joined it in 2004 as president, CEO and a member of the board. Before this, she was SVP of Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft. Maggie chairs the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and serves on the boards of Xerox and Procter & Gamble, as well as a number of non-profits focused on mentoring and supporting women entrepreneurs. She has been included in Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for the past four years and in 2011 the Financial Times named her one of “The Top 50 Women in World Business.”

A third-generation Irish American with roots in Mayo and Cork, Maggie was born in Neptune, NJ, to Dennis Sullivan and Connie Shields. She says, “My Irish heritage has given me great gifts: faith, intuition, humor and a strong work ethic, the love of a good story and a deep laugh, and above all, gratitude.” Maggie earned a BA in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. She and her husband, Jay, have two sons, Christopher and Daniel.

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Tucker Tooley Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:39:34 +0000 Read more..]]> Tucker Tooley serves as president, Relativity Media, overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations,  its business divisions, personnel, and theatrical motion picture film slate. Joining Relativity in 2007 as president, Worldwide Production, Tucker was integral in transitioning the company’s Single Picture Films division into a full-fledged studio. His credits as executive producer include the 3-d adventure Immortals, the paranoia-thriller Limitless, the Oscar-nominated The Fighter and the box office hit Dear John.

Previously, Tucker served as CEO of Tooley Productions. In 1999, he established Newman/ Tooley Films, with then-producing partner Vincent Newman. A UC Santa Barbara graduate, Tucker began his  career as a creative executive at Interlight Pictures.

“The Irish are some of the best story tellers in the world,” he says. “Being of Irish heritage and in the entertainment business, I feel a sense of responsibility to tell stories that will enlighten and endure the test of time.” Tucker is a fifth-generation Irish American with roots in Carrignamuck Knockamara, County Wicklow. He and his wife, Tessa, welcomed their first child in November.

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Anne Sweeney Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:38:42 +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 in October of 2011 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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Ted M. Sullivan Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:37:39 +0000 Read more..]]> Ted M. Sullivan serves as a principal with Hibernia Management Consulting (HMC). With more than 18 years experience focusing on strategy and operational consulting, he is responsible for servicing Fortune 500 multinational clients within the entertainment and media industry. Prior to co-founding HMC, he was a managing director within KPMG’s Entertainment and Media Practice.

Ted traces his mother’s ancestors to Co. Tyrone, and his father’s to Co. Cork. He is a founding member of the Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society and has served as the Georgia president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  He has served twice as parade chairman of the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade and was the parade’s honorary Grand Marshal in 2005. Ted visits Ireland every year to reconnect with friends in Navan, Cork, and the North of Ireland, where he has participated in various political forums.

He holds a BS in finance from Troy State University. Ted and his wife, Sara, reside in Atlanta with their daughter, Mary Lois.

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Brian W. Stack Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:36:34 +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. 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of CIE, and is also the company’s most successful year to date.

Prior to joining CIE, 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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Brian Ruane Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:35:36 +0000 Read more..]]> Brian Ruane is a member of the Executive Committee for Pershing, a BNY Mellon company, and a member of BNY Mellon’s Operating Committee. He is responsible for Broker-Dealer Services, U.S. Tri-Party Services, Derivatives Clearing and co-leads Pershing Prime Services.

Prior to his current role, Brian was CEO of BNY Mellon’s Alternative Investment and Broker-Dealer Services. He was previously head of Global Client Management in North America. He served on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Working Committee on The Future of The U.S. Government Securities Markets.

Brian is a member of the board of directors of BNY Mellon Clearing International Limited, and BNY Mellon’s Sovereign Wealth Advisory Group. He is also a member of the advisory board of The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and The Frank G. Zarb School of Business, from which he received an MBA in international finance. Born in the U.S. and raised in Ireland, Brian is also a graduate of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in the UK and Ireland.

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Wilbur L. Ross Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:34:50 +0000 Read more..]]> Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. is CEO and chairman of WL Ross & Co. LLC, and member of the Office of the Chairman and Investment Committee of Invesco. An  industry leader in bankruptcy, restructuring and privatization services, he is one of the leading financial advisors and investors to have been involved in some of the largest bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings. He has assisted in restructuring more than $200 billion of corporate liabilities.

Wilbur was executive managing director of Rothschild Inc. for 24 years before acquiring that firm’s private equity partnerships in 2000. He holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and an AB from Yale University, which recognized him with the Yale Leadership award in 2009.

WL Ross & Co. is a large investor in Bank of Ireland. A fourth-generation Irish American through his mother, Agnes O’Neill, Wilbur was honored by the American Ireland Fund in 2011. Of his link to Ireland, Wilbur says, “Resiliency is a major irish trait that is very important to me as an investor in distressed companies.” He has two daughters, Amanda and Jessica, and is married to Hilary Geary Ross.

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Edward T. Reilly Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:33:04 +0000 Read more..]]> Since 2001, Edward T. Reilly has been the 17th president and CEO of the American Management Association. AMA is the world’s leading not-for-profit membership-based 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 30 years with the broadcasting 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 serves as the following: member of the North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business; immediate past chairman of the USO World Headquarters board of governors; co-chairman of the USO Operation Enduring Care Campaign; fellow of the International Academy of Management; member of the U.S. Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona.

A fourth-generation Irish American, he resides in Westport, CT, with his wife, Susan. Ed has roots in Cavan on his father’s side and Limerick on his mother’s.

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Kathleen L. Quirk Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:32:51 +0000 Read more..]]> Kathleen L. Quirk has served as chief financial officer and treasurer of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) since December, 2003. FCX is the world’s largest publicly owned copper producer. She joined Freeport-McMoRan in 1989 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in tax, investor relations, treasury, corporate finance and business development. Following Freeport-McMoRan’s acquisition of Phelps Dodge Corporation in 2007, she was named executive vice president. In each of the past three years, she was named the Best CFO in Metals and Mining by Institutional Investor magazine.

Kathleen holds a BS in accounting from Louisiana State University and is a member of the board of directors of the Valley of the Sun United Way. With roots in Co. Galway, Kathleen says of her Irish heritage, “As a native of New Orleans, and a third-generation Irish American, I am a beneficiary of the wonderful Irish culture and tradition that the many Irish immigrants brought to the city in the 1800s. The immigrants were industrious and fun loving, and made a lasting contribution to the city’s unique culture.”

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Donal O’Sullivan Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:31:25 +0000 Read more..]]> A native of Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Donal O’Sullivan immigrated to the U.S. 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 NYC, has been contributing to the city skyline for the last 25 years. It has been Donal’s honor to have Navillus involved with building the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center, and to aid in rebuilding Rockaway after Hurricane Sandy.

Donal is a supporter of the Irish Arts Center and the GAA. He is a member of the Kerryman’s Patriotic & Benevolent Association, the Kerry Football Club of NY, and serves on the board of Haven US, an extension of Haven Partnership, an Irish nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunity and building homes in Haiti. The US Friends of Maynooth College recognized him as Honoree of the Year 2012.

Donal and his wife, Kathleen, have six children, Jack, Donal, Katie, Caroline, Michael and Kelly. He frequently returns to Ireland to visit his mother, Teresa, and connect with his roots.

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