Ahead of this year’s first Web Summit to be held outside of Ireland, the company’s Dublin-based office is to take on more than 100 staff across 2016.
Pretty much everyone now knows that the Web Summit as an Irish event is no more, at least for the foreseeable future, with it having decided to accept the Portuguese government’s offer and host it there for the first time in 2016.
Despite its decision to move the event elsewhere in Europe, the event’s co-founder Paddy Cosgrave was adamant that much of the organisational work that goes into hosting such an enormous event will remain based in Dublin.
And now, the Web Summit has announced that it will hire more than 100 staff in 2016 to accommodate the major changes that come with hosting an event internationally.
Former head of Google sales recruited
In a post to the Web Summit’s blog page, Cosgrave said that the jobs will cover a wide spectrum of roles, particularly in the positions of sales, engineering and data science, with all of these roles to be based in the capital.
One of the first hires it has made in 2016, it also announced, was Giuseppe Vitulano, Google’s former head of sales in EMEA, who has joined Web Summit to lead the sales teams there.
In 2015, the Web Summit hired 73 staff and, in a lighthearted tweet, Cosgrave said that just two of them were from his alma mater, Trinity College Dublin, which referenced a previous claim of bias that Cosgrave favoured the university ahead of other Irish institutions.
We hired 73 people in 2015 (71 not from TCD:)). We're hiring many, many more in 2016 into our Dublin HQ.https://t.co/K8d1qTE9p3
— Paddy Cosgrave (@paddycosgrave) February 16, 2016
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Paddy Cosgrave image via Web Summit/Flickr