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CIO 100 2018: Section 1

By Business & Finance
17 April 2018
CIO 100 2018 Chief Information Officer

The Business & Finance CIO 100 recognises the top 100 Chief Information Officers working across some of the largest corporates in Ireland. This year’s event coincides with the Dublin Tech Summit and will take place at the Convention Centre Dublin on the 18 April from 6–8pm, where a panel will discuss the topic of ‘Information Influx: the Challenges Facing CIOs’. Here is section one of the four-section list.

Adrian Condon, Chief Technology Officer

With nearly 20 years’ experience, Adrian has an impressive track record in technology development across industries, including automotive, telecoms and industrial. B-Secur is a start-up company specialising in ECG biometric authentication that has won a host of awards, including being named as one of Gartner’s Cool Vendors in Human-Machine Interface, 2017. Adrian is also trained in mentoring, leadership and management.


Aengus Gorey, Software Development Lead
Jaguar Land Rover Ireland

Aengus has been Software Development Lead/Cyber Security Architect at Jaguar Land Rover Ireland since September 2017. He began his career at Avocent in 1999, working his way to Senior Design Engineer. He then worked in senior marketing/technology roles at Intel. Aengus will be a key figure in the company’s recent announcement of 150 new jobs in its Shannon engineering centre.


Aisling Deasy, Chief Information Officer

With over 20 years’ experience, Aisling is responsible for leading Abtran’s technology, digital and data programmes. Prior to this C-level role, Aisling worked as Programme Manager for one of Abtran’s largest utility clients and was responsible for the set-up and operation of the company’s Customer Contact Centre. Previous to Abtran, she has also worked for BearingPoint, Deloitte and TVTextbook.


Alan Bambury, Chief Information Security Officer
Kerry Group

Responsible for application strategy, information security and software compliance as Chief Information Security Officer, Alan previously held roles as SAP Solution Architect, SAP Development Lead and SAP Finance Lead in Kerry Group after joining originally as IT Manager before moving to Kerry Ingredients and Flavours as IT Director. Alan holds a BA from University College Cork.


Alan Giles, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer

BOXEVER is a customer intelligence technology company that helps airlines and travel companies generate more incremental revenue quickly by leveraging data they already have. Alan Giles is co-founder and CTO and has over ten years’ experience developing and delivering highly-scalable and fault-tolerant distributed systems. He is a regular speaker at the Dublin Cassandra Meetups.


Andy O’Kelly, Chief Architect

Andy has been Chief Architect at eir business since September 2010, specialising in ICT-driven innovation and customer solutions. He joined eir in 2009 as Business Solutions Director. For around 35 years Andy has held senior technical roles at Lan Communications, CSK Software and the Revenue Commissioners. From 1993–1995 he was a lecturer in Data Communications at Trinity College Dublin.


Andrew O’Sullivan, Chief Information Officer/Assistant Director General
Central Statistics Office (CSO)

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is the largest statistical organisation in Ireland in the collection, compilation, extraction and dissemination of data relating to the economy, society and general activities of the State. The Chief Information Officer, Andrew O’Sullivan, has vast experience in project management and product engineering at the likes of ICL/Fujitsu, IONA Technologies, Progress Software, Brandvis, Microsoft and Citi.


Anne Sloane, IS Senior Director, Global Supply

Anne is the IS Senior Director responsible for Stryker’s manufacturing business globally, which includes manufacturing plants in Europe, North America and Asia. Anne has worked with Stryker for 14 years including a four-year assignment in the United States. Anne has prior experience in software and services, semiconductors and pharmaceutical having worked with Triangle, Colman, ProStrategy and General Semiconductor.


Annrai O’Toole, Chief Technology Officer, EMEA

Annrai O’Toole was a co-founder of IONA Technologies alongside his fellow TCD lecturer Chris Horn over 25 years ago. In 2009 he founded Cape Clear, a specialist middleware vendor, and developed the industry’s leading enterprise service bus – a technology for integrating applications using Web services. This served as the foundation for the Workday Integration Cloud when Workday acquired Cape Clear.


Anthony Dodson, Director of Transformation and Change; Head of Operational Improvement and Planning
Virgin Media

Anthony is a top-level director with over 15 years’ experience in the engineering and telecommunications industries. He joined Virgin Media in 2013 as Head of Operational Improvement and Planning and in October 2017 he also assumed the role of Director of Transformation and Change. Anthony’s career has also seen him assume senior roles at BT, Xilinx and Intel.


Ashling Cunningham, Chief Information Officer

Ashling has an established track record, implementing state-of-the-art, technology-based business applications to facilitate process and cultural re-engineering. With an IT and finance background, she holds an M.Sc. in Management from Trinity College Dublin and before joining Ervia worked as an independent consultant specialising in implementing financial software systems. Ashling has held several senior leadership and consulting positions in international companies.


