President's message

It is a real honour to be selected as the latest President of Ibec. To my predecessor Pat McCann, I thank you for your commitment to this distinguished role over the past 12 months and I very much look forward to the year ahead. 

The double uncertainties of Brexit and Covid 19 will continue to place huge focus on the need for government intervention, both policy and fiscal, in the months ahead. Yet it also affords great opportunities to reboot and reimagine our economy and society. 

Looking ahead to the future will be characterised by how we get back to a better Ireland – working with stakeholders, jobs, education, and creating the skills to succeed. It is a time to work together, business, government, all stakeholders in our community, to invest in our collective future and reimagine our role and ambition in the world that is ahead, while also managing the here and now. 
We need to embrace change as willingly as ever and innovate in everything we do. 

Over the next 12 months, I look forward to working with Danny McCoy and the team at Ibec to achieve these goals, and build on Ibec’s position as Ireland’s largest and most influential lobby organisation.

 
President Alastair Blair full speech pdf | 156.5 kb

Webinar / New President's Broadcast

Ibec’s most prestigious event, the President’s Broadcast celebrates the annual handover of the Ibec Presidency. This year, we will marked the outgoing Ibec President, Pat McCann, CEO, Dalata Hotel Group and welcomed in the new Ibec President, Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director, Accenture Ireland. We were delighted that An Taoiseach was able to mark the occasion and also deliver an address. Given the current circumstances the event was run virtually and broadcast live to our members. If you missed the broadcast you can watch the playback here

 

Alastair Blair - Biography

Alastair Blair is country managing director for Accenture in Ireland. A senior managing director in the company, he also sits on the UK and Ireland Leadership Team. In his role, Alastair has overall responsibility for the growth and success of Accenture’s business in Ireland. Accenture has been operating in Ireland for over 50 years and is a major local employer with approximately 4,500 people serving clients across multiple industries.  Ireland is home to The Dock, Accenture’s flagship R&D and Global Innovation Centre based in Dublin, as well as Accenture’s Corporate Services Hub which services the firm’s internal operations globally.

Alastair joined Accenture in 1987 and, during his career, has held a number of senior roles with a particular focus on the financial services sector. He has extensive knowledge of business strategy and driving organisational change through innovation and agility and has worked with many major organisations in the UK, Ireland and the Middle East & Europe on a broad range of strategic and innovation led change initiatives. 

Alastair serves as President of IBEC, a role he took up in September 2020. He is a board member of Business to Arts and chairs the Agri-Food Inclusion and Diversity Council.  Alastair previously chaired the Worker of the Future Leaders Group for Business in the Community Ireland – a group which Accenture continues to actively support.  He is committed to leveraging Accenture’s capabilities & skills to have a positive impact on the broader economy in Ireland. He is passionate about Ireland’s talent agenda and in particular ensuring the country’s youth are well equipped and digital ready for future jobs through a highly adaptable education system. 

Alastair is a strong believer in the value of inclusion and diversity and in driving a culture of equality, where a person can bring their whole self into the workplace.  He is instrumental in driving Accenture’s goal of a 50:50 gender balanced workforce by 2025. 

Alastair is also sponsor of Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship programme, which he drives with great passion given the vital nature of this area which is increasingly front and centre for Accenture and its clients.  Accenture is proud to have received Business in the Community’s Business Working Responsibly mark for the 4th time in 2019 underscoring our commitment to sustainability to our employees, clients and suppliers.

Alastair holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin. He is married to Leslie and they have three children. He is an avid sports fan and he enjoys travelling and listening to music in his spare time.