Denis Brosnan is one of Ireland's leading and most respected business men. He was the founder, chief executive and, until 2003, chairman of Kerry Group Plc. Set up by a group of Kerry farmers in 1972, Kerry Group has become a global food and specialist ingredients Group worth more than €7bn, and employs over 25,000 people worldwide. Denis has contributed significantly to the development of the South West region, and to Ireland as a whole, through his innovative leadership at Kerry Group and beyond. His influence on Irish life includes his work establishing the Irish Horse Racing Authority in 1994 and his subsequent role in the development of the horseracing industry in Ireland. In terms of social responsibility, Denis Brosnan chaired the Limerick regeneration taskforce in the wake of the Dell job losses and worked with partners in the Shannon Consortium and in Limerick Institute of Technology to try and bring a jobs and growth stimulus to Limerick. Denis’s deeds and business practice have inspired many business people and entrepreneurs and have shown the way for many future generations to come. For his record of achievement, his tireless contribution to the wider community and his leadership skills Denis Brosnan is the 2014 recipient of the Irish Academy of Management’s Whitaker Award.