New and notable appointments at Matheson, Diligent Corporation, Wisetek, BSI and AirSpeed Telecom

Appointments | Thu 4 Feb | Author – Business & Finance
Pictured: Tara Doyle, Chairperson, Matheson

This week sees new and notable appointments at Matheson, Diligent Corporation, Wisetek, BSI and AirSpeed Telecom

Tara Doyle, Chairperson,

Tara Doyle has been appointed Chairperson of Irish law firm, Matheson. Tara is the first woman to be appointed Chairperson of the firm. She will continue her day-to-day practice as Head of Matheson’s Asset Management and Investment Funds Department, alongside her new role.

Michael Jackson, Managing Partner at Matheson said:  “Tara is someone with whom I have worked closely for over 25 years and whose professionalism, judgement and people skills I have long admired. She has been recognised by peers and by legal journals as one of the leading financial services lawyers in Europe and one of Europe’s leading female lawyers.  As the firm’s first female Chairperson, her appointment represents an important milestone for the firm and a significant personal achievement for Tara. I look forward to liaising with Tara in her new role, as well as continuing to work with her in her role as Head of the firm’s Asset Management and Investment Funds Department.”

Commenting on her appointment Tara Doyle said, “Thank you to my partners at Matheson for electing me to this role.  I am honoured to be the first female Chairperson of Matheson.  I welcome this opportunity, and I look forward to working with Michael Jackson as Managing Partner in representing the firm and in leading and acting as an active proponent in respect of the firm’s values, whilst continuing to advise our clients as Head of the firm’s Asset Management and Investment Funds Department.”

Tara Doyle joined Matheson in 1994 as a trainee solicitor, and has been a partner since 2002.  She has served on the firm’s management committee for a number of years, and also chairs Matheson’s Graduate Talent and Development Committee.

In November 2020, Tara was elected to the Council of the Law Society of Ireland.  The issues on which she campaigned included diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and the international competitiveness of the Irish legal profession.

Ruairí Conroy , Site Lead Galway,
Diligent Corporation

Diligent Corporation, the governance company with a platform used by nearly 700,000 board directors and leaders, has announced Ruairí Conroy as the Site Lead for the company’s new Galway office. Headquartered in New York City, and backed by Insight Partners, Clearlake Capital Group, and Blackstone Group, Diligent empowers leaders to digitally transform their governance practices.

Ruairí will oversee Diligent’s European Hub including recruitment, department integration, business operations and facilities. The new hub will host more than 200 new employees across multiple business functions including customer support, finance, product, human resources and marketing. With this large-scale onboarding, Ruairí will be responsible for hiring and onboarding the best talent in Galway and ensuring employees have the right tools and resources to drive innovation.

On his new role with Diligent and what drew him to the company, Ruairí said: “Diligent’s commitment to growing in Galway, engaging with the community and building a top-performing workforce comprised of our best and brightest talent is what really drew me in. I’m confident that Diligent will be able to realise their global ambitions from the West of Ireland thanks to the opportunity to work with a diverse talent pool that stacks up to any other market around the world. The company is a pioneer in the modern governance space and is well-respected by the world’s most influential brands. I’m looking forward to joining the team and driving growth in the region.”

Ruairí brings over 19 years of growth and leadership experience to Diligent. Most recently he served as the Senior Vice President of Inside Sales at SiteMinder, a cloud platform for hotels. At SiteMinder, he had direct responsibility for recruiting, onboarding and expanding operations at the Galway site. He was instrumental in architecting their go-to market strategy for future growth, and led a global team of 100 sales leaders. In addition to his role at SiteMinder, Ruairí was part of the landing team for AdRoll and was instrumental in the launching of their EMEA Headquarters in Dublin. He has also led sales and acquisitions teams at Google, and currently lectures at National University of Galway, where he designed and delivers a module called Digital Sales Management.

In response to Ruairí’s new position, Lisa Edwards Diligent’s President and COO said: “Our growth plans in this region are quite ambitious and require a leader with vast experience building a site from the ground up and managing cross-functional teams. Ruairí has a proven track record of scaling SaaS companies in Galway which will be critical to our overall success. Over the last three months, we’ve expanded our footprint to more than 70 employees in the region, and his leadership will help us manage through the complexity of this challenging time as we continue to scale our business.”

Eugene McCabe, President of Wisetek USA,

Pictured: Eugene McCabe, President Wisetek USA

David Box, Vice President of Product Sales,

Pictured: David Box, Vice President of Product Sales

Wisetek, a global leader in advanced IT asset disposal, data destruction, technology reuse and manufacturing services, has announced two senior appointments in the United States, President of Wisetek USA and Vice President of Product Sales. These appointments are part of the company’s strategy to expand further in the market.

Eugene McCabe has been appointed as President of Wisetek USA, and David Box as the new Vice President of Product Sales. These appointments highlight the success and rapid growth of the company in the US, and its goal to further expand. In the US, Wisetek has established facilities in California, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia in recent years.

Wisetek has grown exponentially since it was established by Sean Sheehan in 2007 and has expanded its international footprint to include facilities in Ireland, the UK, the USA, the Middle East and Thailand.

Eugene McCabe will oversee the company’s operations in the United States, as it plans to continue to build on the rapid growth of its operations in the market. As part of his new role, David Box will be responsible for the company’s enterprise, client device and recycling sales globally.

