Information Age Appointments

The Clare Champion, Friday, December 5th, 1997

Moves on implementing Ennis’ Designated status as Ireland’s first “Information Age Town”, which was announced last October, were advanced this week when Telecom Éireann announced the appointment of a project manager for the £15 million venture.

John Culligan will oversee all the technological advancements that will be put in place in Ennis over the next five years. Initially, he will be based in a temporary Information Age Office in the Ennis Business Centre in Francis Street before moving to a purpose built headquarters on Bank Place.

John who is a native of Killimer, was educated at Burrane N.S., Kilrush C.B.S. before graduating from Maynooth College with a first class honours degree in Science. John joined Telecom Éireann in 1980 and was involved in the commissioning of the first digital exchanges that were installed in both Ennis and Limerick during the early 1980’s.

On moving to Limerick District, John co-ordinated the conversion of the manual exchanges to automatic working in the Kilrush, Ennistymon and Scariff areas. In 1989 he was appointed Commercial Manager for Limerick District and was responsible for the setting up and opening of the Ennis Telecentre in late 1991.

In early 1995 John spent six months in Telecom Éireann’s sales and marketing office in Connecticut, U.S.A. On his return John was appointed Business Sales Manager with responsibility for the top 1,000 customers in the region.

During 1996 John worked with SFADCo on the establishment of the first ready-to-use Direct Marketing facility in Ireland. The facility has led to CFI setting up a Telemarketing operation in Shannon which will give employment to 500 people over the next few years. Meanwhile, Telecom Éireann have this week advertised for another project manager who will work closely with John Culligan and the Ennis Task Force which did so much to secure the Information Age Town for Ennis.

A further boost to the information age project has been heralded with the appointment of Des McLaughlin as the overall manager of the venture. Mr. McLaughlin joined Telecom Éireann in 1978 and in 1984 moved to the Corporate Planning Department.

In 1987 Des became Business Manager, International Business, and was responsible for the development of international submarine cable and satellite systems. He then moved overseas to head up Telecom Éireann’s sales and marketing office in Connecticut, where he held the position of Senior Vice-President for North America. While in the States, Des was responsible for supporting existing U.S. businesses with operations in Ireland, while selling Telecom Éireann to businesses considering a European base.

In 1995 Des returned to Ireland at Head of Product Development. Following a short time with Indigo, he took up a position within Business Process Re-Engineering in Telecom Éireann. With his expert knowledge of Telecom Éireann and previous experience spanning a wide portfolio within the company, Des is well placed to oversee and manage the establishment of Ennis as Ireland’s Information Age Town.

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