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IMI Awards Life Fellowship to Aongus Hegarty

All smiles as Aongus Hegarty receives his Life Fellowship from IMI. (From left to right: Richard Crowe, Julie Ryan, Aongus Hegarty, Colm Foster and Mary Buckley).


– Aongus Hegarty, EMEA President,Dell Technologies, awarded IMI Life Fellowship
– “It is a great honour and privilege to receive the life fellowship from the IMI””said Aongus Hegarty
– ‘An inspirational leader for thousands of people, both at home and abroad’ said Terrence O’Rourke, IMI Board Chairman

IMI today conferred Life Fellowship on Aongus Hegarty, EMEA President, Dell Technologies, for the contribution he has made to Irish business and society. The award was given during IMI’s graduation ceremony in front of a full house of recent IMI graduates and their families.

‘Life Fellowship is the highest honour bestowed by IMI and is a public recognition and celebration of those people who have made a significant contribution to the practice of management and business leadership’ said Terrence O’Rourke, IMI Board Chairman. ‘A Life Fellow is someone who has lived, practiced and worked to fulfil the mission of IMI. Aongus is an inspirational leader for thousands of people, both at home and abroad.’

Aongus Hegarty, a 20-year veteran of Dell Technologies, currently leads a team of 25,000 people serving customers across 120 countries as they enable businesses and organisations across the EMEA region to transform by embracing emerging technologies Aongus was recently recognised as one of the Top 10 Diversity Champions in the Economist Global Diversity List and is a member of the Balance for Better Business Review Group; an independent business-led Review Group established by the Government to improve gender balance in senior leadership in Ireland.

Since 2017, Aongus has been Chairman of the Executive Council for the American Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of the Special Olympics Ireland Council of Patrons.

“It is a great honour and privilege to receive the life fellowship from the IMI and join an illustrious list of IMI Fellows who are helping to transform the global business environment”, said Aongus Hegarty, EMEA President, Dell Technologies. “Throughout my time at Dell Technologies, I’ve continually sought out fresh ideas and perspectives that are needed to keep pace with change and to stay ahead of competitors. For me curiosity is key to successful leadership. By helping members of my team to think differently , we have developed an exciting culture of innovation that is helping to make digital transformation a reality for businesses and organisations across Europe.”

Aongus Hegarty with Simon Boucher, CEO of IMI before the Fellowship ceremony.

Aongus joins a prestigious list of business leaders and thinkers including T.K Whitaker, Peter Drucker, Peter Sutherland and Gillian Bowler to have been awarded Life Fellowship.

‘Life Fellowships gives us something to aim for – an exemplar to judge ourselves against’ said Simon Boucher, CEO of IMI. ‘Aongus has personified IMI’s mission to ‘inspire leadership performance’ throughout his career and we believe it’s appropriate to recognise his achievements, as he exhibits what we believe leadership should look like.’

Recent Life Fellowship recipients include:
– Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland
– Dr Phil Nolan, former Chairman of Ulster Bank
– Siobhán Talbot, Glanbia Group Managing Director
– Stan McCarthy, former Chief Executive at Kerry Group
– Helen Ryan, who was a major influence in Ireland’s growth as a medical device sector hub
– Dr Leisha Daly, Country Director of Janssen (part of Johnson & Johnson)
– Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Defence
– Sean Dorgan, who was Chief Executive of IDA Ireland for nine years

In 2019, IMI became the first in Ireland to break into the prestigious global top 50 in executive education rankings, as published by the Financial Times. This followed IMI becoming the highest new entrant on the European Business School Rankings and becoming the first in Ireland to be simultaneously listed on both the Customised and Open global rankings.