The UCD Quinn and Smurfit Alumni Awards, which have been running since 1991, recognise alumni who have demonstrated proven leadership skills and notable achievements in business, whether in Ireland or abroad.
Speaking of this year’s winners, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business, said, “For more than 100 years, we have led the way in educating future business leaders many of whom have gone on to have transformative careers in business in Ireland and abroad. UCD Quinn and Smurfit have been proudly honouring and celebrating the outstanding achievements of our graduates for over 25 years, since the inception of the ‘Alumni of the Year’ awards in 1991. We are delighted this year to be celebrating the achievements of two exceptional alumni, Rory Byrne and Stephen Kavanagh as ‘Alumni of the Year 2017’. Both have vast business experience and are passionate about the food produce and aviation sectors respectively. Both Rory and Stephen have each demonstrated extraordinary leadership within their organisations and are exemplars of internationalisation from and for Ireland. The characteristics which they exemplify continue to inspire future business leaders and students. We at UCD Quinn and Smurfit Schools are enormously proud of their achievements which we are pleased to celebrate through these awards, and we wish them continued success in their careers.”
The Alumni of the Year Awards Dinner 2017 is sponsored by ICON Plc and all profits raised will be donated to the UCD College of Business Scholarship Fund, supporting the next generation of business leaders.