Fireside Chat with Diarmaid Cunningham General Counsel of ICON plc at our General Counsel Summit in Dublin on 25 September 2018

Fireside Chat with Diarmaid Cunningham

Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of ICON plc

@ our

General Counsel Summit in Dublin

Tuesday 25 September 2018  |  4.30 PM to 7.30 PM  |  FREE ADMISSION
Hosted at a law firm in the City Centre (TBC) |  RSVP:

Good afternoon,

I’m delighted to be able to confirm that Diarmaid Cunningham will be our guest speaker at our General Counsel Summit in Dublin on 25 September 2018.

Diarmaid will join us for a fireside chat to discuss his career journey, leadership and share with us some lessons he has learned along the way.

It promises to be a fascinating chat.

I look forward to seeing many of you then.



About Diarmaid Cunningham

Diarmaid Cunningham is Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of ICON plc and sits on ICON’s executive leadership team.  ICON is a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.  ICON is headquartered in Dublin, listed on NASDAQ and currently operates from 98 locations in 38 countries and has approximately 13,380 employees.

Diarmaid joined ICON as General Counsel in 2009 having spent 10 years with A&L Goodbody. Diarmaid was based in ICON’s headquarters in Dublin from 2009 to 2013 and was seconded to ICON’s US office in Pennsylvania in 2013 and will return to be based in Dublin in August 2018.  In July 2016, Mr. Cunningham was appointed as Chief Administrative Officer in addition to his role as General Counsel.  Due to the expansion of his role and responsibilities, ICON’s Client Contracts Services, Quality Assurance, Facilities and Procurement groups also report into Diarmaid in addition to ICON’s Legal group.

Diarmaid graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies from University College Dublin in 1997, qualified as a lawyer with A&L Goodbody in 2001 and is on the Legal500 GC Powerlist for Most Influential Lawyers in Business.  In order to help develop his experience and knowledge outside of the legal sphere, Diarmaid completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in California in 2015 which was an intensive 6 weeks full time course in Stanford focused on strategy, leadership and executive development.

Diarmaid also served as Secretary to the Board of the Association of Clinical Research Organisations (ACRO) in 2013 and 2014. ACRO represents the CRO industry globally to key stakeholders including pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, regulators, legislators and patient groups.


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