Sean McCool Inducted Into the All-Ireland Business Foundation Hall of Fame

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Sean McCool, Chairman of International Airlines Marketing Ltd selected for AIBF Hall of Fame Accreditation.

Sean McCool has the distinct honour of being the inaugural recipient of the Hall of Fame Accreditation.

The All-Ireland Business Foundation’s Hall of Fame Accreditation serves as a way to recognise distinguished members of the Irish Business community.

Those elected to membership into the Hall of Fame represent the highest achievement in their field, serving as models of what can be achieved and how.

Induction as a Laureate into the All-Ireland Business Foundation Hall of Fame is a lifetime achievement for individuals who have made a major, positive impact on Irish business as visionary business leaders with a strong commitment to the community. The Laureates will serve as inspirations to current and future generations.

Speaking on the selection of Sean Mc Cool for the Hall of Fame Accreditation, Kieran Ring, Deputy Chair on the Adjudication Board says, “The Accreditation Board of the All-Ireland Business Foundation is delighted to announce that it is to induct Mr Sean Mc Cool, Founder of International Airline Marketing Limited (IAM), to its Hall of Fame.”

“The Accolade is in recognition of Sean’s outstanding contribution to Irish Industry and Commerce over the seven decades of his career. In our opinion, the pioneering work undertaken by Sean in the development of the air-cargo sector has made an enormous contribution to the flow of cargo on and off the island, an infrastructure which has established Ireland as a major global export hub.”

I am delighted to have been selected for this lovely accolade and would like to issue my heartfelt congratulations to the other accredited companies and to the All-Ireland Business Foundation for its excellent work bringing business partners together, says Sean McCool.

Sean’s early career in the 1950s saw him penetrate the highly competitive international air cargo business, holding numerous senior positions including key roles in Seaboard World Airlines, Brinks, who he introduced to Ireland and Aer Lingus commercial cargo, where he was responsible for the establishment of the highly successful cargo operation in Ireland and Europe. Between 1960 and 1964, Sean participated as an Aer Lingus Executive on the Marketing Committee of the Confederation of Irish Industries.

Sean also established a number of companies in the Shannon Free Zone, including Shanex and South West Trading, entering the latter to joint venture with Minet Worldwide. In the 1980’s, Sean joined the board of Havelet Holdings, a Minet subsidiary.

Sean was nominated for President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Ireland on which he served on the National Executive.

In 1987, he assumed the position of Chairman at Ryanair Executive Jet Terminals. A year on, Sean went to South Africa as GM of Hudson Offshore Holdings, playing a key role in procuring one of the largest projects in the Southern Hemisphere at that time. In 1988-1989, on behalf of Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), he successfully negotiated with the Yemeni Government, a massive capital project to refurbish the Aden Refinery.

Sean is a founder member of the Irish Air Cargo Institute and the Irish Institute of Freight Forwarders (IIFA), where he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for service to industry. During his time with the IIFA, Sean played a crucial part in Ireland’s two successful bids to host the prestigious international FIATA Congress events in Dublin (in 1981 and 2016).

He is a former Council Member of FIATA, the Irish Exporters Association and a previous VP of the European Confederation of National Freight Forwarders’ Associations (C.L.E.C.A.T), a consultative body to the EU Commissioner of Transport.

Following his appointment as Honorary Trade Commissioner for the Republic of South Africa in Ireland, he established the Ireland South Africa Business Association in 1993 (at the time, one of the largest bi-lateral Business Associations in Ireland). Sean has also worked with various Government departments on projects relating to national and international transport strategy.

Sean Mc Cool is the Founder of International Airline Marketing Group (IAMG), which was established in 1989. It is Ireland’s largest air cargo general sales and service agent, responsible for over a quarter of all airfreight traffic from Ireland. Working on behalf of numerous world leading airlines such as American Airlines, Etihad Airways, Air Canada and All Nippon Airways, IAM forms the core of an expanding group, which includes cargo trucking, handling specialist training, product protection solutions and consultancy services.

As the official Irish cargo sales, marketing, reservations, and customer service office for all client carriers, IAM provides a vital local contact point for all Irish Freight Agents. Taking care of numerous reservations daily, IAM staff always work to ensure that all cargo booked moves as requested, on time and safely, to destinations around the world. In September 2005, IAM broke the 1 million kilo per month barrier for the first time. And to this day, IAM continues to break tonnage and revenue records on behalf of client airlines.

The All-Ireland Business Foundation is a national body which accredits best-in-class Irish businesses as Business All-Stars. The Foundation also oversees the All-Ireland Business Summit while promoting peer dialogue amongst our members on an ongoing basis.

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