Martin Naughton is the founder and chairman of the Glen Dimplex Group.He started the company in 1973 as Glen Electric, with a mere ten employees, later acquiring Dimplex, the leading brand in the U.K. heating market.
An engineer by profession, Naughton has overseen his company’s growth to become the world’s largest manufacturer in domestic heating appliances.
During the week of President Higgin’s historic visit to Britain, MBAAI honorary member Martin Naughton was the honouree at Ireland Day in the London Stock Exchange. Dundalk-born Naughton, founder and Chairman of Glen Electric, now Glen Dimplex, was honoured for his “Outstanding Contribution to British Irish Relations” at the event hosted by Ireland INC and London Stock Exchange, which included a half-day international business summit attended by an illustrious group of global business and political leaders.
A longtime supporter of the University of Notre Dame, in both a civic and philanthropic manner, Naughton was honored by the university in 2006 by renaming their Institute for Irish Studies as the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies (Donald Keough, another of our Business 100, was the original benefactor of the Institute).
Dr Naughton has served on Notre Dame’s Board of Directors since 1991.
He co-founded the university’s Ireland Council, and received an honorary Doctor of Science in 1998.
He is chairman of InterTrade-Ireland, a cross-border and business trade group, and has been extremely active in promoting peace in Ireland through economic ties.