Kieran McGowan, Kyran McLaughlin and Laurence Crowley in Elan/UCD announcement

The UCD McGowan and McLaughlin post-doctoral scholarships and the Laurence Crowley ‘Business of Biotechnology’ lecture series are part of Elan’s €3.17 million donation to the university to build capacity at the interface between business and science disciplines.

A director of Elan, and a director of Charles Schwab Worldwide Funds plc, Kieran McGowan (BComm 1973) was, until May 2012, Chairman of CRH, plc. From 1990 until his retirement in December 1998, he was Chief Executive of the Industrial Development Authority of Ireland. He is a former Chair of the UCD Governing Authority.

Kyran McLaughlin (BComm 1964 MBA 1971), Deputy chair at Davy, Ireland’s largest stockbroker firm, is a director of Elan and served as chairman from 2005 to 2011. He is also a director of Ryanair Holdings plc and is a director of a number of private companies.

Former partner in KPMG Stokes Kennedy Crowley Chartered Accountants, Laurence Crowley (BComm 1958) has served on many boards in Ireland. He is currently chair of PJ Carroll and Co Ltd, and of Realex Payments. He is also a director of Aer Lingus and of Bord Gais Eireann. He served as a director of Elan Corporation and as executive chairman of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He is former Governor of Bank of Ireland. He is a co-chairman of the North South Roundtable Group; chairman of ‘Gaisce – The President’s Award’, the Gate Theatre and The Middletown Centre for Autism. He is a Director of Economic and Social Research Institute and serves on the Advisory Board of the US-Ireland Alliance.

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