Irish Prime Minister Cowen Honors Chris Boody, AT&T Executive and UW Bothell Management Alum, with Meitheal Award

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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BOTHELL, Wash. – Ireland’s Prime Minister Brian Cowen recently honored Chris Boody with the Meitheal Award in Silicon Valley, March 15, on behalf of Enterprise Ireland.  Chris Boody is Director-Product Management, Consumer Messaging for AT&T Mobility in Redmond, Washington, serves on the Enterprise Ireland’s Wireless Advisory Board, and is a Master of Management alumnus from the University of Washington Bothell.

Enterprise Ireland is a government agency responsible for the development and promotion of Irish industry worldwide with a collaborative approach for connections, mentoring and market guidance.

At a Trade Mission luncheon, Prime Minister Cowen said, “Each year Enterprise Ireland selects individuals who have significantly helped Irish companies by donating their time and expertise to guide them through the U.S. market. The name ‘Meitheal’ is the Irish name for a work group. It encapsulates the relationship that exists between the mentor and the company, a relationship of coming together to help each other out and creating a synergy.

Enterprise Ireland’s Wireless Advisory Panel provides insight and expertise to Irish wireless companies operating in the U.S. market. Over a number of years Chris has provided Irish companies with expert advice that has helped Irish Wireless companies becomes world class leaders in their fields, sign multimillion dollar contracts, and create economic growth and employment both in the U.S. and back home. To Chris we say thank you, for donating your time and energy by becoming a member of Enterprise Ireland’s Wireless Advisory Group.”

Boody said, “I am honored and humbled to receive the Meitheal Award.”  

Boody has been with AT&T and/or Cingular for the past 15 years.  He has worked in the CTO Organization and the Marketing, Product Management departments within AT&T Mobility.  He is currently responsible for Consumer Messaging services of SMS- text messaging, picture messaging, email, instant messaging, social networking and a number of strategic initiatives within the company. 

Boody earned his Master of Management degree from the University of Washington Bothell in 2000.  (The Master of Management Program has since transformed into the Technology MBA and Leadership MBA Programs offered by the UW Bothell in Bothell and Bellevue respectively.) He continues to be a strong supporter of the UW Graduate Business Programs, “I believe the investment in a graduate level degree provides the necessary tools and capabilities to stay competitive in a global business market.”

The award is hand crafted from a 5,000 year old chunk of oak from an ancient Irish peat bog which comes with a carbon dating certificate to verify its precise age.  The award has two intricately carved inter-twining flames rising to a point.  It may be seen in the attached picture along with Hugh Cooney, Chairman of Enterprise Ireland, Chris Boody, and Prime Minister Brian Cowen (left to right).

The Prime Minister’s remarks may be found at: .

Details about the Leadership and Technology MBA Programs along with other undergraduate and graduate education programs at the University of Washington Bothell may be found at: .

About UW Bothell:
The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.