Pat McCann Named Distinguished Business Leader at Irish Times Awards

Former Dalata Hotel Group Managing Director Pat McCann has been chosen as the recipient of the Distinguished Business Leader award at the fourth Irish Times Business Awards, held in association with Bank of Ireland.

Mr McCann stepped down as managing director of Dalata last year, having helped found the company 15 years ago and then listed it on the Dublin and London stock markets. During his tenure, he led Dalata in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crash and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hotel sector

Mr McCann spent 52 years in the hospitality industry, joining the Ryan Hotel chain in 1969 after school before joining the Jurys Group in 1989, later becoming managing director of Jurys Doyle, a position he left in 2006.

He was “heavily involved” in the creation of the Jurys Inn three star plus brand in Ireland and Britain. “It was a very exciting time. It was something very new and very different,” he told The Irish Times.

In 2007, he helped found the Dalata Group, which he floated on the stock exchange in 2014. Dalata is Ireland’s largest hotel group with 49 properties and around 11,000 rooms. It operates the popular Clayton and Maldron brands here and in Britain.

Investor and Director

Mr. McCann (70) remains actively involved in business as an investor and director in three technology start-ups. Among other roles, he is non-executive director of homebuilder Glenveagh Properties and vice-chairman of the National Maternity Hospital. “I have seven jobs now and it keeps me nice and busy,” he said.

Previous recipients of the award have been Sherry FitzGerald’s Mark FitzGerald, Breege O’Donoghue, a former senior Penneys/Primark executive, and aviation director Willie Walsh.

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