Watch Now: ICON wins ‘Company of the Year’ at the Business & Finance Awards 2021

Business & Finance Awards, Video | Mon 27 Jun | Author – Business & Finance
Pic: Steve Cutler, ICON, winner of Company of the Year, speaks after receiving the award. Photo Credit: Andres Poveda

The Business & Finance Awards, in association with KPMG Ireland, celebrated a ‘New Era of Excellence’ at Dublin’s Convention Centre on 12th April, with 1,000 of Ireland’s business, political and social leaders in attendance at the celebrations.


The Business & Finance Awards, in association with KPMG Ireland, celebrated a ‘New Era of Excellence’ at Dublin’s Convention Centre on 12th April, with 1,000 of Ireland’s business, political and social leaders in attendance at the celebrations.

ICON walked away winners of the prestigious Company of the Year Award. Steve Cutler, CEO, ICON appreciated the award and thanked Business & Finance and KPMG for recognising ICON’s achievements, as well as paying tribute to the eight other nominees for the award. He shared an anecdote as he accept the award:

I reflected a little bit, in that I had played rugby against an Irish team about thirty years ago… Over the last twenty years, or the last ten years, I have been with an Irish team in ICON, the guys down there on table seventy four. And I can absolutely tell you, it’s a lot more fun playing with an Irish team than it is playing against one.

Culter gave further insight into ICON as a company along with his thoughts on winning the award in our Executive Insights series, the interview of which can be found here.

Established in 1990 by Dr John Climax and Dr Ronan Lambe, ICON’s mission has been to accelerate the development of drugs and devices with save lives and improve quality of life. They employ over 1,000 people in the Republic alone and are a global provider of consulting, and outsourced development and commercialisation services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and government and public health organisations.

The awards were the first to be hosted in person since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in which Delta won Company of the Year. The night was a huge success with several familiar faces in attendance such as former Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The Business & Finance Awards celebrated its 47th year this year.

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.

If your company wishes to be involved in the 2022 Business & Finance Awards, please get in touch with Brian.Kearns@businessandfinance.com.

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