The countdown is on for the next instalment in our Women Who Mean Business Series. With a panel line up of 3 top business women, we look forward to hearing their insights and stories from their journeys to success. Continue reading to learn about our panellist’s background and experience.
Co-founder and Director, Voxpro – powered by TELUS International
Co-founder of Voxpro, Linda Kiely is a strategic, award-winning business woman with considerable talent and reckoning. Queen of reinvention, Linda’s astute commercial sense recognises potential, in both people and opportunities. Her adaptability and diversity turns this potential into certain success. Linda has fostered a chameleon-like culture within Voxpro and it is this culture that has forged long lasting partnerships with the world’s greatest brands. At the heart of Linda’s formidable entrepreneurialism is her fundamental belief in the art of Customer Service. Driving Voxpro upwards from 6 to 5,000+ teammates globally, the value placed on delighting customers has remained a fixed focus. Measured, creative and intuitive, Linda’s strategic directorship advances Voxpro toward new transformations with firm client-centric values.
Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank Ireland
Nicola’s global and diverse experience in risk management has provided her with strong cross-cultural leadership skills and a collaborative, customer-focused approach to business.
Nicola completed a Master of Arts degree in Economics and Finance at the National University of Ireland Maynooth in 2000.
Nicola started her career in educational services, before entering the risk management business in 2004 at the Bank of Scotland (Ireland), where she had oversight of Market Risk and Asset Liability Management. Nicola joined Scotiabank in 2009 in Toronto as Senior Manager, Liquidity Risk, in Global Risk Management and was soon after promoted to Director, Liquidity Risk. In this role, Nicola was accountable for developing the Bank’s Global Liquidity Risk Framework. Nicola also proposed best practices and analytical techniques to use in measuring Liquidity Risk and provided global, Bank-wide, advice and counsel.
In January 2014, Nicola was promoted to Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, Asia Pacific and relocated to Singapore. Nicola was responsible for the overall efficient and effective management, monitoring and reporting of all risks to Scotiabank’s Asia Pacific operations (Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, India, and China), including subsidiaries. Her mandate spanned credit, market, liquidity and all other enterprise risks. Nicola was an active member of Risk, Compliance and Executive Committees throughout the Asia Pacific region.
In May 2018, Nicola was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank Ireland and relocated to Dublin. In this role Nicola provides strategic direction, leadership and oversight for Banking, Treasury and Capital Markets activities as well as all risk, control and support functions ensuring business strategies, plans and initiatives are supported in compliance with governing regulations, internal policies and procedures.
Since joining Scotiabank nine years ago, Nicola has proven to be a sound leader who embodies Scotiabank’s corporate values of respect, passion, integrity, accountability and curiosity. She is a champion of change, leads by example and is committed to diversity and inclusion across the Bank. In 2016 Nicola established and chaired the Asia Diversity & Inclusion Committee and plans to establish the same in Ireland. Notably, Scotiabank Ireland was recently invited to join the 30% Club Ireland. Her consistent superior performance and results-oriented attitude make her a key contributor to the Bank’s success and a future leader.
Caroline Keeling is the CEO of Keelings. Keelings is a 100% Irish-owned family business which started producing fruits and salads on their farm in the 1930’s supplying produce to local Dublin markets. Keelings are focused on growing and sourcing the best fresh produce from around the world.
The Company has expanded to its current size with 4 divisions – Keelings Retail, Keelings Select, Keelings International and Keelings Knowledge. Keelings is headquartered in FoodCentral, Co. Dublin, Ireland but has operations in Ireland, the UK, Europe, South & Central America and Asia. Keelings employs over 2,000 people.
Keelings launched its branded range of produce into stores in 2010 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. Kantar Worldpanel recently disclosed the Top 100 FMCG brands in Ireland, ranking Keelings at #15 this year. As well as the standard range of punnets, the brand has also released a number of innovative products including the family platter, the twin pack and the Snack Pot range.
As well as fresh produce, Keelings has developed produce-specific ERP software solutions, consultancy and management services. Keelings Knowledge supplies a suite of software and services that provides industry focused solutions in procurement, stock management, warehouse and production planning & management, as well as sales and quality assurance.
Caroline has a BSc (Chem) & MSc in Food Science which she obtained from University College Dublin (UCD). Caroline started her career with Green Isle Foods, going on to join Keelings as Technical Manager in 1994. Caroline is a Board Member of Bord Bia, the National Maternity Hospital, The Ifrah Foundation, Valid Nutrition and SEI. She is Chair of the Consumer Foods Board of Bord Bia, the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee, and a member of the Export Trade Council.
Sports Presenter, RTE
Jacqui Hurley has presented Sunday Sport on RTE Radio 1 for over 10 years. She became the first female anchor of the show in its history.
She recently anchored the World Cup coverage on RTE television and is a regular presenter of the sports news on RTE News bulletins. She has covered two Olympic Games for RTE Sport.
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