Both appointees have extensive experience in senior leadership roles in the technology industry. David previously held positions with Hi-Tech Assets, Arrow Electronics, HP, and IBM. He also previously served as Director of Enterprise Sales with Wisetek.

Sean Sheehan, CEO of Wisetek said: “I am delighted to welcome Eugene McCabe and David Box to their new roles at Wisetek. Both candidates bring with them a wealth of experience and talent which will benefit the company as we continue to grow our operations in the United States. Their leadership and work will be central to the continued success of our operation in the US, which is a key market for our IT Asset Disposition, Reuse & Manufacturing Services.”

Mark Brown, CSIR Managing Director,

Pictured: Mark Brown, CSIR Managing Director, BSI

BSI, the business improvement company, has announced the appointment of Mark Brown as Managing Director of its Cybersecurity and Information Resilience (CSIR) business effective immediately.

Mark succeeds Mike Bailey, who has successfully led the setup and continued growth of the CSIR business for the last five years, including expansions in the US, UK and Ireland. Mike will be moving to the position of Consulting Services Managing Director of EMEA as of 1 March.

Mark joins BSI with more than 20 years of expertise in cybersecurity, data privacy and business resilience consultancy. He has previously held roles at Wipro Ltd., and Ernst & Young (EY), amongst others. He brings a wealth of knowledge including extensive proficiency on the Internet of Things (IoT) and the expanding cybersecurity marketplace. In his new role, Mark will be focused on expanding the CSIR business globally through current services and bringing a new global focus on emerging technologies and risks such as IoT and Operational Technology (OT), increased cloud adoption, RPA Security, 5G security, and the CISO desire to achieve central management over the new converged digital arena.

Mike Bailey, Managing Director, Consulting Services EMEA at BSI said: “Leading the CSIR business to date has been a great honor for me and I know that Mark will continue to do great things in this next chapter for the business. Information resilience is an essential part of our lives and core to our commitment and service.”

Mark Brown, Managing Director, CSIR at BSI said: “I am excited to be joining BSI at this crucial time, allowing me to work with a highly experienced team of cybersecurity, cyber risk and advisory professionals. I have great regard for BSI as an organization that is built on inspiring trust. I look forward to providing an expanding range of clients with information resilience and data governance support. And as we grow globally in the coming years, increasing their awareness of BSI’s portfolio of cybersecurity and information resilience advisory services.”

Brown added, “We want to help protect the information, people and reputation of organizations. In all sectors, across all industry verticals, BSI’s expertise and experience, alongside its innovative ways of doing business will ensure that our clients are compliant, safe, secure and resilient in their management of information risk. If 2020 and COVID-19 has taught us anything, no company is safe and as digitization and connectivity is rife across the globe, so too are cyber threats and malicious actors.  We will therefore further expand our range of services and expertise into new and emerging technologies risk arenas to adapt to changing business needs and further assist our clients.”

The Consulting Services team at BSI provides an expansive range of solutions to help organizations throughout the world address challenges in cybersecurity, information management and privacy, security awareness and compliance. For more information visit

John Delves, Managing Director,
Magnet Networks and AirSpeed Telecom 

John Delves, Managing Director of Magnet Networks and AirSpeed Telecom

Speed Fibre Group, an Irish investment vehicle focused on telecoms infrastructure as well as communications service provision, has announced a number of new managerial appointments across its communications service brands.

Following his recent appointment as Managing Director of Magnet Networks, John Delves has been appointed to the same role at AirSpeed Telecom.

The appointment of the former Digicel CEO to the dual role follows the recent acquisition of Magnet Networks by Speed Fibre Group.

The Group has also announced the appointments of experienced industry executives Rachel Hehir as Product Director and Martin Keogh as Commercial Director – with both directors operating across Magnet Networks and AirSpeed Telecom.

A skilled operations and projects director, Ms Hehir was previously Chief Operating Officer at Digicel Jamaica and spent 11 years with the communications company in the Caribbean until 2012.

She joins the retail side of Speed Fibre Group from Enet, where she was Strategic Projects Director. She was previously Operations Director with Smartzone and Programme Director with Actavo.

Mr Keogh is a top-level telecoms industry sales expert who spent five years with Digicel in the Caribbean, serving as CEO for Major Accounts.

During that time he led a team which delivered the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP) – a ground-breaking project initiated by the World Bank.

He has previously held Sales Director roles with iCabbi, Enet and Data Electronics.

“Both Rachel and Martin are highly driven senior executives with extensive international experience in communications sales and product management, and a track record for delivering revenue growth,” said Managing Director John Delves.

“Their top-level telecoms expertise, allied to our skilled teams at both Magnet Networks and AirSpeed, will allow both innovative companies to maximise their market impact.”

Speed Fibre Group is owned by the Irish Infrastructure Fund (IIF) which manages capital for more than 20 institutional investors, the majority of which are Irish pension funds, trusts, and investment managers.

With a combined annual turnover in excess of €70m, Speed Fibre Group employs more than 200 staff serving over 11,000 customers across three entities – Airspeed Telecom, Magnet Networks and Enet.

To date, the IIF controls over €500m of investments across energy, telecoms, tourism and healthcare in Ireland.