Anne O’Leary, Vodafone

As CEO of Vodafone Anne O’Leary leads one of Irish sport’s biggest backers.  In 2016 she was front and centre stage when the company and the IRFU announced a four-year deal that will run though to beyond next year’s Rugby World Cup.

She has long been an advocate of sport as a means to health and wellbeing and an active participant when Vodafone were the headline sponsor of Triathlon Ireland.

She still exercises every day, swims, runs and cycles and has been a strong supporter of the very visible connection that the brand team has forged with the rugby team through the #TeamOfUs campaigns.

Financial backing was always the bedrock of sponsorship agreements but in a world where content is now so ingrained in the best partnerships Vodafone and Irish Rugby have been strong to the fore.

Speaking to Sport for Business at the time of the sponsorship O’Leary said that she would willingly take on the Women’s team but that was not an option with Aon already in place.

She has transformed the culture of Vodafone to the point where women make up 63 percent at an executive level and 47 percent at management level in the company.

She is also currently serving as President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport 2018 is brought to you by Sport for Business in partnership with our friends at Liberty Insurance.

Over the coming weeks, we will identify more leaders on and off the field of play. They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities and what they have achieved. 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.

We want your voice in who the remainder should be. Who do you come across in your working life within sport, or in your position as an observer, that you feel deserves recognition.

Contact us today Quoting Women in Sport 2018 Nomination to let us know who you think should be joining us.

This year we will be inviting each of our nominated 50 to join us at our Annual Women in Sport Conference, hosted this year in the studios of RTÉ on Wednesday morning, December 5th.

We will be unveiling the line up of speakers we have joining us over the coming weeks and will make places available to book, initially for Sport for Business members, from Monday, October 17th.

We will also be publishing this year’s Women of Influence list, together with other interviews and content relating to the cause of promoting Women in Sport in a commemorative booklet.

If you would like to highlight the work your organisation is doing in this area as part of this project CONTACT US TODAY, Quoting Women in Sport 2019 Partnership and let’s talk about the options that are available.