Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú, Board Member
Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú
March 2017 onwards: Engineering Director, Developer Tools and Signals, Google, Munich, Germany
In this role Mícheál is leading the software engineering efforts of a group of teams based in Munich who work on Developer Infrastructure. The primary users of these tools are internal Google engineers, but some of the tools are also used as part of Google Cloud Platform by external developers.
October 2014 — February 2017: CTO Red Hat Mobile, Red Hat, Waterford, Ireland
After acquisition of FeedHenry Mícheál went on to lead the mobile engineering team inside Red Hat as a Senior Director, Software Engineering. This included direct management of all of the engineers who were developing the mobile products, and also the engineers who kept the online SaaS platform operations (operations staff also called site reliability engineering staff).
September 2010 — September 2014: Co-founder and CTO FeedHenry
Mícheál agreed to become the CTO of FeedHenry, a TSSG/WIT spinout company building a mobile application platform for large enterprises, in 2010 and then led the successful spin out of the company from the TSSG later that year, and played a key role in securing the strategic investment from VMware, and later the Round A investment led by Intel Capital of USD $9M. After a number of years of successful growth the company was acquired by Red Hat in October 2014.
September 1996 — September 2010: Co-founder and Executive Director of Research, TSSG
Mícheál was one the co-founders of Telecommunications Software & Systems Group, a research centre in WIT. It has grown from around 5 people in 1996 to 150 in August 2010 (120 March 2015), spinning out companies employing a further 100-200 people, and has won over €60Million in funding from Irish and European funding agencies.
Mícheál was Executive Director Research for the TSSG from 2004 to 2010, where he had responsibility for all of the basic and applied R&D activity (i.e. all SFI, HEA PRTLI and EU funded projects) which made up around two thirds of all TSSG activity at this time.
Prior to taking over as Executive Director Research, from 1999-2004, his main areas of responsibility were in strategic infrastructure for the group and managing the research process for the research students in the TSSG.
Over this period Mícheál was also involved in a series of commercial spin-off activities.
Mícheál was a member of 2nd and 3rd Academic Councils in WIT (Jan 1998 to Apr 2004) and served on the Research Subcommittee and the Support Committee.