People: Alltech founder receives award

26-12-2012 | |
People: Alltech founder receives award

Irish-born entrepreneur Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, has received the Business and Finance “Business Person of the Year” award.

The annual award honouring an individual who has enhanced business in Ireland was the highlight of the Business and Finance Award ceremony, held on the 18th of December in the Convention Centre in Dublin city, Ireland. A panel of Dr. Lyons’ peers were chosen to select the winner. In the past, this prestigious programme has celebrated the outstanding achievements of individuals such as JP McManus, Neville Isdell, Michael Smurfit, Tony Ryan, Dermot Desmond, Liam O’ Mahony, Willie Walsh, Philip Lynch, Peter Sutherland, T.K. Whitaker and Denis O’ Brien.

A native of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, Dr. Lyons has helped revolutionise the animal feed industry with Alltech’s natural solutions, which are safe and beneficial for the animal, consumer and environment. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University College Dublin, Ireland, and a master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Birmingham, England.

He worked as a biochemist at Irish distilleries before establishing Alltech in 1980. In the past 32 years, Alltech has grown to employ 2,800 people and conduct business in 128 countries, with annual sales of approximately $750 million.

Founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a global animal health and nutrition company with 32 years’ experience in developing natural products to enhance animal health and performance. With 2,800 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia.