Business Person of the Month November 2020: Brendan McAtamney, CEO of UDG Healthcare

Business Person of the Month | Tue 1 Dec | Author – Business & Finance
Pictured: Brendan McAtamney, CEO of UDG Healthcare

Brendan McAtamney is the Chief Executive Officer of UDG Healthcare, and is our Business Person of the Month for November 2020.

UDG Healthcare announced this week that its profits have risen by 7%. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer, Brendan McAtamney, the Dublin-based global company specialising in healthcare advisory, communications, commercial, clinical and packaging services company has emerged from the coronavirus pandemic in a strong position.

The Group is organised and managed across two divisions and employs 9,000 people in 29 countries. Approximately one third of the Group’s staff are deemed essential frontline workers and the company will seek to secure Covid-19 vaccinations for its staff as quickly as possible.  Although the company was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, it says:

‘The Group’s resilience business model leaves UDG Healthcare well-positioned for continued future growth.’

Brendan was appointed Group CEO in February 2016, taking over the role from previous CEO Liam Fitzgerald. Brendan had served as the Group’s Chief Operating Officer since 2013.

The company made six acquisitions in 2017, worth a total of €230 million and in 2018, they acquired two US companies to complement their existing offering and to further their strategy of growing their presence in the US market. The acquisitions were a healthcare creative communications agency, Create NYC, and a strategic consulting and analytics business, SmartAnalyst.

Before joining UDG Healthcare, Brendan held various senior management positions with Abbott, latterly as Vice President Commercial and Corporate Officer within the Established Pharmaceuticals division. Brendan is a non-executive director of Scapa Group plc. He studied a Bsc in National University of Ireland Maynooth and earned an MBA at University College Dublin.

Business & Finance, Business Person of the Month

Business Person the MonthBusiness & Finance, in association with KPMG, rewards excellence in business through the ‘Business Person of the Month’ 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.