Pádraic Gilligan holds BA and MA degrees in Italian and English literature from University College Dublin and a post graduate diploma in Marketing from Boston College. Following a 13 year career in education, teaching at second and third levels, he started Delaney Marketing Consultants in 1994 with Patrick Delaney. In 2002 Delaney Marketing acquired Ovation and re-branded as Ovation Group. In June 2007 Ovation was acquired by Swiss based, MCI Group and commenced a robust global expansion programme which has seen the establishment of Ovation offices in over 20 European, Asia, Latin American and Middle Eastern destinations under the Ovation Global DMC brand.
With his partner Patrick Delaney, Gilligan is currently Vice President of Industry Relations at MCI and Vice President of MCI’s destination services division, Ovation Global DMC. They also run MCI’s Dublin office which employs over 40 staff. He has written and spoken all over the world on many aspects of meetings and incentives, regularly contributing to Site , MPI and other industry bodies. Areas of interest include Social Media, Branding, Service Marketing, Regulations in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Measurement and Return on Investment, Defining Value Proposition particularly in the DMC sector, the Business Case for Meetings and Events etc. His interests in these areas and in destinations in general are reflected in his blog which may be accessed on www.padraicino.wordpress.com
In 2004 he was elected to the International Board of the Site and served as international President of this global organisation in 2008. He has won many awards and was voted Industry Personality of the Year by Meetings.net for 2009. He sits on the Advisory Boards of IHG and Special Events magazine. Padraic is married to Rita Smyth and together they have 6 children ranging in age from 16 to 28. He is a passionate supporter of Arsenal Football Club, a performing singer-songwriter, walks 3 miles every day and recently became a grandfather.
Contact: Padraic Gilligan Padraic.email@example.com Tel +353 86 8113134