New and notable appointments at Future Planet, Welltel, Bundledocs and Cognate

By Business & Finance
03 March 2022
Pictured: Donal Sullivan, CEO Future Planet

This week sees new and notable appointments at Future Planet, Welltel, Bundledocs and Cognate

Donal Sullivan, CEO, 
Future Planet

Future Planet, the sustainability AI platform, has announced Donal Sullivan as its new CEO, welcoming the sustainability leader, who will lead its efforts to guide companies on their sustainable journeys and combat climate change. Future Planet’s SaaS AI platform enables companies to accelerate progress on their sustainability ambitions at scale, helping chief sustainability officers, to align and empower their organisations, to accomplish more at speed, using Future Planet’s world class technology and tools.

With 25 years of experience in the technology industry, prior to Future Planet, Donal held senior global executive roles in Johnson Controls, Tyco and Flextronics. He is a recognised authority on sustainable buildings and how technology can be used to accelerate sustainable progress at enterprise scale. Donal has been a leading voice on low carbon, sustainability projects around the world, with a great example in his home city Cork, where he oversaw the build of Ireland’s smartest building as global HQ for Johnson Controls at One Albert Quay. 

Throughout my career I’ve seen first-hand how technology can support sustainability, and I’m incredibly excited to be joining a purpose led, innovative disruptor like Future Planet.

Created by software entrepreneur Donal Daly and sustainable supply chain expert, Ingrid De Doncker, Future Planet is a cloud-based platform that maps out and builds a company’s sustainability journey, from maturity assessment to recommended actions and ultimately a transformation plan. All this is underpinned and mapped to the world’s sustainability knowledge and the vast array of policies, laws and metrics governing sustainability.   

Speaking on his appointment, Donal Sullivan said: “Throughout my career I’ve seen first-hand how technology can support sustainability, and I’m incredibly excited to be joining a purpose led, innovative disruptor like Future Planet. Managing sustainability can seem overwhelming and complex. Future Planet makes it easy to engage the employee base at scale on this critical mission, solving for sustainability within your business, supply chain and product design. 

Donal Daly, co-founder of Future Planet said: “Donal’s vision for sustainability is clearly aligned with ours and his track record on sustainability speaks for itself. We’re delighted to welcome him to lead our team and bring Future Planet to the next level. With his experience in building high-performance teams that deliver results, we know that he is the right person to scale up Future Planet after our successful launch last autumn.”

He continued: “As someone who has carried major international companies through sustainability journeys, he understands our clients’ challenges. In the end, our customer is the planet. We have no doubt that Donal will deliver the sustainability impact needed by Future Planet’s customers and the planet.” 

Paul Culbert, Head of Sales for Business Markets, 

Pictured: Paul Culbert Head of Sales for Business Markets Welltel

Welltel, a dedicated business communications provider, is today announcing the appointment of Paul Culbert as Head of Sales for Business Markets. Paul brings 20 years’ experience in sales and business development across multiple regions and market segments to the position.

He has an extensive background in recruiting and building high-performing sales teams with a passion for leveraging digital transformation to create a better customer experience and drive mutual growth. In his new role, Paul will lead a sales team focusing on SMEs and mid-market businesses across Welltel’s entire portfolio including unified communications (UC), telephony, cloud contact centres, connectivity, cybersecurity and managed services.

Prior to joining Welltel, Paul spent six years with Vodafone Business, holding senior positions across various areas of the company. As a Digital Sales Manager, he headed up teams focused on digital sales and business development in the Northern Europe and UK markets. Before this, he oversaw partner management for Vodafone’s OneNet Business arm as a Channel Account Manager.

Previously, Paul was Government Account Manager for eircom Business Solutions. He also spent three years as a Business Development Executive for 02 Ireland, acquiring new business in the southeast of Ireland.

Welltel is currently on an upward growth trajectory, supplemented by a combination of strategic acquisitions and organic business growth.

