Chamber honour for Voxpro founders

Chamber honour for Voxpro founders

Dan and Linda Kiely Voxpro, to be honoured by Cork Chamber with the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Business Award at their Dublin Dinner on Tuesday. Picture: David Keane

THE co-founders of Voxpro - one of Cork’s largest employers - have been honoured with the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Business Award’ for 2017.

Cork Chamber has announced that Dan and Linda Kiely will receive the award at the Cork Chamber Dublin Dinner.

Voxpro is one of Cork’s greatest business success stories after growing from just six employees in 2002 to 2,700 in 2017.

Voxpro was recently acquired for an estimated $150 million, by Canadian outsourcing firm TELUS International.

The company that Dan and Linda founded in a room above a pub in Cork City is now Ireland’s largest international provider of customer experience, technical support and sales operations.

Voxpro partners with global tech giants such as Google and Airbnb and has offices in Dublin; Folsom, CA and Athens GA in the US, and also Bucharest and Manila.

Despite the company’s stellar growth its headquarter remains in Cork, a fact both Dan and Linda take great pride in.

Bill O’Connell, President of Cork Chamber, said of the announcement: “Voxpro are long-standing members of Cork Chamber and also previous recipients of the Cork Company of the Year Award. Dan and Linda are deserving of this award not just for their many business achievements but also because they are fantastic ambassadors for Ireland and the Cork region in particular.

“Growing our indigenous businesses is a priority and through their success with Voxpro Dan and Linda illustrate, in a way that a report or promotional campaign never could, that it is possible for a world-class company to grow and prosper from a base in Ireland.”

Speaking after the announcement Dan Kiely said: “Linda and I are hugely honoured to be chosen to receive this award from Cork Chamber. Our dream for Voxpro was to make it the first Irish outsourcing company to go global and we believed that with ambition and hard work we could make that happen. We have been in business in Cork for over two decades and as the company began to expand rapidly in recent years we were committed to achieving that dream from a headquarters in our home city of Cork.”

Linda added, “Both Dan and I love working in Cork and in Ireland so there was never a question of moving the business once it started to grow. We have seen through our offices in both Dublin and Cork that Ireland has all the ingredients needed for companies like ours to thrive and that’s the message we have been delivering abroad for years.”

The ‘Outstanding Achievement in Business Award’ will be presented to Dan and Linda Kiely at Cork Chamber’s Dublin Dinner on Tuesday in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.

This is the seventh year the award has been presented at the black-tie event and Dan and Linda will join a distinguished group with previous recipients including Sean O’Driscoll of Glen Dimplex Group; Leslie Buckley of INM, Digicel and Saongroup; Brian McCarthy of Fexco; Darina Allen of Ballymaloe; Hugh Mackeown of Musgrave Group and Dick Lehane of EMC.

Cork Chamber will once again partner with EY for this popular annual event and John Higgins, Partner EY, commented on the award announcement saying: “I would like to congratulate both Dan and Linda who are very worthy recipients of this prestigious award. 

EY have partnered with Cork Chamber on the Dublin Dinner for several years and at its core the dinner is about strengthening connections between the Dublin and Cork business communities as we work towards the common goal of protecting the future growth and prosperity of the Irish economy. 

With their offices in both Dublin and Cork, Voxpro are leveraging the combined strengths of both city regions and showcasing Ireland as a viable home for global companies.”

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