DCU President Professor Brian MacCraith interviewed DCU alumna, Lorraine Twohill, Chief Marketing Officer at Google, in DCU’s first Tech Talk in Silicon Valley last week.
In a fireside chat, Lorraine recalled the passion of DCU lecturers as a strong memory from her student days, where she graduated with a BA in International Marketing and Languages (1992). In particular, Lorraine mentioned current Business School lecturer, Dr Michael Gannon, whose passion for the subject of marketing was highly influential.
Lorraine’s sister, Dr Aisling Twohill, herself a DCU alumna, is a lecturer in Mathematics Education, in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies at DCU.
In 2018, Lorraine became the second ever female recipient of the Cannes Lions Creative Marketer of the Year, an award which recognises a brand that has demonstrated a belief and investment in creativity over the years.
Lorraine was recognised by DCU earlier this year with an Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Whilst Lorraine was unable to collect the award in person, attendees enjoyed a video message from Lorraine accepting the award.
This event in Silicon Valley gave Professor Brian MacCraith an opportunity to present the award to Lorraine in person on behalf of DCU, in front of an audience of alumni and friends of the university.
The full list of 2019 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards include:
➢ Equality Diversity and Inclusion - Lorraine Twohill, CMO at Google
➢ Innovation and Technology - Shay Walsh, MD of BT Ireland
➢ Leadership - Enda Kenny, Taoiseach (2011 - 2017)
➢ Societal Impact - Sr Orla Treacy, Head Administrator of the Loreto Rumbek Mission
➢ Sport - Lindsay Peat, Irish International Rugby, Soccer and Basketball player, and All Ireland Football winner with Dublin
Pictured l-r: Pat Edmondson, Associate Director at DCU Educational Trust, DCU President, Prof Brian MacCraith, Lorraine Twohill, CMO at Google, and Ross Munnelly, Director of DCU Alumni Relations (Picture courtesy of JGeurzonPictorials)