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Moy Park CEO launches Business Leaders Forum in Belfast

The Chief Executive one of the UK’s largest food companies, Moy Park said ‘opportunities are there to be seized for NI businesses.’ Janet McCollum was speaking at the regional launch in Belfast of a new all-Ireland Business Leaders Forum being set up by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Ireland (CIMA).

Janet, who is a CIMA Fellow, launched the forum to an audience of over 60 finance professionals and senior leaders. She outlined Moy Park’s impressive growth trajectory through the turbulent times of the financial crash to present day when it is now Northern Ireland’s largest private sector employer and part of the world’s second largest food business, JBS. Janet said: “The CIMA Business Leaders’ Forum creates a space for senior business professionals and CIMA members to come together to discuss and share views on current issues impacting the corporate environment. I am delighted to launch the Forum in Northern Ireland and I would encourage fellow members of CIMA as well as non-members to take part in future opportunities the forum presents.”

Also speaking was CIMA’s Global President, Myriam Madden, on the relevance of CIMA’s Global Chartered designation (CGMA) and its proposed joint venture with the American Institute of Professional Accountants which would create a combined organization of 600,000 members. She said that Moy Park was a case in point of the continual globalization of business and that the proposed joint venture would strengthen CIMA’s role in supporting CFO’s and CEO’s in today’s increasingly complex business trading environment.

The event was chaired by the recently appointed new Head of CIMA in Ireland, Roger Acton. Leo Crawford, CEO of the BWG Group which owns the SPAR, EUROSPAR, MACE, Londis and XL franchises spoke at the Cork regional launch and NAMA CEO Brendan McDonagh spoke at the Dublin launch. Further events are planned as the forum develops.   


L-R Moy Park CEO Janet McCollum helping to launch the CIMA Ireland Business Leaders Forum in Belfast recently with CIMA Worldwide President, Myriam Madden and Head of CIMA Ireland, Roger Acton.