Googler Cera Ward unanimous choice for Doyenne award

The advertising industry bestows the title each year to promote female talent

 Cera Ward: country manager for Google Ireland and winner of the 2016 IAPI Doyenne Award

Cera Ward: country manager for Google Ireland and winner of the 2016 IAPI Doyenne Award

 

There was an unanimous decision by the judges for this year’s Doyenne award, which went to Cera Ward, country manager of large customer sales for Google Ireland.

The award, organised by the Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland (IAPI) is bestowed upon women making their mark in the Irish advertising industry.

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IAPI hopes the award, now in its third year, will incentivise companies to eliminate a gender imbalance at management level by highlighting the achievements and leadership skills of the nominated women.

The judges praised Ward for her “remarkable leadership skills” and future ambitions.

Gender balance

A special recognition award went to Michelle O’Keefe, managing director of Electric Media group, while the “rising star” winner was Aideen O’Neill from marketing agency Verve.

Panel of judges

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Ward, who is currently on maternity leave, joins Estelle Gorby from Acorn Dublin and PHD’s Gemma Teeling as a “doyenne” of the Irish industry.