Ireland House Oral History Collection

Noreen Culhane

Noreen M. Culhane, 7 December 2006. Photo by Marion R. Casey.


7 December 2006

1 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds

Preferred Citation:

Ireland House Oral History Collection, Archives of Irish America, New York University

Biographical Note:

Noreen M. Culhane (b. Bronx, New York, 1950), an Executive Vice President at the New York Stock Exchange, is the eldest of seven children born to James and Maria Ann Culhane, both immigrants from near Ballylongford in northern County Kerry, Ireland. She was the 1970 New York Rose of Tralee and as such traveled to Ireland to participate in the Festival of Kerry.

Educated in Bronx Catholic schools, Culhane attended St. Frances de Chantal in Throggs Neck, the parish to which her family belonged, the Academy of Mount St. Ursula in East Morrisania, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale where she majored in English Literature and graduated with the class of 1972.

After college, Culhane worked for five years as an elementary school teacher at St. Anthony’s on Nepperhan and Squire Avenues in Yonkers (Westchester County), New York, studying at night for a master’s degree in special education at the nearby College of New Rochelle. In 1977 she made a career change, joining IBM and within two years had been assigned to a branch office in the Financial District of Manhattan. When IBM underwent reorganization in 1982, Culhane was promoted to a branch manager responsible for the company’s telecommunications industry. Culhane worked in sales at IBM for twenty years and ran the securities industry within its financial services vertical. While at IBM, she pursued further education and completed the Advanced Management program at Harvard University.

In March 1997 Noreen Culhane was offered and accepted the position of senior vice president in sales and client services for the New York Stock Exchange group. At the time of this interview, she was an Executive Vice President, managing Business Development, Client Service, Marketing and Sales Support, Initial Public Offerings and Structured Products. She is responsible for drawing in and serving new companies around the globe interested in listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

A member of the Economic Club of New York, Noreen Culhane serves on the BMCC Foundation Board of Directors which supports the City University of New York’s Borough of Manhattan Community College. In 2006 her community service work earned her the Youth Opportunity Award from Inwood House, an organization focused on providing education to youths and preventing teenage pregnancy. An avid golfer, Culhane and her family frequently travel to Ireland.


Photo Credit:

  1. Noreen M. Culhane, 7 December 2006. Photo by Marion R. Casey.