Board members

BOARD MEMBERS

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CLARE COLHOUN

Chief Executive Officer

As 8over8’s Chief Executive Officer, Clare Colhoun is responsible for setting the company’s overall strategic direction. Clare has over 20 years of diverse business experience in capital project intensive markets and has driven profitable growth at 8over8 since December 2000. Before joining 8over8, Clare held executive positions in business development, strategic planning and Finance in global blue chip businesses. Clare has created successful joint ventures and secured new business in many parts of the globe including Russia, Kazakhstan and North America. Clare holds an MBA from London Business School; is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has a BA in Finance from Dublin City University.
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DECLAN GRIBBIN

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of 8over8, Declan has extensive experience in the architecture and development of large scale web-based enterprise solutions. Since 8over8’s formation he has worked closely with customers in the oil and gas market to ensure the architecture, development and delivery of the 8over8 product set has remained focused on meeting their key challenges. He continues to apply his technical leadership in setting the technical direction that drives product development and research at 8over8, while advising the management team on all aspects of technology-driven market changes and long term visions and strategies. Declan holds a B.A. Hons in Business Management and MSc in Computer Science.
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RICHARD LONGDON

Director – AVEVA Group PLC

Richard Longdon received an engineering training in the defence industry then gained experience in the project management of high value engineering projects. He moved into sales and held a series of international sales and marketing positions. He joined AVEVA in 1984 and, shortly afterwards, was made marketing manager for the process products. In January 1992 he relocated to Frankfurt, where he was responsible for setting up and running the Group’s German office. He returned to the UK as part of the management buyout team in 1994, taking responsibility for the Group’s worldwide sales and marketing activities, before being appointed Managing Director in May 1999. He took over as Group Chief Executive in December 1999.
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MARTYN WARD

Director – AVEVA Group PLC

Martyn joined AVEVA in April 2014 in a new role heading up Regional Operations. His responsibilities include driving revenue and profitability growth through stronger and leaner operational practices across the business. An Applied Chemist by education, Martyn has over 20 years’ varied experience leading global commercial and operational teams. Prior to AVEVA Martyn ran the global commercial operation for a Danaher business, gaining extensive experience in new and emerging markets. Martyn’s earlier background is largely biotechnology companies, including 10 years with Thermo Fisher through a period of rapid growth. Change management and improving commercial and operational efficiency have been central to Martyn’s career, which has included a number of interim and turn-round roles in diverse industry sectors.
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JAMES KIDD

Director – AVEVA Group PLC

Appointed 1 January 2011, James is a Chartered Accountant and joined AVEVA in 2004. Prior to his appointment to the Board, James held several senior finance roles within the Group and was Head of Finance from 2006. He joined the Group at the time of the Tribon acquisition and played a significant part in the completion of this transaction and the subsequent integration of the acquired business. His responsibilities have included investor relations, the development of the Group’s overseas subsidiaries, standardisation of financial processes and procedures, as well as being heavily involved in the Group’s recent acquisitions. Prior to joining AVEVA James worked for both Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, serving clients in both transactional and audit engagements.
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JACK LEAHEY

Vice President – Global Sales & Services

Jack brings 30 years of experience in the Oil & Gas and Process and Power industries. Prior to his appointment at 8over8 he was responsible for global sales at ARES PRISM and global business development of Rolta’s Engineering, Oil & Gas and Utilities verticals. Before that Jack spent eleven years at Aspen Technology where he joined the company in the pre public stage helping it grow from an $18M to $350M business.  After Aspen, Jack worked to build up two start-up companies; one in the environmental area and the other in Product life Cycle Management.  Jack has worked at NASA , Morton Thiokol, Tektronics, and Hewlett Packard. He holds a BSc in chemistry with a minor in computer science (Berry College), and a MSc in physical chemistry (University of Alabama at Huntsville).
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JOLANTA PILECKA

Chief Marketing Officer

A seasoned software marketer with a passion for technology and commitment to deliver value to customers. Jolanta joined 8over8 in September 2015, having worked for technology corporates, mid-market software vendors and venture funded start-ups, where she was responsible for the growth strategies. Her focus is to build the global, differentiated 8over8 brand through customer advocacy and engagement programs. Jolanta holds a MSc degree in Digital Systems from the University of Westminster, London, and a MSc in Control Engineering from the University of Warsaw.

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