Shortlists announced for Business & Finance Awards 2020, in association with KPMG

Business & Finance Media Group is proud to announce the shortlists for the Business & Finance Awards 2020, in association with KPMG Ireland.

Business & Finance Media Group is proud to announce the shortlist for the Business & Finance Awards 2020, in association with KPMG Ireland. The five categories across the programme include the 2020 Company of the Year; Business Person of the Year; Elevation Award in association with Enterprise Ireland; FDI of the Year in association with IDA Ireland, and the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award. The DE&I Award is now in its second year, and was won by Bank of Ireland in its inaugural year.

Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG Ireland, spoke at the launch of the 2020 Business & Finance Awards Programme: “The Business & Finance Awards in association with KPMG, recognises great leaders, outstanding business people and high performing organisations. The past year has been incredibly challenging and the resilience of Irish business leaders has been remarkable and is to be commended. We’re very proud to be associated once again with these awards.”

Ian Hyland, publisher of Business & Finance, welcomed the launch of the Business & Finance Awards Programme, saying: “I’m delighted to continue the tradition of honouring the business leaders across the country and to celebrate the perseverance and innovation of the business community.”

The awards will take place on February 23rd 2021. To register to attend, visit the Business & Finance Awards website here.

Business & Finance, in association with KPMG, rewards excellence in business through the ‘Business Person of the Year’ award. This award seeks to recognise noteworthy achievements in business leadership, and, particularly, those that make a telling contribution to the wider business community in Ireland.

Here is our shortlist:

Brendan McAtamney, CEO,
UDG Healthcare

Carolan Lennon, CEO,

Cathal Friel, CEO,
Open Orphan

Cathal Friel, Open Orphan

David McCourt, CEO,
National Broadband Ireland

Harry Hughes, CEO,

Harry Hughes, Portwest

Joe Hogan, CEO,

Joe Hogan, Openet

John Power, CEO,

Margaret Sweeney, CEO,
Ires Reit

Margaret Sweeney, Ires Reit

Pat McDonagh, CEO,

Pat McDonagh, Supermacs

Peter Keeling, CEO,

Peter Keeling, Diaceutics

Sinead Fitzmaurice, CEO,
Transfermate Global Payments

Tina Kelly, CEO,
Staffline Recruitment Ireland

Tina McKenzie, Staffline Recruitment Ireland

Tommy Kelly, CEO,

Tommy Kelly, eShopWorld

Business & Finance, in association with KPMG, recognises excellence in business through the ‘Company of the Year’ award. The Company of the Year award recognises the company which best demonstrates outstanding business leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy, strong financial returns and employee development.

Companies eligible for Company of the Year are Irish-businesses operating out of or domicile in Ireland. Companies are judged on a number of entry criteria including performance, strategy, turnover, revenue and market share growth.

Here is our shortlist:

An Post

CPL Resources



First Derivatives


TransferMate Global Payments

UDG Healthcare

The Elevation Award was launched in 2018 in partnership with Enterprise Ireland. This award recognises Irish companies that are fast-growing and with significant potential to continue to scale globally, focused on Irish companies achieving up to €350m in revenue. The Award complements the well-established Company of the Year Award which recognises Irish companies above this revenue threshold.

Here is our shortlist:




Chanelle Pharma

Cubic Telecom




Now in its second year, the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award was established as part of the Business & Finance Awards programme to recognise a company with Irish operations that is at the forefront of improving the lives of its employees, while also enhancing the civic environment in which they operate.

The Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award will be awarded to a company that can demonstrate a holistic and long-term commitment to Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (D,E&I) within its culture.

Here is our shortlist:

Bank of America

Citi Ireland

Facebook Ireland

JP Morgan

Oracle Corporation

Vodafone Ireland

Business & Finance Awards

Business & Finance was launched in 1964 as Ireland’s first business magazine with the Awards programme established a decade later. The Business & Finance Awards is Ireland’s premier business awards programme and includes among its previous honorees outstanding leaders of our time across business, politics and wider society. This includes former United States President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, President Michael D. Higgins, former ECB President Mario Draghi, former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Senator George Mitchell, and Sir Bob Geldof, among others.