Board of Directors
Mr. Ciaran Murray
Mr. Ciaran Murray is the Non-Executive Chairman of ICON plc since May 2018, having previously served as Executive Chairman from March 2017 to May 2018 and as Chief Executive Officer from October 2011 to March 2017. He joined ICON as Chief Financial Officer in 2005 and served in that capacity until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2011.
Dr. Steve Cutler
Mr. Ronan Murphy
Mr. Ronan Murphy has served as a non-executive director of ICON plc since October 2016. He was appointed as Lead Independent Director in January 2019.
Dr. John Climax
Dr. John Climax, one of ICON’s co-founders, served as Chairman of the Board of ICON plc from November 2002 to December 2009, and Chief Executive Officer from June 1990 to October 2002. From January 2010 he has held a position as a non-executive director. Dr. Climax has over 25 years of experience in the contract research industry.
Prof. William Hall
Professor William Hall has served as a non-executive director of ICON plc since February 2013.
Professor Hall is a renowned expert in infectious diseases and virology. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor in Hokkaido University in Japan and is Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology and the Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases at University College Dublin’s (UCD) School of Medicine and Medical Science. He is also Executive Chairman of the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory and is a Consultant Microbiologist at St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin. Professor Hall also serves as a consultant to the Minister of Heath and Children in the Republic of Ireland, providing input on a range of topics including influenza pandemic preparedness and bioterrorism.
Prior to his tenure at UCD, Professor Hall was Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Medical Virology, Senior Physician and Director of the Clinical Research Centre at the Rockefeller University in New York. He previously served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Medicine at Cornell University.
Professor Hall is a Board member of The Atlantic Philanthropies and is a co-founder of the Global Virus Network.
Ms. Mary Pendergast
Mary Pendergast has served as a non-executive director of ICON plc since February 2014.
Prof. Hugh Brady
Professor Hugh Brady has served as a non-executive director of ICON plc since April 2014.
Mr. Eugene McCague has served as a non-executive director of ICON plc since October 2017.
Ms. Joan Garahy has served as a non-executive director of ICON plc since November 2017.
Ms. Julie O'Neill
Ms. Julie O’Neill has served as a non-executive director of ICON plc since July 2019.
Ms. O’Neill was formerly Executive Vice President, Global Operations of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where she was responsible for global manufacturing operations and expanding and improving supply chain and quality operations in the US, Europe, and Asia. Before joining Alexion, Ms. O’Neill was Vice President of Operations and General Manager for Ireland at Gilead Sciences and earlier in her career, Ms. O'Neill held leadership positions in operations, manufacturing and quality functions at Burnil Pharmacies and Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals.
Ms. O’Neill serves as a Board Member of DBV Technologies and Hookipa Pharma Inc. and is also on the Board of Ireland’s National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training.
Ms. O’Neill holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters of Business Administration from University College Dublin and is a Chartered Director of The Institute of Directors in Ireland.
Mr. Diarmaid Cunningham
Mr. Diarmaid Cunningham is Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, Executive Vice President and Company Secretary.
Mr. Cunningham joined the Company as General Counsel in November 2009. From 2009 until 2013, Mr. Cunningham was based in the Company’s global headquarters in Dublin. In 2013, Mr. Cunningham was seconded to the Company’s US headquarters in Pennsylvania and that secondment ended in 2018 when Mr. Cunningham returned to Dublin.
In July 2016, Mr. Cunningham’s role expanded to include Chief Administrative Officer in addition to General Counsel. This expansion of his role means Mr. Cunningham has responsibility to the Company’s Quality Assurance, Client Contracts Services, Facilities and Procurement groups in addition to his responsibility for the Company’s Legal group.
Mr. Cunningham graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies from University College Dublin in 1997, qualified as a lawyer in 2001 and completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in California in 2015. Mr. Cunningham served as Secretary to the Board of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (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.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cunningham spent 10 years with A&L Goodbody, one of Ireland's premier corporate law firms.