Here is a selection of people starting new roles with Expleo, Datascan, Esri Ireland, Digital Futures Manufacturing Center, Ocean Energy Europe and Bord Bia.
Cathal Murphy has been appointed customer director of the life sciences, healthcare and manufacturing division of technology company Expleo. He will lead the digital transformation strategies of Expleo customers through integrated end-to-end engineering, quality services and management consulting. He brings six years of experience working with leaders in the pharmaceutical, medical, healthcare and manufacturing industries in Ireland, UK and Europe. He worked as a client partner and sales manager at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for two years, working with clients in the life sciences and health industries to solve complex business problems through decision making. technology-based. He also spent four years at Infosys as Associate Director, Business Development, Life Sciences, Europe.
Orla Cafferty has been appointed CEO of Datascan, a specialist provider of digital document management services. She succeeds her father Padraic Cafferty, who will now chair the company after having served as CEO for almost 30 years. Orla will continue to work closely with Padraic and lead the strategic direction of the larger Datascan team. She has been a director of the company since 2001. Throughout her career, Orla has gained significant experience in the provision of outsourced business services. Prior to joining Datascan, she spent ten years in MR management at Securiforce Ltd and at Banta Global Turnkey, a multinational provider of outsourced solutions. She has also been a director of Officechairs.ie since 2005.
Dr Andrew Bell has been appointed Solutions Architect in the Northern Ireland office of Esri Ireland, a specialist in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), tailoring location intelligence to specific customer needs. He joined the Esri Ireland team in Holywood, Co Down, in 2019 as a senior consultant. Previously, he spent four years working in GIS and software engineering for digital technology company Sopra Steria, most recently as a senior consultant. He received a PhD from QUB, focusing on spatial analysis approaches to slope stability in 2014. Through this research, Andrew designed integrated slope assessment viewers and toolkits for the University of Alberta and Roads Service NI. He also holds a master’s degree (MSc) in landscape heritage and the environment, also from QUB.
Mary Kearney has been appointed Center Director of the brand new Digital Futures Manufacturing Center in Sligo, a consortium of IT Sligo and Sligo and Leitrim County Councils, funded by Enterprise Ireland to help companies adopt new automation and AI technologies. . Its first task is to issue a call for tenders to modernize and adapt the Market Yard Building in Sligo to accommodate the project. She brings 25 years of business and operations experience across a range of industries, most recently as COO for Parcel Connect Ltd, responsible for operations, quality, compliance and logistics. Previously, she was Operations Manager for the Nightline Group, responsible for operations, 3PL and logistics. She holds an MBA and a Diploma in Organizational Transformation and Change from Smurfit Business School.
Simon De Pietro, CEO and founder of Cork-based renewable energy developer DP Energy, has been re-elected Co-Chairman of Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) alongside Patrik Möller of Corpower Ocean, Sweden. Ocean Energy Europe represents the interests of the European ocean energy sector. Mr De Pietro said: “We are entering a period that will prove to be the watershed moment for ocean energy as it takes its place in the wider renewable energy sector alongside wind and solar. Wave and tidal technologies have made significant progress in recent years. Both are moving towards commercial readiness. For example, the hybrid wind and wave power generation floating at sea could be a game-changer for our shared ambition for a reliable and flexible electricity grid in a carbon neutral world.
Karen Connaughton has been appointed Industry Talent Manager at Bord Bia, Head of the Bord Bia Talent Academy, which helps identify and develop future leadership talent for the food and beverage industry in Ireland. Karen returns from the UK to Ireland, where she spent the last five years at Bord Bia, most recently as a market specialist for the dairy, seafood and liquor sectors. She joined Bord Bia as part of her Marketing Fellowship program, earning a Masters in International Marketing Practices at UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School. She also holds a BB in International Hotel Management from Shannon College of Hotel Management and previously worked in the hospitality industry and with Net Affinity, the hotel reservation and digital services company.