Smurfit Kappa named Company of the Year at Business and Finance Awards 2013; award recognizes company that best demonstrates outstanding business leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy, strong financial returns and employee development

DUBLIN , December 23, 2013 (press release) – Smurfit Kappa was named Company of the Year at the Business and Finance Awards 2013 which took place in Dublin on the 12th December.

The ‘Company of the Year Award’ recognises the company which best demonstrates outstanding business leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy, strong financial returns and employee development.

For over 30 years, the Business & Finance Awards have been recognising excellence in Irish business and is the longest running and most coveted business awards program in Ireland. Past receipients of this prestigious award include Google, Ryanair and Microsoft.


The award reflects the views of business leaders and entrepreneurs throughout Ireland’s leading companies. The CEO’s of Ireland’s top 500 companies are approached for their nominations for the Company of the Year Award and a jury of their peers selects the winner.

Smurfit Kappa faced strong competition for the award from the other shortlisted companies which included Paddy Power, Glanbia, Aer Lingus, Eircom, Sky, Greencore and Intel to name a few.

The Business Person of the Year was John Moloney, the retiring CEO of Glanbia, who has recently joined the SKG plc Board as a non executive director.

Gary McGann, Chief Executive Officer comments “Being nominated by industry peers is very gratifying and we are delighted to be recognised as Company of the Year. We also congratulate our new Board colleague, John Moloney, on his prestigious award.”

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