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International Finance Executive | Strategic Google VP | Global Connection-Builder

Liz Cunningham

Liz Cunningham is an accomplished International Finance Executive and Strategic Connection-Builder, known for her leadership in cultivating inclusive cultures that foster multiperspectivity and empower individuals to make valuable contributions. With her unwavering commitment to driving growth for people, organizations, and economies worldwide, Cunningham has become a highly respected and influential global leader.

Currently, as the Vice President of Finance at Google, Cunningham plays a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction and future growth of the company, managing finance, investment, and tax planning for over 100 entities internationally. Her work here isn’t just about numbers; it’s about harnessing financial strategies to enable innovation and growth, aligning perfectly with her mission to create supportive environments that drive meaningful collaborations.

As the co-founder of the Compass Leadership Summit, Cunningham is catalyzing a global shift in female leadership. This initiative, elevated by the sponsorship of tech titan Google, intertwines a worldwide network of women leaders to expand perspectives and build a supportive community while simultaneously reshaping corporate dynamics and advocating for greater inclusivity in the tech industry. Her involvement extends even further into the heart of Google, where she actively sponsors the Women@ group and offers mentorship to help others overcome hurdles. 

Cunningham sits on the board of Google Ireland Ltd and various Alphabet entities in Ireland, driving strategy and promoting a culture of diversity, innovation, and creativity. Her dedication to excellence and empowerment earned her a place in the Top 25 of Ireland’s Most Powerful Women awards.

Progressing through her career in finance and tax, Cunningham made significant strides at KPMG. As Tax Director, she further honed her skills in audit, tax, and advisory services. This experience was built on a solid foundation formed during a seven-year tenure at Arthur Andersen, where she first immersed herself in the world of finance by managing complex tax scenarios.

Parallel to her career trajectory, Cunningham’s academic credentials are a testament to her expertise and dedication. She is a graduate of Dublin City University, holding a First Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance and a Masters Degree in Accounting. She was admitted as a Chartered Accountant Ireland member in 1997 and subsequently as a member of the Irish Taxation Institute in 1998.

Liz Cunningham’s journey is a testament to her belief in the power of support, connection, and inclusivity. Her vision is to create opportunities that empower individuals to reach their highest potential, driving success at every level. As she continues to navigate the complex world of international finance, her focus remains on building supportive environments that inspire individuals to make meaningful contributions that drive growth and success on a global scale.


Leading growth for people, organizations, and economies around the world.

Leading Expertise:

  • How to cultivate a culture of collaboration for global teams

  • Why multiperspectivity should inform the way we lead

  • The proportional relationship between supportive environments & valuable contributions

  • How empowered belonging transforms teams, organizations, & economies

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