What do these 3 successful career professionals – Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce, Irish Times Managing Director Liam Kavanagh and Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott – have in common?
They are all graduates of Dublin Institute of Technology, soon to be renamed Technological University Dublin. DIT is one of the 3 technological institutes that formed the first technological university in Ireland under the Technological Universities Act wherein four new universities will be created as part of Ireland’s National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030.
Dublin Institute of Technology has an international network of graduates that are based in 70 countries around the world. Here are 3 of the notable ones that have impacted global businesses across various industries.
Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce
Alan Joyce finished his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science (Physics and Mathematics) with honours. He was originally from Tallaght, a suburb of Dublin but is now based in Sydney, Australia. His mum was a cleaner and his dad a tobacco factory worker but he and his 3 siblings all attended university.
Among his notable commendations was being named a Companion of the Order of Australia – Australia’s highest civil honour – in the 2017 Queen’s birthday honours’ list for “eminent service to the aviation transport industry, to the development of national and international tourism sectors, to gender equity, inclusion and diversity, and to the community, particularly as a supporter of indigenous education.”
Qantas today has become one of the most profitable airlines in the world and operates a significant number of domestic hubs in key Australian cities and international flights into and out of Singapore, New Zealand, United States and United Kingdom. Qantas also owns budget airline Jetstar, Jetconnect, QantasLink and QantasFreight.
Irish Times Managing Director Liam Kavanagh
Liam Kavanagh has a long running career with the Irish Times for over 18 years first as finance director and company secretary from 2000 to 2006 and deputy managing director from 2006 to 2010. He then rose up to become managing director from March 2010 to present. He serves on the management committee of the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI).
He previously chaired the Green Press Partnership, an industry body formed by publishers and of related businesses interested in the sustainability of their operations and ways of embracing sustainable developments within their business. He is also the Irish representative on the board of the World Association of Newspapers and a member of the European Board of International News Media Association.
Intel Ireland GM Eamonn Sinnott
Eamonn Sinnott studied at Dublin Institute of Technology from 1982-86 and completed his Honours Diploma in Applied Science, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. He got his PhD Honoris Causa in 2015.
He currently holds the position of Intel’s VP for the Technology and Manufacturing Group and General Manager of Intel Ireland. Eamonn describes his profile in LinkedIn as “passionate about the intersection of creativity and science.” Eamonn is a member of both the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and the Irish Business and Employers Association.
Mr Sinnott received the 2017 Outstanding Contribution to Business Award for the contribution Intel has made since it first located in Ireland in 1989, employing 4,900 people directly and contributing €921 million to the economy annually.