Business & Finance Awards

Nominations now open for the 2022 Business Person of the Year Award

By Business & Finance
22 August 2022
Pictured from left to right: Ian Hyland, President of Catalyst Media Group, Mark Roden, Founder and CEO of Ding, and Seamus Hand, Managing Partner of KPMG Ireland.

The Business Person of the Year Award honours people who have had a significant impact on Irish business. The BPOTY award is part of the renowned Business & Finance Awards recognition programme, in association with KPMG.

Since launching in 1974, the Business & Finance Awards programme has become Ireland’s longest-running and most coveted business awards programme. These prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of some of our most remarkable business leaders.

In association with KPMG Ireland, the Business Person of the Year Award recognises individuals who have demonstrated exceptional career achievements over the past year.

The 2021 winner was Mark Roden, Founder and CEO of Ding, a company that provides top-up and credit transfer services with 600,000 retail stores worldwide. Mr Roden recognised the significance of the people who contributed to Ding’s success:

“We had great luck and good fortune, and that starts with the 250 who are in Ding, and they have given so much of their lives to joining me and to really contributing to the success of Ding.”

Previous honourees

The prize was first awarded in 1974 to Mr Tom Roche, founder of Roadstone and one of the leading entrepreneurs of his generation. Vodafone Ireland CEO, Anne O’Leary, was the recipient of the award in 2019. She saw her win as a victory for women in business and diversity:

“We need to ensure that everybody feels welcome and included and that their views and values are respected. This is how organisations will encourage more leaders to emerge in the future.”

Business & Finance Awards December 2022

The Business and Finance Awards will take place on December 1st at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Registration is now open. Nominations can be made until September 21st.

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