Will McKee (MSc, FCIM, FIOD) is one of Ireland’s most experienced board directors. His successful executive career has been complemented by non-executive roles as chairman or director of a number of leading international companies.
Will’s competence is derived from a strong marketing and commercial background with a rigorous business education as an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and regular participant at general programmes at HBS, Henley and IMD Lausanne.
The first ten years of Will’s working life from 1966 were spent as an international marketing executive in the textiles industry. He worked in the North American, Asian and European markets. Much of his business experience and knowledge has been directly applied to helping companies to trade internationally.
Will has hands-on experience of running international businesses in the following sectors: medical devices, food, engineering, giftware, business consulting, and fashion.
In July 2002, Will was awarded a Special Certificate from His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, in recognition of his outstanding personal achievement in business education and training.
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I have checked, and neither Nostradamus nor Old Moore has predicted the full impact of Ireland's current economic mayhem. Nor have they identified the actions that a business should take in response. GOW didn’t predict it either so the 3 amigos are in full agreement there, but here is a view on what most Irish SME companies should do now.