Dr. Anita Finnegan Named AIBF Inspiring Business Leader 2022

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Pictured above is Nova Leah CEO Dr. Anita Finnegan.

Dr. Anita Finnegan has been named Inspiring Business Leader Of The Year 2022 by The All-Ireland Business Foundation to mark International Women’s Day.

Dr. Finnegan is the CEO and Founder of Nova Leah, a world-leading cybersecurity solutions provider for medical device manufacturers.

Nova Leah is a direct output of Dr. Finnegan’s Lero-Supported PhD Research which saw her develop a methodology for securing connected medical devices.

Dr. Anita Finnegan has been recognised with Business All-Star Accreditation for her impact on the medical technology sector and for her conduct in the areas of trust, performance & customer-centricity.

Business All-Star Accreditation is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous selection criteria. The Accreditation is overseen by the prestigious All-Ireland Business Foundation, whose adjudication panel is chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.

Reacting to the announcement, Nova Leah CEO Dr. Anita Finnegan said:

I am delighted to be named Inspiring Business Leader Of The Year 2022 by the All-Ireland Business Foundation. It shows that my work with Nova Leah is having a positive impact and that’s something we are all very proud of. Business All-Star Accreditation is fantastic third party recognition of our work and it is invaluable social proof of our service. It communicates quality and distinguishes us as a market-leading brand that people want to work with.

Deputy Chair on the Adjudication Board Kieran Ring, said in support of the announcement: “To mark International Women’s Day, The All-Ireland Business Foundation has named Dr. Anita Finnegan of Nova Leah, Inspiring Business Leader Of The Year 2022. Nova Leah is a multi-award winning company based in Ireland with customers all over the world and its CEO and Founder Dr. Anita Finnegan has been recognised for her impact on the medical technology sector and for her conduct in the areas of trust, performance & customer-centricity. Dr. Anita Finnegan is hereby included in The AIBF Register of Irish Business Excellence.”


Pictured above: The Nova Leah team at work.

Managing Director of the All-Ireland Business Foundation Kapil Khanna said the accreditation, which is now held by over 500 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards but have nothing to measure them by.

He said: “We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors. We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience. The business goes through at least two interviews and is scored on every part of the process against set metrics.”

The All-Ireland Business Foundation (AIBF) is an autonomous national accreditation body tasked with enterprise development and the promotion of Best-in-Class in Irish business.

The Foundation actively engages and supports its network through peer dialogue, collaboration, mentoring and enterprise development activities. Companies are qualified for accreditation by completing an enterprise audit and are identified by their use of the AIBF’s Business All-Star Marque.

To learn more about Nova Leah, visit their All-Star showcase page here.