BT Ireland CEO Colm O’Neill named new chairman of TIF

1 Sep 2014

BT Ireland chief executive and new TIF chairman Colm O'Neill (left) with Torlach Denihan, TIF director

BT Ireland chief executive Colm O’Neill has been appointed chairman of The Ibec Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF).

BT Ireland is one of the leading ICT players on the island of Ireland, with annual revenues of stg£661m and more than 1,800 employees.

O’Neill joined BT in 2009 as managing director for business and was appointed CEO in September 2011.

He is a member of the board of the Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and the board of Business in the Community in Northern Ireland. 

Communications at the heart of Ireland’s innovation economy

“Communications technology has transformed our working and social lives and is at the heart of Ireland’s innovation economy,” O’Neill said upon taking on the chairmanship of TIF.

“The members of TIF are committed to ensuring that Ireland remains a globally competitive economy and this is evident in the industry’s €2.5bn investment in Ireland’s telecommunications infrastructure over the past five years. 

“I’m proud to represent an industry that employs 20,000 professionals who deliver mission-critical services every day. From fibre-broadband rollout, to 4G capability, to data centres and cloud-based services, this industry is the linchpin that provides instant connectivity to people, services, entertainment and information on demand,” O’Neill said.

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