TSSG appoint ITLG’s John Hartnett as Chairman of Board
PRESS RELEASE-Waterford, Ireland – SEPT 21, 2011John Hartnett, Founder and President of the ITLG, to Chairman of its Board.
Barry Downes, Executive Director, TSSG Innovation and Commercialisation said, “We are delighted that John Hartnett is joining to Chair our Board. John’s leadership at such well known companies as Palm, HandSpring, Metacreations, Claris, AT&T, and Digital Equipment will be a valuable asset to the TSSG as we continue our industry-driven research and commercialisation strategy. John has a deep understanding of the challenges facing Ireland in creating new technology companies and, in addition, the ITLG opens up additional opportunities for Irish software companies in Silicon Valley” he said.
Based at WIT, the TSSG is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation. Since 1996, it has worked with over 425 academic and industry leaders around the globe, and is a valuable resource for the domestic ICT industry. Since 2006, TSSG has engaged with over 90 Irish companies to help improve their competitiveness through problem solving, R&D, knowledge transfer and technology development projects.
“The establishment of the TSSG Board supports the TSSG’s commitment to leverage its world class Telecoms and Internet science and innovation for the benefit of both Irish industry and Irish economy”, said Dr. Willie Donnelly, Head of Research and Innovation for WIT and Director, TSSG.
“I am delighted to chair the TSSG Board, I am looking forward to bringing a global industry perspective and to create a gateway to Silicon Valley for WIT & TSSG”, said John Hartnett.
In addition to Mr. Harnett, the TSSG Board is comprised of a number of leading Irish industry executives, who provide strategic support and advice to help the TSSG deliver its research, innovation and commercialisation strategy for the benefit of Irish Industry.
The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) is an independent organisation headquartered in Silicon Valley comprised of high-level technology leaders around the world who are Irish or Irish-American.
The ITLG includes senior executives from some of the Valley’s leading corporations, each of whom are committed to promoting the technology connection between Ireland and Silicon Valley, and helping Ireland address the challenges of embracing new technology opportunities.
A seasoned executive, Mr. Hartnett was previously Chief Executive Officer at G24 Innovations, and before that was Senior Vice President of Global Markets at Palm, Inc., where he was responsible for worldwide sales, service and support. Mr. Hartnett was also Executive Vice President of worldwide operations, service, support and eCommerce at Handspring, Inc. and was an integral member of the executive leadership team that led the 2003 merger of Handspring and palmOne to form what is known today as Palm Inc.
Based in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), the TSSG conducts research that addresses the transformation of the telecommunications industry, with a focus on network management and mobile services. The TSSG is at forefront of communications management for networks and services in Europe and is recognised as one of the top European Institutes (industry and academic) driving the specification of the “Future Internet”. For more information visit: www.tssg.org
About the ITLG
Established in October 2007, the ITLG is an independent organization comprised of a number of high-level technology leaders in Silicon Valley who are Irish or Irish-American. The Group includes senior executives from some of the Valley’s leading corporations, each of whom are committed to promoting the technology connection between Ireland and Silicon Valley, and helping Ireland address the challenges of embracing new technology opportunities. For more information visit: www.itlg.org
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