Co Antrim Kainos chief executive Brendan Mooney named EY Entrepreneur of the Year
Co Antrim man Brendan Mooney - chief executive of Belfast tech firm Kainos - has been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
Mr Mooney joined Belfast-based Kainos back in 1989, when it employed little more than a dozen members of staff.
It's now one of only three Northern Ireland businesses to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Belfast IT giant Kainos says it will grow its workforce to 1,000 staff this year, as the company posted pre-tax profits of £14.3m during the firm's first full year as a listed company.
Kainos, which also has offices in Londonderry and Dublin, had revenue of £76.6m for the year to March 2016.
Speaking at the awards gala in Dublin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: "We pride ourselves on being a small but open country for doing business. These 24 finalists exemplify the very best talent that Ireland has to offer, competing on a global stage with some of the world’s biggest and most innovative companies. Entrepreneurship is one of the driving forces behind Ireland’s continued economic prosperity, and makes a real difference in local communities across Ireland. It can provide people with options to stay and develop real careers in their localities and counties while at the same time winning business both at home in Ireland and abroad. I want to congratulate Kainos, Green Property and NewsWhip on winning each award.”
Anne Heraty, Chairperson of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Judging Panel said:
“The quality of the final 24 outstanding entrepreneurs made the task of the judges extremely difficult. Whether in emerging, industry or international categories, each of the finalists demonstrated a tenacity and a passion to drive real change and find better and smarter ways to solve complex problems. After a rigorous judging process, Kainos emerged as the overall winner of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016. Brendan Mooney is an inspirational leader who has grown Kainos from 12 employees to a global business employing almost 1,000 people today. With a clear vison he has positioned the company as a leader in digital technology supporting over 150 customers globally.”
In addition to being selected as the overall winner of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year for 2016, Brendan Mooney was also named EY International Entrepreneur Of The Year.