Barry Rooney, Chief Information Officer
Apex Fund Services

Apex is a large global institution that retains a focus on high client service levels delivered locally. Originally established in Bermuda in 2003 by Peter Hughes, Apex has over 600 staff based in 32 offices across 26 jurisdictions globally. Barry has also been Global CIO at The Taxback Group and has held senior roles at Atos, Siemens and Amdahl Ireland.


Barry Lowry, Chief Information Officer
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Since April 2016, Barry has been tasked with taking forward the Public Service ICT Strategy in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, which sets to develop the use of shared services, digital services and data to better serve the public. He was previously IT Head of Profession and the Director of IT Services for the Northern Ireland Civil Service.


Barry Minnock, IT Director
Musgrave Group

Barry joined Musgrave Group in 2013 and is currently IT Director for Musgrave Wholesale Partners. This includes IT responsibility for several Musgrave brands across the island of Ireland, including MarketPlace, SuperValu, Centra, Daybreak and Mace. Before joining Musgrave MarketPlace, Barry worked for more than 15 years in IT consultancy across several countries and industries with Version 1, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Brendan Healy, Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Europe
Irish Life

Brendan is SVP and CIO, Europe at Irish Life Group. He was appointed Group CIO of Irish Life & Permanent in 2012. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin in 1984 and obtained his MBA in Business Administration from University College Dublin in 1995. Brendan began his IT career working in the Department of Finance.


Brian Clune, IT Systems Administrator
Cantor Fitzgerald

Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland is part of leading global financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Cantor serves more than 7,000 institutional clients around the world and its affiliates employ over 10,000 people in 25 countries. The company has three offices in Ireland. Clune is a B.Sc. graduate in Information Systems and Information Technology and has been working with Cantor since 2012.


Brian Lynch, Chief Information Officer/IT Regional Services, Ireland, Guernsey, Luxembourg, Gibraltar, Malta, and the Isle of Man
Aon Group

Aon is a global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services, with more than 500 offices in 120 countries. Aon leverages sophisticated data analytics to drive insightful decisions. With Aon since 1998, Brian oversees systems that include high-speed access to corporate IT systems and data transfer between numerous Aon sites in Europe.


Brona Kernan, IT Director
Zurich Ireland

Currently IT Director at Zurich Ireland, Brona was previously CIO at The Irish Times from 2009–2015. Prior to that she was IT Director for CPL. From 1994–2006, Brona was IT Director at Ryanair where she was in charge of building and developing the company’s essential computing and communications infrastructure as it took its first steps into online booking.


Chris Kennedy, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer

Trustev was founded in 2012 by Chris Kennedy and Pat Phelan with the aim of eliminating online fraud through social media verification. Chris had been Pat’s first hire at Cubic Telecoms in 2007. In 2015 Trustev was acquired by TransUnion for $44 million (€40 million). Chris and Pat remain the leading shareholders and received $21 million in cash up front.


Chris Murphy, Vice-President, IT Team Member Experience Services and EMEA Chief Information Officer

As VP of IT Team Experience, Chris has responsibility for 1,000+ global employees speaking 25 languages in 37 different countries and provides IT support to 50,000+ EMC employees worldwide. Chris was previously Senior Director of IT Client Experience at EMC’s Centre of Excellence in Cork, where he oversaw the provision of research and technical support to global EMC offices.


Cian Maher, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer

Intellicom is a fast-growing telecommunications solutions and service provider delivering on-premise and cloud communications, ISP services, voice termination and contact-centre solutions. Cian’s early interest in Asterisk, the world’s most widely used, open-source telephony software, was in 2003, and his experience since then makes him a leader on this technology in Ireland.


Ciara O’Hare, Head of APAC & EMEA Service Delivery Management

Ciara joined PayPal in October 2015 as a Senior Manager in the role of Head of IT Services in the EMEA regions. In November 2017, she was appointed to her current role as Head of IT in the APAC and EMEA regions. Ciara is also a Business Mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.


Ciaran Harvey, Senior Managing Director & Chief Information Officer

With Prudential since 2003, Harvey was one of the first eight employees of Donegal-based Pramerica, their contact centre and software development division. After a stint in Prudential’s El Paso, Texas operations, Ciaran returned to Ireland to head up the 1,500 staff in Letterkenny. Pramerica has expanded and now encompasses nearly 200 functions including actuarial work, data science and property accounting.



Damien Basselier, Chief Information Officer

Smartbox is a gift voucher and rewards firm that operates in multiple countries. Damien is a seasoned web-based technology development executive with experience in large-scale business transformation, international projects and launching start-up businesses. He was previously Managing Director at I-COM Software (Systemax Group) from 2000–2014, responsible for the development and maintenance of more than 200 e-commerce sites.


David Lawson, Head of Information Technology

David has been with Matheson since 2000. In his role he leads a large team of IT professionals and has managed numerous strategic projects within the law firm. David delivers innovative services for clients on a 24/7 basis so that Matheson’s lawyers can deliver the best possible service through an integrated infrastructure, high-class recruitment and an evolving tech system.


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