13 February 2018
By Bryan Smyth
The CEIA, Cork’s Technology Network, has appointed Boston Scientific Chief Operations Officer Cathal Reilly as the new Chair of the industry association at the Annual General Meeting held in the Maryborough Hotel, Cork. Cathal Reilly assumes the role from outgoing Chair Sean Moran, Vice President of Operations & Plant Manager at Sanmina who has successfully served the 2 year term.
Founded in 1984, the CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network represents high tech companies in the Cork region providing a platform for member companies within IT, electronic and engineering sectors.
Speaking at his appointment as Chair, Cathal Reilly said: “I am honoured to represent CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network as Chair. The CEIA is a vital organisation for industry in the region, particularly in bringing together technology and manufacturing multinationals and indigenous organisations in the Cork region. We collaborate to create new business opportunities, identify and address issues facing our sectors and through engagement with the second and third level educational institutions on training and graduate programmes to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness of our member organisations.”
The CEIA provides ongoing learning and transfer of knowledge for both IT professionals and engineers, but also for students with an interest in working in ICT, Science and Engineering through their education and schools programme. Programmes run by the CEIA include a robotics competition for schools, the ‘HighTechElec’ transition year work experience programme and free maths tutorials for Leaving Cert HL and Mentor a Parent programme to name a few.
“Ireland hosts some of the best electronics companies in the world and in order for these companies to flourish there is a need to produce a highly skilled, capable and innovative workforce. The CEIA has been on the ground for a number of years helping to drive the STEM agenda a variety of different initiatives in the Region,” said Malachy McIlroy, CEIA.
For more information on CEIA programmes and initiatives see www.ceia.ie