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HEAnet announces the appointment of Ronan Byrne as its new CEO

The Board of Directors of HEAnet has appointed Ronan Byrne as its new CEO.

Ronan Byrne commenced in the role on Monday 16th August 2021 and has succeeded Kerrie Power who led HEAnet for 4 years.

Ronan’s career at HEAnet extends back to 2004 and he has overseen many large-scale programmes over this time, including the development of the Schools Broadband Network, migration of the Institute of Technologies from ITNet, the establishment of the Edugate National Federated Identity Service, delivery of a 100Gb network backbone, and building a high performing Brokerage Services unit that delivers more than €7m savings for the sector annually.

Ronan is a member of the Board of Directors of the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) Association, and a member of the Irish Government’s National Open Research Forum steering group. Ronan also represents HEAnet at the GÉANT General Assembly and is Chair of a GÉANT Network Infrastructure Advisory Committee advising on the upgrade of the pan-European GÉANT network.

In making the announcement, Professor Anne Scott, Chair of the HEAnet Board of Directors, said: “HEAnet is a real asset to Ireland’s education system, delivering common, repeatable and shareable solutions for the sector. Given Ronan’s extensive experience and strong record of accomplishments, I am confident in his ability to lead HEAnet. On behalf of the HEAnet’s Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Ronan, as we look forward to working with him over the coming years.”

Ronan Byrne, HEAnet’s newly appointed CEO said: “It is truly an honour to be appointed as HEAnet CEO. In my role as the Chief Technology Officer, I have had the pleasure to work with great people and I am proud of how far we have come. While recognising our achievements, I also see many opportunities for the future, and I look forward to this next chapter. We will continue to work on behalf of our clients and together with our clients, leveraging our collective strengths in a trusted way.”

Submitted by Barbara Carroll

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Barbara joined HEAnet in November 2020 as PR & Marketing Coordinator. Barbara has over 7 years of marketing experience which includes Brand Management and Product Management at Saint-Gobain Construction Products and Marketing Management in an innovative start-up Smarter Surfaces.

Barbara has a BA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Szczecin, Poland and an MBA from the National College of Ireland.