New MD at Microsoft’s Irish operations, Paul Rellis, moving to Europe job

12 Oct 20122.52k Views

Microsoft has confirmed that Cathriona Hallahan is to be the new managing director of Microsoft’s Irish division and will take up her new role on 1 February next year. Previous MD Paul Rellis has been promoted to lead Microsoft’s business and marketing operations at Microsoft’s Western European operations.

Hallahan, who was previously managing director of Microsoft’s EMEA Operations Centre, has been with Microsoft since 1986, when she joined the company as an accounts clerk in the finance department.

She progressed consistently through the organisation, holding senior roles in finance, call centre and channel management, in the MBS business and operations.

She has also held global responsibility in the company’s customer and partner experience.

Hallahan is also a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce and VHI Healthcare.

Rellis will take up his European responsibilities on 1 February. He will continue in his role as serving president of IBEC.

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