Innovating for success – Cormac Whelan, Nokia’s CEO, talks to the Northern Ireland businesses

Nokia’s CEO of UK and Ireland, Cormac Whelan, will be the keynote speaker at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Growing Something Brilliant event, in partnership with Electric Ireland, which will take place in the MAC, Belfast on Tuesday 13th November.

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In what will be the second Growing Something Brilliant event of this year, the leadership series seeks to inspire local business people focusing on the importance of inspirational leadership in boosting productivity, performance and success. As keynote speaker, Cormac Whelan, who will be in conversation with BBC News Reporter Mark Simpson, will be discussing leadership, disruption in the marketplace and how to overcome it, as well as innovation and business development.

Originally from Dublin, Cormac will share insights into his own business journey throughout a dynamic and distinguished career path where he has spent more than two decades in a number of global blue-chip organisations as senior executive, gaining extensive experience in sales, marketing, strategic planning and business development. Prior to his current position Cormac led the Alcatel-Lucent business in the UK & Ireland and has also worked in senior roles at BT and international roles at UUNET and Motorola.

In his role as CEO, Cormac leads all operations for the UK & Ireland markets including sales, business management, delivery and operations. Since joining Nokia nearly 8 years ago, Cormac has steered the company through some significant changes using his expertise in strategic planning and change management to build the company’s market credentials.

Commenting on the event, Tony Dunlea, Manager, Business Sales, Electric Ireland, said, “We’re once again delighted to support the Growing Something Brilliant Leadership series providing real valuable support to Northern Ireland businesses. There are both opportunities and challenges ahead for the local business sector which is why it is important to think differently, disrupt and innovate. Our partnership of the series underpins our commitment to support our customers by providing smart solutions for every aspect of their business and we look forward to the insights and learnings Cormac will share with us.”

Also commenting on the event, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, said: “Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry is delighted that Cormac Whelan is able to join us for our next Growing Something Brilliant Leadership event with Electric Ireland. This event will provide our members with an opportunity to hear first-hand from the CEO of a global leader in innovations such as mobile networks, digital health and phones.

“The aim of the Growing Something Brilliant events is to show how exceptional management and leadership can transform a company – and there are few better examples than Cormac Whelan who has led Nokia through some significant changes over the past number of years.”

The event, which takes place in the MAC on 13th November from 08:30 – 10:30am, forms part of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Growing Something Brilliant’ leadership series of events, in partnership with Electric Ireland, aimed at inspiring business confidence and growth through outstanding leadership.

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