Palo Alto—the Irish Technology Leadership Group hosted its annual Silicon Valley Global Awards celebration yesterday, recognising and celebrating the achievements of 50 Irish and Irish-American technology leaders making a significant impact in their field. The highest honor of the evening, the Distinguished Leadership Award, was presented to Cork native, Dr. Ann Kelleher, who was recognized for her work as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group at Intel Corporation.

Heather Humphreys, Ireland’s Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, was guest of honor and gave an overview of the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Ireland. She also discussed how business leaders within the diaspora promote Ireland’s technology sector and inspire young Irish firms to achieve traction in the US market. Addressing the tech leaders, Minister Humphreys said: “When we go out to sell Ireland as a business destination, both at home and overseas, success stories like yours do wonders for our narrative. You are also excellent role models for younger Irish people breaking into the world of tech. I have no doubt that many of you already act as mentors to these budding trailblazers, and would like to strongly encourage you to continue to along this path. As we say in Irish: ‘tarraingíonn scéal scéal eile’ or ‘one story always leads to another’.”


Since 2007, the ITLG has worked to strengthen and support the bridge between Ireland and Silicon Valley by highlighting and bringing together leaders of Ireland’s diaspora who now work and reside in the valley. This year’s Silicon Valley 50 list includes founders, chief executives and VPs of some of the most recognisable technology brands worldwide including Google, Intel, Oracle, Salesforce, and Microsoft. Also recognized this year were members of the ITLG Hall of Fame, those who have been nominated as an SV50 honoree three of more times. 2018’s Hall of Famers include executives from Intel, Stripe, Intuit, Square, Disney, Google, Apple, Netflix, Amazon, HP Labs, Andreessen Horowitz, Pinterest, and Silicon Valley Bank.


The keynote speaker for the evening was Aaron Levie, Co-Founder and CEO of Box, the world’s leading enterprise data storage and sharing company. Guest speakers included Dr. Craig Barrett, former Chairman and CEO of Intel and current chairman of the ITLG, as well as ITLG Founder & President, John Hartnett. A female panel included Dr. Alison Darcy, Founder and CEO of Woebot, Anne-Marie Farrell, Head of Small Business Marketing at Google, and Katie McMahon, VP & General Manager at SoundHound Inc. The panel comes as part of the recent formation of ITLG’s Women in Technology (WIT) group, focused on the mentorship, networking and promotion of female leadership in the technology sector.


The 2018 Silicon Valley 50:

John Abel, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Ellie Mae

Grainne Barron, Founder and CEO, ViddyAd

Tadhg Bourke, Director Global Employee Services, Netflix

Matthew Bradley, SVP, Product Development for Enterprise Performance Management, Oracle

Dave Burke, Vice President of Engineering, Google

Rory Cameron, EVP, Calliduscloud

Cormac Conroy, Corporate Vice President & General Manager, Intel

Ruth Cotter, CHRO, SVP Worldwide Marketing and Investor Relations, AMD

Stuart Coulson, Investor, Lecturer at Stanford, Stanford

Alison Darcy, Co-founder / CEO, Woebot

John Denniston, Chairman, Shared-X

Brian Desmond, Chief Marketing Officer, Guidewire Software

Martin Devenney, COO & SVP Manufacturing, Nanosys

David Doyle, President & Managing Director, HEIDENHAIN Corporation

Gerard Dywer, CFO, Waymo

Anne-Marie Farrell, Head of Small Business Marketing, Google

Laura Fay, Founding Member, Health Tech Capital; Head of research, TSIA, Health Tech Capital, TSIA

Carmel Galvin, Chief HR Officer, Autodesk

Oisin Hanrahan, Co-Founder & CEO, Handy

James Hart, Global Vice President, MainStreaming

Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Innovation Incubation and Experiments in Arts and Technology, Nokia Bell Labs

