Mike Maloney, the man at the helm of Gateway computers when it closed its European production plant at Clonshaugh in August 2001 with the loss of 900 jobs, has returned to the top echelons of the Irish ICT industry with his appointment as chief operating officer of Esat BT.
Maloney, who takes up the position on 17 January, will report to Esat BT chief executive Bill Murphy.
Murphy commented: “I am very pleased that Mike will be joining us. His depth of experience on both a national and international level will greatly enhance our capability as a major IT and network services player in the Irish market.”
Maloney added: “I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic organisation that is poised to deliver some very innovative and ground-breaking technologies to the consumer and business markets. The convergence market is in its infancy and Esat BT has invested and positioned itself well to capitalise on the market opportunity.”
Maloney held several senior management positions in sales, marketing and operations for both the EMEA and Asian-Pacific regions at Gateway including that of managing director of Gateway Ireland, a position he took up in mid-1999. Following the closure of the computer maker, Maloney joined EuroCommerce, a software services company providing global payment processing and related services to large multinational merchants. Prior to Gateway, Maloney worked with Digital Equipment Corporation (later bought out by Compaq).
By Brian Skelly