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CEO Club Will Hold Global Forum in Dublin Next Fall


By Sean Hennessey | Chronicle Staff

Published: Dec. 3, 2015

The Boston College Chief Executives Club is going global.

Warren Zola, the club’s executive director, announced Tuesday that it will sponsor the inaugural Boston College Chief Executives Club Global Forum in Dublin on Sept. 2, 2016. The forum will be part of the events surrounding the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, which will feature the Boston College-Georgia Tech game.

“Both Boston College and the City of Boston have deep roots in Ireland,” said Zola. “Given the history and tradition, it seems only natural to re-engage these two communities, and to do so by strengthening those business communities.”

The forum will include a panel discussion on a relevant issue of the day, such as the use of technology in developing a global economy. Past CEO Club speakers will join current members in an audience of prominent business leaders from Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is also expected to be in attendance.

For the 23-year-old club, already established as the leading speaking forum in the country, the Dublin event signals a further shift to the global stage, and an opportunity to extend its brand.

“Boston College began as a small commuter school for Irish immigrants, and today is recognized as a leading global university,” said Zola. “Likewise, the Boston College Chief Executives Club is growing from the country’s premier speaking forum to one recognized on the global stage. I am thrilled to take advantage of this incredible opportunity on behalf of our members, and to continue to promote the prestige of the Carroll School of Management.”

Neil Naughton, chairman of the Irish Steering Committee and deputy chairman of the Glen Dimplex Group, noted that Irish sponsors of the game see the Aer Lingus Football Classic as a means to develop connections and relationships between the Irish and New England business communities. In this setting, he said, “the Boston College Chief Executives Club luncheon will be eagerly anticipated by the business community in Ireland.”