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Cora Leadership Team
Cora Systems was born out of the passion to help enterprises power transformation. Our Executive Management team draw from a range of blue chip companies with a deep understanding of the nuances of project management, consulting and software. The leadership and commitment to innovation of this team is what drives our company and is integral to fulfilling Cora's vision.
Philip worked for a decade in engineering and management roles, primarily for the telecommunications industry, before founding Cora in 1999. Drawing on 30 years’ experience in the portfolio and project management industry, he has built a global client base across Ireland, the UK, Europe and USA. He previously held positions with major US multinationals, including 3Com, Tellabs, DSC and Pulse Engineering. Philip is an electronic systems engineering graduate of Ulster University. In his spare time, Philip enjoys a game of Golf, Roscommon Gaelic Games and basically anything with a ball. His family is important to him and spending time with them is second to none for him.
Pat helps to shape the direction of Cora’s award-winning solutions. He has previously worked for Brother Industries, 3Com, Tellabs, DSC Communications and Alcatel. Pat is responsible for Cora’s technical vision and in leading all aspects of technology development. Pat is a graduate of Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, and Sligo Institute of Technology. When not working, Pat enjoys following Mayo in their quest for All-Ireland Gaelic football glory. He also reads both novels and non-fiction books as a break from technology.
Sarah is a chartered accountant who trained with KPMG and is a science graduate of University College Cork. She previously spent over 10 years with Petroceltic International plc where she held several senior roles, including CFO, Group Financial Controller and Investor Relations Officer. She was subsequently CFO of Oasis Group during its private equity sale in 2017. Sarah has been involved in the exponential growth of companies and is experienced in raising equity and debt finance. Sarah joined Cora in 2017 and is responsible for the strategic financial direction of the business. In her free time, Sarah enjoys sailing and family outings on the River Shannon.
Head of Marketing
Susanne has been with Cora since April 2017. A graduate of the MSc. in Marketing from Institute of Technology, Sligo, Susanne is known for her innovative thinking and her unique mix of strategic, creative and technical capabilities. Over the years, she has created content, managed events, driven social media strategies, shaped brand architectures and built online/offline communities for a range of organizations in the technology, engineering and third-level education sectors.
Outside of work, you’ll usually find her showjumping, in the gym or on Instagram.
Head of Solutions Engagement Team
Derry has been with Cora for over a decade and worked on multiple implementations of the Cora solution across all industry verticals. He has held several senior roles in the company – including professional services manager; account services manager; head of Cora’s customer success team and head of delivery – before assuming his current role. Previously, Derry worked with global software firm FINEOS as head of training and in the business consulting and support teams as well in the banking sector with Permanent TSB and Irish Life. Derry graduated with a Business Studies Degree from Institute of Technology, Sligo. A keen armchair follower of all sports, he’ll most likely be seen supporting the Irish Rugby Team and Liverpool, for his sins.
VP Client Engagement, North America
Lydia brings significant experience of high-tech sales to Cora Systems. Lydia has been in the PPM industry supporting new business development and existing customers relationships for seven years. During previous employment, she helped the company become a leading player in the PPM space in North America, growing sales, including the capture of the company’s largest client, managing customer relationships and overseeing a vast team of sales executives. Prior to software sales, Lydia’s primary background consisted of both clinical and non-clinical healthcare positions with the change in career path as a result of her passion for both sales and project management. Outside of work she enjoys spending time traveling, hosting gatherings and attending sporting events with family, friends and her dogs.
Head of Delivery
Fionán is an accomplished senior IT professional with 18+ years of industry experience in leading large application and transformation programs in multinational environments; across the financial, government and Insurance sectors.
He joined Cora from FINEOS, where his proven track record of vendor management and customer engagement ensured the delivery of high-quality projects, focusing on engaging staff and understanding business requirements, change management, and a strategic approach to deliver successful outcomes that improve key business capabilities.
Nick is one of the key members of Cora’s management team. Prior to becoming Product Owner, he was head of the Delivery Team and has managed a number of customer implementations. Nick has a strong technical background in IT in development, design and delivery roles. Previous to Cora, he was responsible for Process Improvement and System Design in Aviva’s European Centre of Excellence, more recently working in Egenera, designing and delivering software to manage cloud-based IT environments. He holds a diploma in Strategic Management from the Irish Management Institute as well as a postgraduate diploma (distinction) in Java, Cloud Computing and Android. In his spare time, his interests include gardening and travel.
Head of Quality Assurance
Paul’s background is as a senior test engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. He has vast experience in several areas of the sector, including test analysis and design, test automation, test management aligned with agile methodologies. He has particular experience developing automated tests using Selenium and C#. He graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology with a postgraduate degree in Applied Computing and has also acquired ISTQB certification. Outside of work he enjoys playing soccer regularly, cycling, hiking and playing the guitar badly.
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