John Hughes, Cofounder; VP, TubeMogul, Adobe

Peggy Johnson, EVP, Business Development, Microsoft

Noel Kenehan, VP & CTO Emerging Business, Ericson

Dan Kiely, Founder & CEO, Voxpro

Linda Kiely, Co-Founder, Voxpro

Elaine Laird, VP Of Global Supply Chain, Logitech

Ciaran Lee, CTO, Intercom

Pearse Lyons, Founder & President, Alltech

Liam Madden, SVP, Xilinx

John Malloy, General Partner & Founder, BlueRun Ventures

Seamus McAteer, GM, AIsense

Kevin McCarthy, GM Finance – CFO Consumer and Device Sales, Microsoft

Angela McKenna, SVP HR, Salesforce

Barbara Murphy, VP Marketing,

Phelim O’Doherty, VP, Communications Cloud, Oracle

Ray O’Farrell, CTO, EVP, VMware

Pat Phelan, Founder Trustev; SVP TransUnion, Trustev

Peter Real, SVP & CTO, Analog

Vincent Roche, CEO, Analog

Colin Ryan, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Anita Sands, Board Member, Symantec

Colum Slevin, Head of Experiences, Oculus VR

Ray Smith, SVP at Callidus; Co-founder & GM of DataHug, Callidus Cloud, DataHug

Maire Sogabe, Chief of Staff to the Chief Security Officer, PG&E

Denise Tormey, President & Co-Founder, PlanNet21 Communications

John Wall, CFO, Cadence

Danny wallace, Partner at PwC, PwC

John Wrenn, VP Information Technology, Enterprise Applications, Flex

Andrew Wright, CEO, Waterbit


The 2018 Hall of Fame:

Kevin Barrett, Chief Evangelist Content Management Platform at Medidata Solutions

Craig Barrett, Former Chairman & CEO at Intel Corporation

Shane Buckley, Senior Vice President at NetGear

Margaret Burgraff, Vice President at Intel Corporation

Chris Buddin, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs

James Carroll, Chief Platform and Globalization Officer at Go Daddy

Liam Casey, Founder & CEO at PCH Internatonal

John Collison, Co-Founder & President at Stripe

Patrick Collison, Co-Founder & Content Strategist at Stripe

Adele Cooper, UK & Ireland Country Manager at Pinterest

Sean Cunningham, Managing Director at Trident Capital Cybersecurity

John Donahoe, Chair of the Board at PayPal

Caroline Donahue, Former CMO at Intuit

Rory Dooley, GM at Jaybird, SVP & GM at Ultimate Ears

Caroline Dowling, President, Communications & Enterprise Compute at Flex

Una Fox, VP Digital Marketing Technology at The Walt Disney Company

Sarah Friar, CFO and Operations Lead at Square

John Gilmore, COO, Noon Home

Kieran Hannon, Chief Marketing Officer at Belkin International

John Hartnett, Founder & CEO, SVG Partners; Founder & President, ITLG

Claire Hayes, Managing Director at PWC

Trevor Healy, Co-founder & Managing Partner at SansaA

John Herlihy, VP and Managing Director, EMEA at LinkedIn

PJ Hough, SVP, Senior Product Officer at Citrix

Claire Lee, Head of Early Stage at Silicon Valley Bank

Brian Long, Founder & Managing Partner, Atlantic Bridge Ventures

Rory McInerney, Corporate Vice President at Intel

Bill McKiernan, President at WSM Capital LLC

Katie McMahon, Vice President & General Manager, Consumer Business, SoundHound Inc.

Monique Meche, Vice President, Global Public Policy at Netflix

Mairtini NiDhomhnaill, Founder, Countsy

Eddie O’Brien, Global Channel Chief at Dropbox

Niall O’Connor, Chief Information Officer at Apple

Rory O’Driscoll, Partner at Scale Venture Partners

John O’Farrell, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

John O’Grady, Senior VP at Eastman Kodak

Barry O’Sullivan, CEO at Altocloud, Advisor to CEO at Genesys

John Ryan, Former Co-founder, Chairman & CEO at Macrovision

Jacinta Tobin, SVP Global Sales at Polyverse

Lorraine Twohill, Head of Marketing at Google

Niall Wall, SVP Business Development & Emerging Businesses at Box

Shane Wall, HP Chief Technology Officer, Global Head of HP Labs



Established in October 2007 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, the Irish Technology Leadership Group is a non-profit organization comprised of senior executives from some of the world’s leading corporations, each of whom is committed to promoting the technology connection between Ireland, Silicon Valley and USA. The network of 20,000 Irish diaspora has four key focus areas of supporting Entrepreneurship, Female Leadership, Young Innovators and Education.

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