Selected by the editors and directors of Image Publications, this is the second year that the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented; in 2014 the honour was awarded to Breege O’Donoghue, Group Director of Primark.
Mary Finan has spent her celebrated and extensive career working in communications. She is the former chair of the RTE Authority and one of the founding partners at Wilson Hartnell Public Relations, Ogilvy’s Irish public relations operation, and subsequently its chairman from 2003 to 2007. Since then she has been an independent non-executive director of a number of financial services companies and became the first female President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in 1996. In recent years, Mary Finan returned to Harvard to complete the Advanced Leadership Fellowship Programme for the calendar year 2012. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law Degree by the National University of Ireland in 2011.
Clodagh Edwards, CEO, Image Publications: “In all that she has achieved throughout her ongoing career, Mary Finan is a pioneer. She has never contemplated any form of glass ceiling in her ascent up the corporate and communictions ladder and is an inspiration to all women in business. At Image Publications, we’ve had a longstanding admiration for Mary, so we are delighted that she will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award on November 2.” The award will be presented to Mary Finan by Ann Reihill, director at Image Publications.
The ninth IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards, in association with Samsung, No7, Electric Ireland and Kuehne + Nagel, and supported by Enterprise Ireland, Marks & Spencer, Independent.ie and Newstalk, will celebrate Irish women in nine categories, along with the overall IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year award. The 2015 shortlist can be viewed here: tinyurl.com/n9q3mmx