In a surprise development, the Irish Internet Association’s outgoing CEO Joan Mulvihill was named the recipient of the overall .IE Net Visionary Award 2016, by John Kennedy.
In what was an emotionally charged evening, and the last official occasion for Mulvihill as CEO of the organisation, the dynamic businesswoman was caught completely unawares.
After seven years, Joan Mulvihill is stepping down as the CEO of the Irish Internet Association (IIA).
Despite the strict schedule for the awards being adhered to without question, host for the evening Paul Hayes deviated with relish from the timetable and invited David Kerr, CEO of Bonkers.ie, to the stage.
Breaking with tradition and placing the overall Net Visionary Award winner announcement at the start of the evening, Kerr used Mulvihill’s “This Person” construct in his speech to sum up Mulvhill’s unique character and the dynamism she brought to the role of CEO.
Mulvihill was left almost speechless as Kerr extolled her “can-do” attitude and how she brought the IIA to an unprecedented level in terms of lobbying, government and media through campaigns such as Digitise the Nation.
Her recognition as overall Net Visionary Award winner 2016 received a standing ovation.
“One of the main reasons why the .IE Net Visionary Awards are so important is that it showcases our industry leaders, and it also lets other Irish businesses visualise the endless possibilities that the digital economy presents,” said David Curtin, CEO of the Irish Domain Registry (IEDR) and main sponsor of the awards.
“At IEDR, we would also like to recognise the contribution of Joan Mulvihill to the success of these awards over the years, and even more important, her contribution to the wider IIA and its vital work in promoting technology amongst all sectors of the Irish business community. Her work has been invaluable in driving on this objective and we wish her every success for the future.”