Paul Culbert, Head of Sales for Business Markets, Welltel: “I am delighted to step into this role at Welltel, an indigenous company on a path of continued, steady growth. I plan to leverage my wealth of experience in the telecoms industry and apply this knowledge and insight to my new position to best serve our customers.

“I have worked in starts ups, SMEs and global companies in dynamic, diverse and fast-changing environments, and I will use these practical experiences to help drive further growth for Welltel and more importantly solve customers’ business problems through innovative digital transformation solutions.”

Simon Hill, Non-Executive Director, 

Bundledocs, the cloud-based document bundling software provider, has announced the appointment of Simon Hill as its new Non-Executive Director.  Simon is currently the CEO and co-founder of Xperate, a UK based software development company which offers consultancy services to the wider tech community. He has previously worked in CEO and senior leadership roles for Tikit Plc, BT Group Plc, and TFB Plc. Simon brings over 20 years’ experience to Bundledocs, having worked across the technology sector servicing industries such as SMEs, legal services, and professional services. 

Speaking on the appointment Brian Kenneally, Bundledocs Founder and CEO said, “Simon has a notable track record of growing businesses and delivering strategic transformation across the legal tech industry. Simon is widely regarded as a serial tech entrepreneur and his insights and experience will undoubtedly be invaluable to us as we continue to expand our services globally. We are looking forward to working with Simon as we further develop Bundledocs into the future.”

Commenting on his appointment, Simon Hill said, “I am delighted to have been appointed as Non-Executive Director at Bundledocs. Since Bundledocs launched in 2019 I have admired their vision and growth across territories. Having seen how much Bundledocs has achieved to date, I was interested in getting further insight into their operations. I am looking forward to working with the team to assist in their ambitious growth plans.”

Bundledocs has over 1,000 clients in over 34 countries. They have become the market leader in the electronic document production space, working primarily with the legal sector. In late 2020 they were the first electronic document bundling tool on the market to receive ISO 27001 compliance.  

Dr Kieran Murphy, Occupational Health Provider 

Cognate Health has announced the appointment of aviation medicine specialist Dr Kieran Murphy as an Occupational Health Provider to lead its new aviation medical service. Dr Murphy is a qualified pilot with 330 flight hours and has been a practicing aviation medical examiner since 1998. This new specialist service from Cognate Health, a leading nationwide occupational health provider, offers renewals and revalidations for pilots, cabin crew, air traffic control and flight service officers.

Dr Murphy graduated from University College Cork in 1978 and practiced as a GP before entering aviation medicine. He has been a member of the Irish Society of Aviation Medicine since 1995, trained as an Aviation Medical Examiner in 1997, and undertook further training in 2007 to allow him to deliver Class 1 renewals.

On his appointment, Dr Murphy said: “I am delighted to join an innovative company like Cognate Health as it creates new pathways of delivering critically important health services to a range of industries. This is a crucial time for the aviation sector as the industry recovers from the pandemic and begins to rebuild. From pilots to air traffic controllers, it is important that everyone in the industry has up-to-date medical certificates, so they are ready to work as the aviation industry grows again in the coming months. Cognate Health’s new service will assist with this, offering greater choice and convenience for many aviation personnel.”

His appointment comes in response to Cognate Health’s rapid growth, with the company recruiting nine additional practitioners and nurses in 2021 and growing its client base by 35%.

Paula Cogan, CEO of Cognate Health said: “At such an important time for the aviation industry, we are pleased to be adding someone of Kieran’s calibre to our team as we introduce aviation medicals to our suite of occupational health services. With air travel rapidly recovering after the pandemic, demand for aviation medicals is increasing and, with Kieran on board, we are looking forward to helping the industry get back up to full speed.”

Cognate Health provides the most progressive occupational health services in Ireland, with a team of over 80 supporting employees in over 2,000 client companies across the country. Its national network of occupational health physicians was the first of its kind in the country, with specialist expertise across a number of sectors including construction, ICT, pharmaceutical, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, finance, public sector and retail.