Robert J. McCann, CEO of UBS Group Americas and UBS Wealth Management Americas, will be inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame on March 16 in Manhattan, Irish America magazine has announced.
McCann is being inducted for his long-standing involvement with Irish-American community and charity organizations like the American Ireland Fund and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, as well as for his commitment to education and philanthropy.
He will be inducted along with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is being honored for her work on behalf of the Irish peace process; Emmett O'Connell, explorer and commentator and head of the Great Western Mining Corporation, who is being honored for a lifetime of commitment to Irish and Irish American relationships; and Pat Quinn, the creator of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised millions for research into ALS.
"Bob McCann has been an incredible philanthropist and supporter of critical community projects in Northern Ireland through the American Ireland Fund" said Niall O'Dowd Founding Publisher of Irish America Magazine.
"Bob has always been willing to make time to help worthy Irish causes, and we are so proud to have him in the Hall of Fame."
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with roots in County Armagh, McCann first became involved with the American Ireland Fund in 1998, helping to raise over $4 million to build integrated schools in Northern Ireland. He also promoted the Northern Ireland Mentorship Program, which helps N.I. graduates find placements with leading U.S. corporations.
A graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia, McCann serves on the college’s Board of Trustees, as well as on the Board of Directors for the AIF, and the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.
The Irish America Hall of Fame honors the extraordinary achievements of Irish-American leaders, from their significant accomplishments and contributions to American society to the personal commitment to safeguarding their Irish heritage and the betterment of Ireland.
Founded in 2010, the Irish America Hall of Fame inductees include: Donald Keough (2010), Maureen O'Hara (2011), Ford Motors CEO William Ford, Jr. (2011), former President Bill Clinton (2011), Vice President Joe Biden (2013), Congressman Bruce Morrison (2013), and news anchors Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews (2014).
The Irish America Hall of Fame is located in County Wexford, Ireland, on the New Ross quayside, yards from where John F. Kennedy’s great grandparents, among millions of others, left for the United States.