IMDO announces two new appointments to key management positions

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edel-oconnorkelli-omalleyThe Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has announced two new appointments to the organisation’s management team in recent weeks.

Dr Edel O’Connor (pictured left) joins the IMDO as Business Development Manager, and Kelli O’Malley joins as Marketing & Communications Manager.

Dr O’Connor holds a doctorate in computer science from DCU and recently received a Diploma in Management from the Irish Management Institute. Over the past number of years, she has led the strategic development and implementation of the national marine technology programme and associated SmartOcean initiative. This programme has worked to ‘marinise’ Ireland’s existing strengths across ICT and engineering to drive innovation in new areas of the blue economy. In this role, she spearheaded a number of highly successful events promoting Ireland’s digital ocean opportunity and enabling technology companies to drive new forms of innovation in marine using Ireland as a test-bed.

Dr O’Connor also led the development of international partnerships across research and industry, supporting the growth of Ireland’s reputation as an attractive place to do business in this sector. She has also been closely involved with the strategic development of actions associated with Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, and in particular supported the work of the Development Task Force.

Ms O’Malley joins the IMDO as Marketing & Communications Manager, with responsibility for the planning and implementation of the IMDO’s marketing and communications activities both in Ireland and abroad. She has previously held similar roles with the Institute of Directors in Ireland, Chambers Ireland and various PR agencies and holds an M.A. in Public Relations from Dublin Institute of Technology, a B.A. in English & Economics from UCD and a Certificate in Public Affairs from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII).

Commenting, Liam Lacey, Director, Irish Maritime Development Office, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dr Edel O’Connor and Kelli O’Malley to the IMDO team. The knowledge, experience and expertise that Edel and Kelli bring to the organisation further strengthens our position to provide top class support to national and international maritime businesses based in Ireland and those considering doing business here. I very much look forward to working with Edel and Kelli in continuing to achieve our aim of being the focal point for maritime business in Ireland.”