Allyson Gormley is the Global Operations Director of esports Production at Riot Games, and one of the highest ranking women in the rapidly developing world of esports.
She first appeared on this list last year on the basis of what she was about to deliver in terms of Riot Games Global esports Production Facility in Dublin as part of a ‘follow-the-sun’ model for the eSports giant.
That came to be on time, on budget, and with a degree of technical infrastructure that would not be out of place at the HQ of CNN or the BBC.
She stepped up into the new role in September as a result of that success and is now putting in place similar models in Seattle and South East Asia.
She has risen through the ranks having joined Riot Games in 2013 having started her career as Executive Assistant to John Treacy as CEO of the Irish Sports Council (Sport Ireland) between 2006 and 2009.
This is the tenth edition of our Sport for Business listing of 50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport.
We are proud to do so again this year with AIG, an organisation that has pledged its commitment to equality in its partnerships with Gaelic Games, Tennis, Golf and more, for whom “Effort is Equal” and with whom we have ambitious plans to extend the reach of this annual celebration of the Women who are making a difference.
This year’s list will be drawn as before from the worlds of leadership, partnership, storytelling, and performance.
We began this journey in 2013 when challenged that we would never be able to produce a list of twenty Influential Women in Irish Sport. The 20 stretched to 30, then 40 and 50 and it still does not do justice to the talent that is out there.
This year once more, to keep things fresh we will introduce at least 30 percent of fresh names from last year. That will be the hardest part to have some names replaced but if it was too easy it would be of less value.
The list we will continue to build over the coming weeks is a snapshot of those women who are making a mark on how sport is played, consumed, grown and delivered.
They are part of making the role of women in sport unexceptional by being exceptional in what they do.