Dundalk native Una Fox, a vice-president at Walt Disney, is to be honoured by UCC this month, alongside Jim Clarken, CEO Oxfam, business leader Leslie Buckley, renowned NYC surgeon Dr Patrick O’ Leary and pioneering dental researcher Professor Denis O’Mullane
California-based Una Fox, who hails from Dundalk, will be among the recipients of a UCC Alumni Achievement Award (AAA).
Una is one of the most influential women in technology today and The Irish Technology Leadership Group has recognised her as one of the Silicon Valley 50 most influential Irish-American people in the tech world.
The Dundalk woman, who graduated with a BA in English and French from UCC in 1989, is currently vice president in retail and ecommerce technology at the Walt Disney Company.
With over 15 years senior leadership experience at some of the world’s leading brands, including Yahoo!, Dow Jones, Thompson (Financial), Cisco and KPMG, her stellar reputation proceedes her.
She began her career in Paris, initially working in financial services with Dow Jones and Thompson Reuters.
Not long after she joined Cisco’s sales operations and helped develop its CRM offerings before moving to work with KPMG in California during the late 1990s.
Una then went on to work with Yahoo!’s search group and then its online display and advertising and billing divisions before an opportunity to go and work with Disney arose in 2008.
She is a member of the advisory board of the influential non-profit US-Ireland Alliance and also a co-founder of CoderDojo LA, part of a free worldwide movement that teaches children aged 8-16 years to code.
“Our team is passionate about inspiring the next generation of young people to be creators and makers in a digital world,” says Una.
“We are committed to inspiring young coders to engage with technology on a fundamental level.”
She is also a member of the Irish Technology Leaders Group (ITLG).
Una will be honoured at the UCC AAAs next week. The Award is the highest honour UCC can bestow upon a graduate.
The Dundalk woman will receive an ‘acorn to mighty oak’ sterling silver trophy, designed by Don O’Mahony, an engraver and jeweller in Cork.