Britain's Most Admired No.9: Kingspan, Gene Murtagh

The 36-year-old Murtagh took over the helm of the family business in 2005 and hasn't looked back.

Despite the impact of the credit crunch on its share price - and the wider construction market - Kingspan has performed better than most. It even managed to raise loans of EUR330m after the events of Black September, a vote of confidence in the firm. But Murtagh expects full-year profits to fall by some 33% to around EUR150m.

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