Excelsys boss retires

Excelsys boss retires

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By Nick Flaherty

Conor Duffy, currently European sales manager, will take over as CEO but Duffy will remain an advisor to Excelsys and continue to sit on the Excelsys Board of Directors.

“After 11 years leading Excelsys, I’m looking forward to stepping back from the day-to-day operations of the business,” said Gary Duffy. “I took over in 2006, relocating the business from Dublin and establishing our headquarters in Cork. Since then we have built up a world-class global team of engineering, operations and sales personnel. With consistent double-digit annual growth rates, we have firmly established Excelsys as the number one modular configurable power systems designer and manufacturer in the world.”

“Conor was the Board’s choice to become the next CEO of Excelsys due to his extensive range of technical, commercial and financial experience within the wider technology sector and the electronics industry in particular,” said John Tracey, Chairman of Excelsys. “As European Sales Manager at Excelsys, he has built a deep understanding of our distribution network, our customers and our end-markets, giving him a clear strategic vision for Excelsys that will meet our demanding growth expectations.”

Conor Duffy joined Excelsys in 2010 as European Sales Manager. He holds an MSc in Technology Management from Smurfit Business School and is an honors Electrical & Electronic Engineering graduate of UCC.

“I am delighted to have been selected by the Board to lead Excelsys through its next phase of growth,” said Conor Duffy. “2016 was a stand-out year on quite a few fronts with a record number of both project wins and new project starts. We also released our CoolX, the world’s first convection-cooled modular platform and saw market reaction exceed all expectations. The short-to-medium-term horizon will see acceleration in new product release from the CoolX platform as we look to increase market penetration. We have a fantastic team here at Excelsys, which continues to grow. It’s an honor for me to take over as CEO at such an exciting time.”

Also being announced today are three additional changes to the Excelsys senior management team. Shane Callanan has been appointed to the new position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from Director of Applications Engineering. “Establishing the CTO role is a significant milestone for Excelsys as we embark on our next phase of growth, and it underpins our determination to stay at the technical forefront of electronic power system design. As CTO, Shane will play a central role in shaping our technology strategy to ensure alignment of our long range product roadmaps with those of our customers,” said Conor Duffy.

Dermot Flynn, director of sales since 2007, will become Director of Sales & Marketing. “The new position of Director of Sales & Marketing reflects the increasing strategic importance of product marketing to our business development processes, and also to our product development activities as we move forward,”said Conor Duffy. “In his new role, Dermot will spearhead our global market segmentation and lead generation programs. He will also oversee the roll-out of an analytics capability to deliver enhanced levels of customer insight through 2017 and beyond.”

In the third change, Brendan Forde becomes Quality and Manufacturing Manager.

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