ConnectIreland names Joanna Murphy as its new CEO

29 Jul 2015

ConnectIreland, which turns referrals into jobs in Ireland, has appointed Joanna Murphy as its new CEO.

ConnectIreland, the IDA-backed body set up to incentivise overseas referrals that turn into job creation projects in Ireland, has appointed Joanna Murphy as its new CEO.

At ConnectIreland, Murphy previously held the position of chief operations officer. She takes over the CEO role from Michael McLoughlin.

Under McLoughlin’s leadership, over 50 projects that came from referrals created over 1,500 jobs.

“Joanna has a strong track record and a passion and enthusiasm for ConnectIreland that is second to none,” said ConnectIreland chairman Terry Clune.

“Her experience for growing new practices and developing relationships has been invaluable.”

As COO Murphy, spearheaded ConnectIreland’s brand development, forging partnerships with Dublin Airport Authority, Aer Lingus and the GAA.

“Ultimately we owe all our success to our connectors and to the amazing support we receive from leading organisations, community action groups, business networks, county councils and many others,” Murphy said.

“To be involved in an initiative that has been so warmly embraced by our diaspora and the Irish public has been a pleasure for me and for the ConnectIreland team as a whole.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years