Chairman, GconnTec & Founder, Host in Ireland Founder and Co-Chair of he GDPR Awareness Coalition
Garry Connolly has over 20 years of both entrepreneurial and executive experience in assisting foreign direct investment companies to achieve global success. Garry currently serves as President and Founder of Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location. This initiative, established in 2014, is comprised of partner organizations throughout the Irish digital assets hosting industry and beyond whose purpose is to achieve the common goal of sustained data center expansion throughout Ireland via collaboration and a focus on providing timely and accurate information at all times. In his role, Garry oversees the direction and promotion of the initiative to further promote Ireland as an optimum location to host digital assets. He is also responsible for the recruitment and support of the initiative’s sponsors and partners.
Garry is also the Founding Partner of GconnTec, where he provides various companies seeking to get established and expand their footprint within the EMEA region with recruitment, voice/data infrastructure sourcing, IT, hosting and other core business support. Prior to GconnTec, Garry served as Co-founder of 4front International Group, a company that supports customers looking to relocate, expand or invest in Ireland. He also co-founded Engage Technologies, Ltd., where, after a successful acquisition of Bellscan in 2000, he effectively redesigned and re-mastered the company’s portfolio of products for the Web and in 2004, changed the platform from a closed operating environment to an open standards-based platform.
In 1994, Garry co-founded BridgeCom, the leading voice and data systems integration company in Ireland, prior to its acquisition by Esat Telecom (BT Ireland) in 1998. His professional tenure also includes various management, sales and sales engineering positions in the telecommunications industry, including British Telecom Professional Services, ICL Fujitsu and BA Systems.