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Leadership Team

Cora was born out of the passion to help enterprises power transformation.

Our executive management team are drawn 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 Martin

CEO

Philip worked for a decade in engineering and management roles, primarily for the telecom industry, before founding Cora in 1999. Drawing on 30+ years of experience in the portfolio and project management industry, he has built our global client base across Ireland, the UK, Europe, and the USA. He previously held positions with major US multinationals, including 3Com, Tellabs, DSC, and Pulse Engineering. Philip is an electronic system engineering graduate of Ulster University.

In his spare time, Philip enjoys a game of golf, Gaelic games, especially Roscommon’s matches, and basically anything with a ball. His family is important to him and spending time with them is second to none for him.

Pat Henry

CTO

Pat Henry Cora SystemsPat helps to shape the direction of Cora’s award-winning solutions. Previously, he worked for Brother Industries, 3Com, Tellabs, DSC Communications, and Alcatel. Pat is responsible for our technical vision and for 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 novels and non-fiction books when not immersed in technology ideas.

John Fitzgerald

CFO

John Fitzgerald Cora Systems

As the company’s CFO, John manages Cora’s finance and investment strategy. He brings vast experience in growth management, strategic business planning, and institutional investor relationship management. Before joining Cora’s team, John was Group CFO at Smartfrog & Canary Holdings Inc., a global SaaS business, where he grew their revenues significantly, completing a number of acquisitions as well as raising several rounds of funding. Previously, John was VP of Finance & Analytics with CleverCards for almost five years. In his earlier career, he held accounting roles in banking in Ireland and Australia. He is a CPA and holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.

Ron Mechling

CRO

Ron Mechling Cora SystemsRon is responsible for Cora’s scaling and growth story, as he oversees our sales, marketing, and customer success teams. He has over 15 years of experience in the PPM sector. Prior to joining Cora, Ron spent five years at Oracle NetSuite leading its global Professional Services Automation Sales team. Before NetSuite, Ron held roles as VP of Strategy at PGi, GM for Changepoint EMEA & LATAM, Global VP of Sales Operations at Upland, and multiple start-ups with successful exits.

In his spare time, Ron enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, practicing karate, playing golf, and enjoying lake life. He also admits to being a Tottenham Hotspur football fan.

Susanne Kerins

Head of Marketing

Susanne Kerins Cora SystemsSusanne has been with Cora since 2017. A graduate of the MSc. in Marketing degree from the 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 show jumping, in the gym, or on Instagram.

Paul Rees

Head of Client Services

Paul Rees Cora SystemsPaul has 20 years of experience in deploying enterprise project control solutions for owners, operators, and delivery organizations across public and private sectors. He has also gained significant experience in mobilizing digital PPM solutions for major programs in the UK, including High Speed 2, Crossrail, and Thames Tideway Tunnels. Paul has been with Cora since 2016 and prior to his current role, he headed up our UK operations, overseeing both existing accounts as well as new business development. Prior to joining Cora, Paul worked for CH2M HILL’s technology division and a number of consultancies focused on the implementation of project control applications globally. He is a science graduate of the University of Wales, Bangor.

Outside work, Paul enjoys spending time with his family as well as playing rugby, although retirement will surely be calling soon.

Derry Lynch

Head of Customer Success

Derry Lynch Cora SystemsDerry has been with Cora for over a decade and has worked on multiple implementations of our solution across all industry verticals. He has held several senior roles in the company – including professional services manager; account services manager; head of client delivery and head of the solutions engagement team – before assuming his current role. Previously, Derry worked with global software firm FINEOS as head of training and in 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 the Institute of Technology, Sligo.

A keen fan of sports, he’ll most likely be seen supporting the Irish rugby team and Liverpool, for his sins.

Vincent Reynolds

Head of HR

Vincent Reynolds Cora SystemsVincent joined Cora as Head of HR in 2019 following an extensive career in corporate consulting, leading change management projects, and senior management roles in HR and Finance both in Ireland and the USA. One of the things Vincent enjoys most about leading the people side of things at Cora is the unique environment and culture of Cora where everyone is encouraged to be themselves at work and to make their own unique contribution to the business and its customers.

Downtime for Vincent outside of work is spending time with family and enjoying nature, especially the wild Atlantic coast in the west of Ireland.