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DateFriday, July 24, 2009

Top Jobs Change for IIA and ISA

Irish Internet Association and Irish Software Association Top Jobs Vacant as Fergal O'Byrne & Kathryn D'Arcy Move On




IIA Fergal O'ByrneTwo of Ireland's longest established technology associations, the Irish Internet Association (IIA) and the Irish Software Association (ISA) are undergoing change in leadership.



After 4 years at the helm IIA CEO Fergal O'Bryne, is moving on to become CEO of remote video technology company based in Co. Wexford. O'Byrne, who also sits on the board of Irish social network for business,, is due to officially step down at the association's AGM on September 10th, although will continue in his current role until a new CEO is identified and to ensure a smooth transition.



During his 4 year tenure at the IIA, O'Byrne has overseen the substantial growth of the professional body which promotes and represents companies conducting business via the internet from Ireland. With around 550 company memberships, he leaves the organisation in the strongest position it has been in, since its launch in 1997.



The board is confident that the next CEO will continue to build on the excellent position the IIA is in today. Maeve Kneafsey - Chair, IIA and MD, Elucidate, said of O'Byrne's record at the IIA, "Fergal has built the Irish Internet Association into one that provides real value and expertise to its membership and is recognised as the authoritative voice of the Irish Internet industry. His commitment, professionalism and understanding of both the internet sector and the needs of our membership has been exceptional."


Kneafsey continued, "On a personal note I have greatly enjoyed working with such a talented CEO and will miss his input which has seen the membership grow by over 50%, the establishment of 8 active working groups and the engagement in joint industry activities such as the Internet Growth Alliance and the Failte Ireland E Business Development Initiative. I am also confident that the strength of the association will attract some very strong candidates that will see the association further develop services to members, representing the interest of the Internet industry and fulfilling our mission of connecting, informing and educating."



Announcing his departure, O'Byrne, paid testimony to the IIA and its team saying, "This has been a fantastic organisation to be involved in. I have met many enthusiastic business people over the last four years who are committed to making the internet an integral part of their business. I am proud of the work the Association has been able to carry out thanks to a very encouraging Board, chaired by Maeve Kneafsey, an amazing team in Roseanne and Irene, and a membership that has continually supported the work we do."



Meanwhile, Kathryn D'Arcy, has left her position as Director of the Irish Software Association with immediate effect. She had been at the helm only since the start of 2009 when Shane Dempsey was moved to a new position in IBEC.




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