Twitter hires its first Dublin employee

17 Nov 2011

Twitter, which is locating its international operations in Dublin, has appointed Laurence O’Brien as financial controller for its EMEA operations, has learned. O’Brien previously worked for enterprise software player Novell and Dublin tech start-up Prime Carrier.

It emerged in September that Twitter is to locate its international headquarters in Dublin, joining other key players in the internet world, including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga and many others.

Dublin had competed intensively against London for the project.

The company has shortlisted buildings in Dublin 2 and Dublin 4 for its offices.

According to O’Brien’s profile on LinkedIn, he has been based at Twitter since October and he will be “responsible for the establishment of Twitter’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin.”

A chartered accountant and UCD Smurfit Business School graduate, prior to Twitter O’Brien worked at Novell for six years, where he was responsible for US GAAP reporting, statutory accounting and treasury management.

Before that he was head of finance at Prime Carrier.

John Kennedy