Women in Sport 2017 – Kelli O’Keefe

Sport for Business, in partnership with Liberty Insurance, is publishing our third annual list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Irish Sport.

This is not about Women’s sport, it is about the influence that women are wielding across all sport.  We will identify leaders on and off the field of play.  They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities on and off the field of play.  They will come from teams and individual sports, from sponsorship partners, from the media, from the administrative corridors of power and from places where influence may be subtle but no less powerful.


Kelli O’Keefe

Kelli O’Keefe is Managing Director at Teneo Sports, one of the most influential PR and sponsorship agencies in the country.

The company handles media and sponsorship affairs for a range of the biggest players in Irish sport including Vodafone and AIG.

A graduate of UCD’s Sports Management Degree course she cut her teeth as an intern working with the powerful IMG in London where she was most closely involved with US sprinter and broadcast personality Michael Johnson.

She returned to Ireland and took up a variety of roles within Pembroke which became PSG which became Teneo over recent years.

O’Keefe leads a fine team of professionals including Joanne O’Sullivan, Kieran McSweeney, Rob Pearson, Jennifer Kelly, Mallorie Ronan, Scott Graham, Sean O’Brien and Sinead Finnegan and is also a champion of bringing through young women in sport to give a potential career path too.  Irish Rugby International Sene Naoupu is currently working with the firm.

See the others in our list of the most Influential Women in Irish Sport including  Jennifer GleesonMary O’ConnorCarol McMahonDeirdre AsheSian GrayRoisin GlynnMichelle TannerGemma BellTracey KennedyKatie TaylorJoy NevilleNiamh O’DonoghueJoan O’FlynnLindsay PeatAnnalise MurphyDee ForbesEmma ByrneFiona CoghlanDr Una MayAnne O’LearyCora Staunton, Sarah Keane and Jessica Harrington.

In 2018 Sport for Business will host 20 events linking sport and business in ways that make a difference to how we all do such a great job, as well as producing our Daily News Digest covering the commercial world of Irish sport.

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