Declan Kelly, the co-founder of global consulting firm
Teneo, has a well-rounded and accomplished CV that lends itself well to
international relations and business. With roots firmly planted in Ireland and
a far-reaching network of operations with Teneo, Kelly has made himself a
widely respected expert within international business.
Kelly was born in Tipperary, Ireland and earned a
Bachelor’s degree in English and law through the National University of
Ireland. Upon graduation, Kelly began his career as a sports columnist and
business journalist. From there, he segued into a public relations and
consulting career, founding his first company, Gallagher and Kelly Public
Relations, in 1999.
Gallagher and Kelly Public Relations was eventually sold
to Financial Dynamics (FD), and this transition enabled Kelly to move to the
United States, where he was the president and CEO. In 2006, Financial Dynamics
was sold to FTI Consulting. Kelly continued to serve as an executive officer of
FTI until 2009, where he was responsible for global operations, client
management, and strategy, to name just a few.
In 2009, Kelly was named as the US Economic Envoy to
Northern Ireland after serving on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. He focused his
efforts on business rather than politics and served in this role until 2011
when he said he had completed the goals he had set for himself.
Declan Kelly Founding Teneo
Teneo was founded in June 2011 by Kelly along with his
colleagues Douglas Band and Paul Keary. Kelly served as chairman and co-CEO.
Teneo was founded to be a strategic consulting firm for forward-thinking CEOs
to assess risk and make moves in an ever shifting global economy.
By amassing well-respected senior counsel members such as
Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, Teneo has established itself as an authority on a
wide array of issues posed to CEOs and senior executives.
“Teneo views all risks and opportunities through the eyes
of the CEO, while being able to advise and execute across all levels of an
organization,” is the mission statement for Teneo, which is widely known for
its all-encompassing strategy. With global offices in New York and Dubai, Teneo
has boosted its worldwide presence and signed high-profile clients such as Coca
Cola. Teneo has also expanded to 12 operating divisions that even include
Declan Kelly and Teneo Awards and Philanthropy
Declan Kelly has received multiple awards and recognition
for his work in international business as well as journalism and philanthropy.
In 2008, Kelly was the youngest recipient of the American Irish Historical
Society gold medal for his contributions to Irish American society. He also
received an honorary doctorate from the Queen’s University Belfast and was
awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2012 by the National Ethnic
Coalition of Organizations. Additionally in 2012, he was named to the annual Global 100 list by Business & Finance.
As a nod to his background and upbringing, Kelly has kept
up involvement with several organizations in Ireland on a philanthropic basis.
Having served on the board of several nonprofits, Kelly continues to seek to
empower others to have opportunities in the business world and in the US. For
example, Kelly founded the Northern Ireland Mentorship Program with the
American Ireland Fund. This program gives graduates from Northern Ireland the
opportunity to work with corporations in the United States.