Press Release

Southern Region

Leading Through Change

4 February 2015

Southern Region Leading Through Change 4 February 2015 

(Photograph: Darragh Kane) Conor O'Connell, Chairman, CIPD Southern Region, Ken Murphy, Director, CareerWise Recruitment and event sponsor, Donal Sullivan, Vice-President and General Manager, Tyco, Ireland and Liam Linehan, CIPD at the CIPD Southern Region business breakfast at the Maryborough Hotel, Cork

Make an Impact - Make a Difference - Be the BEST at Something

CIPD Ireland Southern Region hosted a breakfast sponsored by Careerwise Recruitment on February 4th at Maryborough House Hotel, Cork. The keynote speaker was Donal Sullivan, VP & GM Tyco, Ireland, who gave an informative presentation to the large audience of HR and Business Professionals.

Conor O’Connell, Chairman of CIPD Southern Region, opened the event by welcoming the assembled group and introduced Ken Murphy, Director, Careerwise Recruitment, event sponsor. Following a short speech, Ken introduced the keynote speaker: Donal Sullivan, VP & GM Tyco, Ireland.

Donal spoke about loss of 400 jobs at Tyco Sensormatic, Cork a few years ago and how they had to 'hang in there' until a new opportunity presented itself. Tyco was a big player in the US and they were in a process of renewal of their business practices at the time and called on Donal to spearhead the project. He spoke about streamlining the company through the use of shared services. He told how people’s lives have been changed by R&D and innovation in fire safety and security products provided by Tyco in both commercial and domestic markets.

His message was a simple one: Make an Impact - Make a Difference - Be the BEST at Something. Have a forward focus by being relevant to the future - not the past and having a flexible approach is essential. Donal said that although luck can play a part in success, the key was in being positive throughout, having fun along the way and being ambitious.

The culture of the company was described as very open, innovative and empowering, where everyone is important as individuals for the contribution they make. He spoke about the 4 Enablers of Engagement being:

  • Strategic Narrative
  • Engaging Managers
  • Employee Voice
  • Values & Behaviours

As Tyco grows as an organisation they will continue to engage their employees by encouraging a winning spirit, continuous improvement, high performance, focus on the customer and by hiring the right people who show adaptability, passion and engagement. Donal also noted that his management team has a great gender balance, being split 50/50, describing it as an excellent mix.

Tyco showed their confidence in Cork in the decision to locate their global HQ here, at One Albert Quay in the city centre, helping to project Cork as a vibrant place to attract inward investment for the future. Tyco are committed to expansion in the Cork region with many more jobs coming on stream in the future.

Conor O’Connell, Chairman, CIPD offered his thanks to Donal and presented him with a gift which was kindly sponsored by the Irish Examiner, to mark the occasion.

The new CIPD Southern Region website was also launched on the day, it is hoped that this will be of benefit and value to members in the region. Conor thanked Mari Manning & Catherine Rochester (CIPD London) for their work on the project –


CIPD members can download the slides from this event here.

For further information please contact

Mari Manning
PRO-CIPD Southern Region
M. 0873630367