Yesterday evening we held the Ibec President’s Broadcast and announced Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director for Accenture in Ireland, as Ibec’s new President for 2020 to 2021.
In his speech, Alastair spoke about his firm belief that building and supporting Ireland’s greatest asset – our people and our talent – will help reduce unemployment and provide strong opportunities for people. He said that we need businesses to be aware of the particular challenges facing young people in this crisis and to identify ways to support work experience, job creation, learning and mentoring.
He concluded that “Looking forward, success will be defined by the quality of our infrastructure, our ability to innovate at speed, having a world class education system, and enhancing the quality of life in this country and protecting our environment.”
I speak for everyone at Ibec when I say we share his vision and look forward to working with him in the months ahead. A recording of the event is available here.
We also held our annual Ibec National Council and AGM yesterday. I am delighted to welcome two new members to our board Kari Daniels, CEO, Tesco Ireland and Imelda Hurley, CEO, Coillte. These business leaders both bring a wealth of cross-sectoral knowledge and expertise to our organisation. Following these appointments, the Ibec Board is now made up of 42% female members.
As you will be aware, on Monday morning at 9am as part of our Brexit & Future EU campaign, Ibec will be hosting a virtual event with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, to discuss the key Brexit issues for business. You can register your attendance and submit questions for consideration in advance of the virtual event here.
Lastly, next Friday the 2nd of October we will be hosting what promises to be a fascinating conversation between Minister for Finance and President of the Eurogroup Paschal Donohoe and European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager. You can register to attend that event here.