Five new board members have been voted to the IIA board by the members. The new board members will join the seven sitting members.
The new board members are:
- Peter Callan – Digitalworx
- Gary Conroy – Realex Payments
- Claire Dillon – Microsoft Ireland
- Donal McGuinness – Zapa Technology
- Jason Roe – Jason Roe
A special thanks to all the members who took the time to vote in the recent elections. The new Board will hold its first meeting directly after next week’s AGM.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally welcome them all and say that I am really looking forward to the opportunity to working with them. Mind you, it’s a pity all the candidates couldn’t be elected. Members really had a top class group to choose from – I’d say there were some tough choices made!
Peter Callan is managing director of DigitalworX limited, the digital division of The Irish Times Ltd which runs Ireland.com, MyHome.ie, irishracing.com and its interest in entertainment.ie and Electric Media.
Peter joined The Irish Times in 2004 and previously held the role of group financial controller.
He qualified as a chartered accountant with BDO before spending four years with the Techrete group as financial controller. He also held a number of senior roles over a five-year period at electro mechanical group APW, including vice-president of finance for Europe Asia and South America, and general manager and finance director of its Dublin operation.
Gary Conroy is the Chief Operating Officer of Realex Payments, having been with the company since 2005.
Gary has over ten years experience in International Financial Services. Prior to joining Realex Payments, Gary managed Commodity Operations with London-based investment banking giants Goldman Sachs International, and delivered Banking Software Implementation projects around the globe for MISYS / Kindle Banking Systems.
In his work with Realex Payments, Gary helps Irish Internet businesses to optimise their online revenue potential. To this effect, Gary has authored White Papers on the area of Online Payments Strategy.
As the Chief Operating Officer of a Software as a Service (SaaS) organisation, Gary is ideally placed to facilitate sharing and developing best practice for Cloud Computing and SaaS organisations.
Clare Dillon joined Microsoft in 2003 and currently heads up Microsoft Ireland’s Developer and Platform Group. The Developer and Platform Group works with Microsoft’s customers, partners, local software companies and particularly the broad developer community to help them get the most out of Microsoft’s latest technologies.
Before joining Microsoft, Clare was product manager with Havok, the market-leading games software provider and prior to that worked as a product manager for five years with IONA technologies. Clare holds an honours degree in Pure Mathematics and a Higher Diploma in Education, both from Trinity College Dublin.
Donal Mc Guinness is Business Development Director of Zapa Technology. A former winner of the Mobile Internet Net Visionary Award, Donal was a co-founder of Itsmobile back in 1999.
Itsmobile developed and and sold award winning mobile payment and eCommerce products and services on a global basis. Payzone acquired Itsmobile in 2004 and Donal’s attention turned to offering online payment processing and fraud management solutions in Ireland, Sweden, Belgium and Germany.
Donal currently sits on the board of a film distribution company, Dublin Film Distributors, and is responsible for their new content acquisition.
Donal is particularly interested in joining the Board of the IIA to help champion the area of Content 360; essentially enabling businesses to reap the benefits of using content across all media; internet, mobile and TV.
Jason Roe is an Internet Consultant who specialises in web development, search engine optimisation (SEO) and social media. He has been working in the Internet and Technology sector for the last six years and was previously involved in a number of high profile projects such as CRO.ie, Independent.ie, Herald.ie and more recently in social media innovations by Enterprise Ireland.
Jason is a strong advocate of blogging, coworking and the development of regional events, networking and training opportunities. He is active at the grassroots level and is involved in organising BTW meetups and Bizcamp.ie.