The Irish Echo Index salutes 30 companies with operations on both sides of the Atlantic and last year it was dominated by financial services firms such as Citi and Bank of Ireland.
The 2009 listing, however, reflects the seismic changes in the economy and brings to the fore a raft of young agile companies such as Web International Reservations, Openet, H&K and Perfecseal that are writing a new chapter in Ireland’s business story.
And the annual Wall Street luncheon, sponsored by KPMG and Invest Northern Ireland, will also raise a glass to honorees from the U.S. and Ireland led by Robert R. Douglass, chairman of the Alliance for Downtown New York which has transformed Lower Manhattan since 9/11. Also receiving an accolade will be Mary Louise Mallick, first deputy comptroller of New York State, which recently announced a $30 million investment in Northern Ireland, Irish animal health company Bimeda and the three Irish-American businessmen who this year sold their Market Resource Partners company in Philadelphia to an Irish firm in a $20 million deal.
A special supplement showcasing this year’s Index 30 — which also numbers AON, State Street, and Allstate — and profiling our honorees is published with this week’s Irish Echo.