E-commerce students identified as next-generation business leaders

17 Mar 2009

Three Dublin City University (DCU) students have been chosen by some of Ireland’s top business figures as the Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow for 2009.

The award, which is open to third-level graduates across the country, seeks to recognise, identify and foster the next generation of talent that will help in shaping the public, private and social landscape of Ireland in the coming years.

Mark Dolan, Alex Hampton and Joseph Gilmer, master’s students in electronic commerce in business, took home the specially commissioned trophy, and will tour Accenture sites in the US and India as part of their prize.

The award judges included Danuta Gray, CEO of O2 Ireland; Mark Ryan, country managing director of Accenture Ireland; Cathal Muckian, head of commercial banking with Bank of Ireland; Gina Quin, CEO of Dublin Chamber of Commerce; and Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland.

“We established the Leaders of Tomorrow awards with the express aim of investing in graduates to allow them to develop the tools and skills necessary for a life in business,” said Accenture’s Mark Ryan.

“All future business leaders must understand the importance of leadership skills to their success, and also seek to fully adhere to the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability for the well-being of all in society,” Ryan said.

The finalists in this year’s competition comprised of a mixture of groups and individuals drawn from Ireland’s third-level graduate community, with representatives from Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology and DCU.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years