CIO 100

CIO 100 Index launch event announcement

By Business & Finance
10 September 2021

To launch the 2021 CIO 100 Index, which will be published in the upcoming edition of Business & Finance magazine and here on, Business & Finance Media Group is delighted to announce the CIO 100 Index launch event on Tuesday, 28th September.

To launch the 2021 CIO 100 Index, which will be published in the upcoming edition of Business & Finance magazine and here on, Business & Finance Media Group is delighted to announce the CIO 100 Index launch event, in association with Equinix, on Tuesday, 28th September at 11:00am.

Register to attend here.

The index will acknowledge 100 of the top Digital Leaders in Ireland today.  Speaking on the importance of the 2021 CIO 100 Index, Maurice Mortell, Managing Director of Equinix said: 

“We’ve seen big changes over the past 18 Months or so and digital leaders and their teams have done some remarkable work accelerating digital transformation programmes as their businesses adapt to an ever-evolving environment, all the while supporting the transition to a remote and hybrid working environment. 

“Information Technology continues to be at the heart of every successful business and the CIO 100 Index provides an opportunity to shine a light on some of the great tech talent in Ireland across our rich ecosystem of homegrown and international companies.

“Having the right digital infrastructure and technology in place is no longer helpful, it is absolutely essential for businesses looking to thrive, both now and in the future, and I am looking forward to some good discussions and hearing about some of the drivers and priorities for Digital Leaders at the upcoming CIO 100 events.”

Maurice will share his thoughts with a keynote address during the launch webinar.

There will be an interactive discussion on the theme of Digital Leaders – Driving Transformation where the panelists will discuss

  • How they are accelerating transformation
  • The challenges they experience along the way
  • How they are prioritising strategic IT investments in order to achieve the agility and scale needed to deliver exceptional experiences in a world where change and disruption has become the standard operating model

Joining us for this discussion will be some of Ireland’s leading IT professionals, including: Moderator Maurice Mortell, Managing Director, Equinix, Ireland, and panelists Ashling Cunningham, CIO, Ervia and Dermot Hennessy, Director of Infrastructure, Flutter Entertainment with more to be announced soon.

Featured Speakers

Maurice Mortell, Managing Director, Equinix

Maurice oversees Equinix in Ireland, leading on local strategy and expansion. Maurice also sits on the Equinix executive management team for EMEA. Within that group, Maurice leads Equinix’s sustainability program for the region, working with the global team to define and progress initiatives around environment, social and governance leadership.

Maurice came to Equinix from Telecity Group where he was Country Manager for Ireland, and later, VP of Emerging Markets. Prior to his role within Telecity, Maurice was the CEO of Irish data centre operator, Data Electronics, for over 10 years. As CEO, Maurice set the vision and strategy for the company, driving consistent business growth during his leadership tenure.

With over 20 years’ experience in the data centre sector, Maurice has been a key figure in the rise of the data centre industry in Ireland, and is highly regarded as a thought leader on Ireland’s potential to be a global digital hub.

Maurice is a graduate of Business Studies from the College of Commerce, a former board member of the Irish Internet Association, and former chairman of the Outsourced Services Group within IBEC. Maurice holds the 2012 ICT Excellence ‘Person of the Year’ honour, awarded based on his invaluable contribution to the ICT sector in Ireland. Maurice serves as an Executive Council Member for Host in Ireland.

Ashling Cunningham, CIO, Ervia

Ashling Cunningham is the Chief Information Officer at Ervia, the commercial semi state organisation with responsibility for gas and water infrastructure and services. They also provided dark fibre wholesale broadband through Aurora Telecoms.  

She has extensive experience working in manufacturing, services and utilities industries and has an IT and Finance background. Cunningham holds an M.Sc. in Management from Trinity College. Before joining Ervia, she held several senior leadership and consulting positions in international companies.

A regular speaker at seminars, conference and industry events on the transformational role of digital and technology, data and security, innovation and women in business, she is a frequent contributor to trade publications.

Dermot Hennessy, Director of Infrastructure, Flutter Entertainment

Dermot Hennessy is Director of Infrastructure, Flutter UKI, with responsibility for hosting all of the platforms underpinning Paddy Power, Betfair, and Skybet. A graduate of UL and UCD, Dermot joined Paddy Power in 2012, having been a consultant to that company from Accenture. Previous to this Dermot had a varied background in development and project management across sectors such as Telecoms, Travel, Automotive, Healthcare, Insurance and Banking.