Datapac’s Karen O’Connor named as 2017 Women in Technology Finalist

Datapac KarenDatapac, Ireland’s leading ICT solutions provider, has today announced that its General Manager and Cheekpoint native, Dr. Karen O’Connor, has been named as a finalist for the Women Mean Business: Woman in Technology Award 2017.

Karen, who currently resides in Ferrybank, Waterford, features alongside other high profile business leaders who have been nominated for displaying excellence in their field. The prestigious awards celebrate diversity in business and recognise women in business for their outstanding and inspiring contributions.

Karen has earned and enjoyed many successes in her role at Datapac and as a business leader and has recently successfully completed her Doctorate in Business Administration at Waterford IT, demonstrating her commitment to the continual pursuit of excellence business. In her time as General Manager at Datapac, Karen has transformed the managed services division, driving growth and innovation for the company as evidenced by a recent €2.1M investment leading to the creation of 35 new jobs at its Network Operations Centre in Enniscorthy.

As well as strategic business development, Karen has a specialist focus on the training, development and mentoring of colleagues. She has championed work placement programmes for students and graduates, which importantly encourage young people to consider careers in STEM, as the technology sector in Ireland continues to grow. Karen believes in workplace diversity and empowers business colleagues at all levels to be at the forefront of innovation and success in the Irish tech sector.

As a director and board member of the Wexford Chamber of Commerce, Karen is passionate about job creation in local communities and is a huge advocate of corporate and social responsibility programmes. Karen is deeply involved with Datapac’s work with various charities, community groups and local businesses, including Datapac’s continued support of the Solas Cancer Support Centre’s Run and Walk for Life, which takes place this year in Waterford city on the 8th October.

The Women Mean Business Conference & Awards 2017 will be held on Monday 2nd October in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, where Karen and other female role models will share their stories and promote women in business. The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D., will provide the opening address at this high profile event.


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