Laois woman, Louise Phelan, wins national Businesswoman of the Year award

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Laois woman, Louise Phelan, wins national Businesswoman of the Year award

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A Laois woman has won the prestigious national Businesswoman of the Year award at the InBUSINESS Recognition Awards.

Louise Phelan hails from Rathdowney and is the Vice-President of Paypal.

The awards ceremony which was held at the Westin Hotel in Dublin on November 6 is in its sixth consecutive year.

On receiving the award, Lousie said that she hoped to inspire more women in business.

"I’m absolutely honoured to receive this award and I hope that my story inspires more women to push themselves forward for leadership opportunities," she said.

PayPal is an American company operating a worldwide online payments system, Louise is Vice-President. The company announced the appointment of Louise Phelan as Vice President, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Ireland, Middle East and Africa in September 2016.

In her role, Louise takes responsibility for growing revenue and customers for PayPal in more than 100 countries, including Ireland, across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

At the awards, Enterprise Ireland took home the State Body Award and Zurich Life received the award for Life Assurance & Pensions.

Speaking at the awards, John Donegan, Brand Director of SKODA Ireland, said: “When I look at the prestigious list of businesses here today I can relate to many of them and their excellent achievements. Success does not come easy.

"Innovation, investment, recruitment and the ability to adapt are fundamental to survival, let alone success."

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See a full list of categories and winners below.

InBUSINESS Recognition Awards Categories and Winners:

Company of the Year Dublin Port

Tourism Dublin Port

Life Assurance & Pensions Zurich Life

Business Man of the Year Dave Kirwan, Bord Gáis Energy

Business Broadband Virgin Media

Law Firm Eversheds Sutherland

Support to SME’s Bibby Financial

Business School University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School

Special Merit ESB for CSR

Businesswoman of the Year Louise Phelan, PayPal

Accountancy KPMG

Private Banking AIB Private Banking

Conference Venue Convention Centre Dublin

Executive Car Audi A6

Newcomer Eversheds Sutherland

e-Commerce PayPal

Energy Provider Bord Gáis Energy

Manufacturing Intel

State Body Enterprise Ireland

County Council Fingal County Council