IIA seeks new CEO after O’Byrne steps down

24 Jul 2009

The Irish Internet Association (IIA) is on the hunt for a new chief executive after it emerged that after four years at the helm CEO Fergal O’Byrne is moving to pastures new.

O’Byrne will become the new CEO of remote video technology company Sonru.com.

During his four-year tenure, O’Byrne oversaw the substantial growth of the association. He leaves the organisation in the strongest position it has been in, since its launch 13 years ago, the IIA said today.

O’Byrne is due to officially step down at the association’s AGM on 10 September. He will continue in his current role until a new CEO is identified and to ensure a smooth transition to the new CEO.

“Fergal has built the IIA into one that provides real value and expertise to its membership and is recognised as the authoritative voice of the Irish internet industry,” said IIA chair Maeve Kneafsey.

“His commitment, professionalism and understanding of both the internet sector and the needs of our membership has been exceptional. 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 50pc, the establishment of eight 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.”

The IIA owes its origins to its first meeting in the Westbury in 1996,when a group of internet enthusiasts trooped into the room. The IIA since evolved from a group of enthusiasts to a vibrant business group with knowledge-sharing as its core ethos.

“This has been a fantastic organisation to be involved in,” O’Byrne said. “I have met many enthusiastic business people over the past 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.”

By John Kennedy

The Irish Internet Association is calling for expressions of interest in the CEO position. Simply email vacancy@iia.ie with the word CEO Job in the subject line.