Glanbia leader among ‘most powerful women’

Glanbia group finance director Siobhan Talbot has been recognised as one of Ireland’s “most powerful women.”

Glanbia group finance director Siobhan Talbot has been recognised as one of Ireland’s “most powerful women.”

Ms Talbot received the HSBC Corporate Executives Award at the inaugural WXN Awards presented by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and HSBC Ireland on Thursday.

Research was conducted across five categories to identify Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Award Winners. The selection criteria identified the women who hold the most senior positions in Ireland’s largest publicly traded companies on the ISEQ by annual turnover or Ireland’s largest companies, by number of employees and turnover in Ireland. The winners hold a position at director level or higher or report directly to the CEO/managing director.

Ms Talbot’s citation was delivered by Alan Duffy, head of HSBC Corporate Banking and Ireland, who said she was an inspiration to her peers, colleagues, family and friends.

“Apart from becoming the first female group finance director at Glanbia in July 2009, Siobhan is also a breast cancer survivor” and is recognised as “an inspiring first lady in agri-business,” he said.

“While women are under-represented in some professional sectors, the winners of the Corporate Executives Award show that women are sitting at the boardroom table and they are doing so without fanfare,” said WXN founder Pamela Jeffery. “Many of our winners have not sought profile but were identified purely for their work and the role they play within some of Ireland’s largest companies.”