Xilinx CIO receives IVI award for outstanding achievements

11 Sep 2014

Kevin Cooney, global CIO, Xilinx

Chipmaker Xilinx’s Irish global CIO Kevin Cooney has been recognised by the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) for his achievements in the field of IT and his contribution to the indigenous and multinational IT sector.

Cooney has been presented with the IVI Leader in IT Value Award at the IVI Autumn Summit in Dublin.

Chip giant Intel and Maynooth University co-founded the IVI in 2006 to help drive the transformation of IT management and to create a global gold standard for best practice in IT management. The institute researches and promotes proven and industry-validated IT best practice in collaboration with leading academic and industry practitioners.

Xilinx, a global fabless semiconductor maker, employs 300 people at its EMEA headquarters in Dublin and has engineering operations in Dublin and Cork.

Influential IT leadership

Martin Delaney, general manager, IVI; Prof Philip Nolan, president, Maynooth University; Kevin Cooney, global CIO, Xilinx, and winner of 2014 IVI Leader in IT Value Award

Cooney joined Xilinx Ireland in 1995, where he subsequently became a board member and IT director of the Irish operation.

He was appointed global CIO in 2005 and managing director of Xilinx Europe in 2009.

Presenting the award, Prof Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University said, “Kevin Cooney is recognised at a national and international level as a change agent through his roles in Xilinx and the Irish Computer Society, as well as an outstanding example of how to manage IT as a business. 

“He is one of the most dynamic and influential IT leaders in Ireland, EMEA and Silicon Valley.” 

Previous award winners include Andy Bryant, executive VP and CAO, Intel (currently chairman of the board of Intel Corporation); Niall O’Connor, CIO, Apple; Rebecca Jacoby, CIO and senior VP, Cisco IT and Cloud and Systems Management Technology Group; Frank Franovsky, VP, Hardware Design and Supply Chain Operations, Facebook; and Bob Jones, head of CERN Openlab.

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