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Launch of new Ibec sector group, Technology Ireland

Technology Ireland, the new Ibec group representing the sector that was launched today, has stated that Ireland can become a global powerhouse in technology due to the competitive and skills led environment within which companies operate.

The new group brings together Ibec’s ICT Ireland and Irish Software Association (ISA) members to create a powerful advocacy group for the leading Irish owned and foreign direct investment (FDI) companies in the Irish technology sector. The group will be chaired by Zelia Madigan, Managing Director at Ericsson Ireland, and the vice chair will be Jonathan Hyland, CTO at Globoforce.

Launching the new group today, Paul Sweetman, Director of Technology Ireland stated: “It is testament to the strength and scope of the technology industry in Ireland that we have merged together to jointly advocate towards our common goals and ensure a united voice for the Irish technology sector.

“With origins dating back to 1968, Technology Ireland is now the country’s largest and most representative technology sector group, with an unparalleled network of home-grown and international business leaders. Supported by a strong board of Country Managers, CEOs and Founders, Technology Ireland will be the authoritative and united voice driving effective and meaningful change for our sector.”

The current market size of the global technology sector is over $4 trillion and this is expected to grow more than 30% by 2020. With the right policies and initiatives, Ireland can capitalise on this growth. As such, Technology Ireland has five clear goals. These are that Ireland will be:

· The best country in the world for talent and skills in technology companies;

· A global digital leader;

· The best location in the world to start, grow, scale and invest in your business;

· The pre-eminent global location for diversity;

· The most competitive and collaborative business environment for technology companies.

The new chair of Technology Ireland, Zelia Madigan commented during the launch that: “The future of Ireland’s technology sector is very bright and continues to grow at a rapid pace. Ireland is the second largest exporter of technology services in the world and home to 9 of the top 10 technology companies. As Technology Ireland, we will work to create an environment for additional growth of the Irish digital ecosystem with the combination of the world’s leading international and indigenous companies."

About Technology Ireland

Technology Ireland was formally launched on 23 February 2017 with the joining together of Ibec’s ICT Ireland and Irish Software Association (ISA). It aims to create a powerful advocacy group for leading Irish-owned and foreign-direct-investment (FDI) companies in the Irish technology sector. Technology Ireland’s new Chair will be Zelia Madigan, Managing Director at Ericsson and Vice Chair will be Jonathan Hyland, CTO at Globoforce. The new Director is Ibec’s Paul Sweetman.

Zelia Madigan the new Technology Ireland Chair, is Managing Director for Ericsson Ireland, where she leads almost 1,300 employees. With over 15 years' experience in the industry across several markets, Zelia will bring a wealth of knowledge and insight as Chair of Technology Ireland.

Find out more about Technology Ireland at their website which can be found here

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