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Ireland INC to host fourth-annual Ireland Day at NYSE

By Business & Finance
11 March 2014
Bell ring 2013, NYSE
Pictured: Attendees at Ireland Day New York 2013.

Ireland Day New York returns to NYSE for the fourth consecutive year this Friday, March 14th, adding a vital business focus to annual St Patrick’s Day observances.

Global business leaders, tech innovators, financial thought-leaders, media notables, government officials and more will gather for the one-day international business summit to engage on vital topics and participate in a leading networking platform for business interests worldwide, discussing and debating business issues under the ‘Ireland INC’ brand.

The summit hosts more than 300 executives from leading international firms, including Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms, entrepreneurial start-ups, market makers, policy makers and financial & life sciences organisations from the US, Ireland and around the world.

“The mission of Ireland INC is to develop the next generation of Irish leadership globally, strengthen business connections and advance economic development between Ireland and the world,” Ireland INC founder, Ian Hyland said. “Ireland Day in New York is one of the most important business initiatives undertaken by Ireland INC, or really any private entity, to promote business interests of the global Irish.”

The first formal discussion of the day, ‘Ireland and The World’, features panellists Dr Martin McAleese, chancellor of DCU; Paddy Cosgrave, founder of The Summit and F.ounders; Mark Little, CEO, Storyful; Paraic Duffy, director general, GAA; Grainne Barron, founder and CEO, Viddyad; Jason Richelson, founder and CEO, Shopkeep POS; and moderator John Lee, of John Lee MEDIA and TallGrass Public Relations.

Following a ‘Fireside Conversation’ with Marcus Segal, former COO of Game Studio Operations, Zynga and Spencer Reiss, contributing editor, Wired magazine, the focus shifts to ‘Investing in Ireland’ led by Martin Dickson, US managing editor, Financial Times with panellists Joan Burton TD, Minister for Social Protection; Wilbur L. Ross, CEO, WL Ross & Co. LLC; Eileen Murray, co-president and co-COO, Bridgewater Associates; Joseph Papa, CEO, Perrigo Company; Peter Collins, managing director, Kennedy Wilson Europe; Susan Davis, CEO and founder, Susan Davis International; Emer Gilvarry, managing partner, Mason Hayes & Curran.

During the Ireland Day Luncheon actor Liam Neeson, honorary chairman of Irish Arts Center, will accept an award on the IAC’s behalf, and Dr Martin McAleese will be honored for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Brand Ireland’.

Ireland Day New York 2014 will conclude when key participants gather on the balcony over the floor of the NYSE at 4pm to ring the NYSE Closing Bell.