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Bernal Institute Research Forum

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 13:00
Duration: One hour
Contact: Joan O'Riordan -
Location: MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension, Ireland

Mr Damien Clancy,
Chairman, RUSAL Aughinish and Adjunct Professor,
Kemmy Business School and Faculty of Science & Engineering,
University of Limerick.

The Importance of Clear Communication

RUSAL Aughinish is situated on the west coast of Ireland and produces 1.99 Mt/year of metallurgical grade alumina using the high temperature Bayer process. RUSAL Aughinish has operated in the Mid-West for over 30 years, whilst ownership has changed on five occasions.

Communication with all stakeholders has been key to the refinery’s survival, prosperity and longevity. Clear communication is required in many aspects of any leadership role. How this is achieved will often dictate success or failure on both a business and personal level. Poor communication skills will limit your effectiveness and your career.

Damien Clancy is Chairman of RUSAL Aughinish and an International Consultant for the UC RUSAL Group. RUSAL Aughinish is the largest alumina refinery in Europe and North America and, also, the largest overseas subsidiary of UCRUSAL. He was Managing Director of RUSAL Aughinish for 12 years until December 2014. His period as Managing Director involved many diverse challenges such as ownership changes, implementing survival strategies, major refinery reorganisations and ultimately building the business’s reputation. Today, RUSAL Aughinish is widely recognised in the alumina industry as the world benchmark refinery. Damien joined Aughinish in 1979 and spent seven years in Canada during his career. His career and role as an International Consultant has involved extensive exposure to work in different countries and cultures. He is Adjunct Professor in Relationships in Multi-National Companies for the Kemmy Business School and the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Limerick since 2013. He holds a M.Sc. in Quality and Change Management from the University of Limerick (1993) and a M.Sc. in Business and Executive Coaching from Smurfit Business School (2013). He received his original degrees in mathematics (B.A.) and engineering (B.A.I.) from Trinity College Dublin in 1979. He is a Chartered Engineer (C. Eng.), a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD) and a Member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland (M Inst D). He is a former member of University of Limerick Governing Authority. He previously held a number of roles in the Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC) - President of IBEC Mid-West, member of IBEC National Executive Committee and Director of IBEC.


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