Ibec Business Leaders Conference

A Sustainable Future – Real and Virtual

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

The Convention Centre Dublin

Wrap up



Over 300 leaders of Irish industry gathered for a unique exploration of key themes and critical topics for the Irish economy.


In his speech Danny McCoy discussed a new trend of three cycles being experienced by the Irish economy. There are now three distinct business cycles involving traditional domestic sectors, indigenous and multinational exporters, and a new generation of intangible intensive, globally traded firms. To hear Danny McCoy’s speech in full, click here.



BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr looked at the political dynamics driving Brexit. He said that a significant element of those pushing Brexit were in favour of cutting employment and environmental standards to boost UK competitiveness, although they were reluctant to say this publicly. However, he questioned if such a position could command wider political, popular support post-Brexit. To hear Andrew Marr’s speech in full, click here.



Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM joined the Ibec podcast to discuss intangible assets, cybersecurity and diversity in the Defence forces, listen here.


International insight. Local perspective.

Meet our speakers

Informed, opinionated and ready for robust discussion. International commentators and business visionaries came together to explore what lies ahead for Irish business.


In 2019, business leaders and keynote speakers discussed the changing nature of the Irish business model and economy and our prospects into the future and how we can safe guard our economic success.

Media coverage from this flagship event below:

Last Word on Today FM

Interview with Danny – [Interview begins 01:50:45 into podcast]

RTE News website

Ibec calls for new savings scheme to be set up

The Irish Times

Brexit is Thatcherism 2.0, says BBC Broadcaster

Ibec calls for new SSIA scheme

The Irish Independent

Post-Brexit Britain will gun for Irish business

Employers back calls for new SSIA savings scheme in bid to stop economy overheating 

Economy facing growing risk from cyber crime

The Irish Examiner

Ibec calls for new SSIA

Ahead of the Curve

The Times Ireland

Call for savings scheme to future-proof economy

Plea to boost saving

The Daily Mail

Bring back the SSIA

A new SSIA scheme wouldn’t be fair or particularly wise… but it could buy Fine Gael another election


Companies in attendance

Amazon Web Services Ireland
Ampere Advisers
An Post
Ark Life Assurance
Australian Embassy
Avestus Capital Partners
Balcas Timber
Bidvest Services
Blenheim Milling & Consultancy
BNP Paribas
Bord Gais
Britvic Ireland
BT Ireland
Bunzl Irish Merchants
Business in the Community
ByrneWallace Solicitors
Cafco International
Cathx Ocean
Cavtat Group
CIÉ Group
Clear Channel Ireland
Compass Group Ireland
Construction Industry Federation
Cpl Resources plc
Cummins Group
Danone Early Life Nutrition
Davy Group
DB Service Centre
DeCare Operations
Dell Technologies
Design Partners
Dillon Eustace
DMG Media Ireland
Drury | Porter Novelli
Dublin City University
European Movement Ireland
Financial Services Ireland
FIRE1 Foundry
Flow Technology
Gem Plastics
Heidrick & Struggles
Home and Community Care Ireland
Horizon Pharma
ICON Clinical Research
IE Domain Registry
Indaver Ireland
Invest Northern Ireland
Irish Blood Transfusion Service
Irish Defence Forces
Irish Universities Association
Invest Northen Ireland
J.P. Morgan
John Paul Construction
John Sisk & Son
Keelings Limited
KSN Project Management
Leaders Mores
Mars Ireland
MERC Partners
Microsoft Ireland
Murdock Builders Merchants
News International
O'Brien Fine Foods
Ocarina Productions
Organisational Dynamics
Philip Lee
Powerscourt Group
Praesta Ireland
Premier Lotteries Ireland
Q4 Public Relations
RattleBerry Recruitment
Rehab Group
Shannon Group
Small Firms Association
Smurfit Kappa Ireland
Sodexo Ireland
Sports Surgery Clinic
Takeda Dunboyne Biologics
TE Connectivity
Technology Ireland
Telecommunications Industry Ireland
Tesco Ireland
The Children's Medical & Research Foundation
The Convention Centre Dublin
The Delta Group
The Electricity Association of Ireland
The Executive Institute
The Institute of Banking
The Ireland-U.S Council
The Irish Times
The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation
The Ronald McDonald House Charity Ireland
ThinScale Technology
Trilogy Technologies
Trinity College
UK Dept for International Trade
Uniphar plc
Trilogy Technologies
Virgin Media
Western Development Commission
Wilson Architecture
WorkMatters Consulting
Xerox Europe
Zevo Health



Opening and welcome


  • Matt Cooper, Broadcaster and Conference Moderator
  • Paraic Curtis, SVP and GM, TE Medical, TE Connectivity and Ibec President
  • Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec



Securing Ireland’s economic success

Ireland’s competitiveness is influenced by our quality of life and our ability to attract and retain staff. What needs to be addressed to secure our economic success?


Scene setting: Siobhán Masterson, Head of Corporate Affairs, Ibec


Panel discussion

  • Cecilia Ronan, Managing Director, Country Officer and CAO Citibank Europe Plc, Citi
  • Michael Beary, Country Manager and Director of HR, Amazon Web Services, Ireland
  • Ruth Curran, Managing Partner, MERC Partners
  • Siobhán Masterson, Head of Corporate Affairs, Ibec



The future of Europe

The UK’s new relationship with the world and the implications of wider geopolitical trends for Irish business.


Keynote: Andrew Marr, Broadcaster, Journalist and Political Commentator


Panel discussion

  • Andrew Marr, Broadcaster, Journalist and Political Commentator
  • Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec
  • Michael Jackson, Managing Partner, Matheson
  • Maeve McElwee, Director of Employer Relations, Ibec



Coffee and networking


The next phase of business sustainability

A showcase of how companies can transition to a more sustainable business model.


Scene setting: Karen O’Regan, Managing Director and Head of Strategy, Accenture


Panel discussion

  • Catherine O’Kelly, Managing Director, Bord Gáis Energy
  • David McRedmond, CEO, An Post
  • Jamie Rowles, Head of Investment, Sky Ocean Ventures
  • John Curran, Head of Sustainability, Musgrave
  • Karen O’Regan, Managing Director and Head of Strategy, Accenture



Safeguarding intangible assets

A cyber security attack would cause widespread disruption, reputational damage and compromise Ireland’s FDI. A critical issue not just for domestic considerations but also due to the number of MNCs located here.


Scene setting: Vice Admiral Mark Mellet DSM, Chief of Staff, Irish Defence Forces


Panel discussion

  • Vice Admiral Mark Mellet DSM, Chief of Staff, Irish Defence Forces
  • Tony Clarke, Head of Information Security, ICON Clinical Research
  • Edel Creely, Group Managing Director, Trilogy Technologies



Closing remarks


  • Paraic Curtis, President, Ibec and SVP & GM, TE Medical, TE Connectivity



Networking lunch