Our Team

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Every year, the strength of our team improves, not just by numbers, but by the quality of our experience and expertise. The whole is very much more than the sum of the parts.

John Glennane

Managing Director, Company Founder

John graduated from UCD with Bachelor (1985) and Masters Degrees (1986) in Engineering and spent a couple of years lecturing in UCG. He then honed his large-scale project management and technology skills by spending eight years as a management consultant with Andersen Consulting UK (now Accenture) before moving to the Netherlands where he had senior roles at the ITT Corporation and with Price Waterhouse. John founded Ventis Ltd in 1998, specialising in CRM and BI, formulating key partnerships with leading technology vendors. His goal now is to grow a solutions delivery and services company that is in sync with the ever-changing needs and expectations of Capventis’ digital economy clients.

Derek Grogan

Operations Director

Derek graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with an Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering (1985). Since then he has worked in several industries in a variety of technical and commercial roles, including spells with Siemens, Ericsson, Comer International, Vision Business Technologies and Valista, amongst others. Most recently Derek was a founder and COO of security technology start-up MHI (2009), which pioneered next generation security protocols and technologies for certificate-free communications and one-time image based passwords. When not doubling as a taxi driver and hockey fan for his teenage children, Derek enjoys cooking (with a special passion for Indian food), playing guitar, hill walking and reading.

John O’Shea

Commercial Director

John joined Capventis in 2016, having previously headed up the online publishing divisions of INM and The Irish Times, both of whom had significant BI and analytics capabilities. He previously led zamano from start-up to AIM flotation, and was an early web development leader in Webfactory, Ireland’s leading web agency, raising over €30M in debt and equity finance.  John qualified as an Electronics Engineer, and earned an MBA from the Open University in 1998. In 2008, he completed the Enterprise Ireland Leadership for Growth Program in Stanford, and has mentored a number of start-ups and early stage companies since, focusing on scalability and leadership skills.

Mike Hawkes

Chief Technical Officer

Mike joined Capventis in 2016, having previously led the development of broadcast services, global communication platforms, & systems for use in defence, government, finance, & aerospace.  As Chairman of the Mobile Data Association, he oversaw the introduction of messaging platforms, premium rate services & legislation, & cross-operator initiatives. He holds several international patents for secure communication protocols & the associated delivery platforms. As a broadcaster & author, Mike contributes to technology programmes & has represented the mobile data industry, becoming a contributor to technology journals & academia. Mike has developed technologies that support micro-services, data visualisation, massive scalability & telecoms-grade communications.

Luís Melo

Delivery Solutions Manager – UK

Luis graduated from University of Porto in Portugal with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Started his professional career in 2004 with Compta, designing telecoms and IS solutions. In 2005, he moved to Optimus as Key Account Manager with a core focus on the SME market. In 2007 Luis joined Novabase, an consulting firm in Portugal, as a CRM Consultant. And in 2012, moved to London, to join niche consultancy specialised in Oracle Cloud applications. In Capventis since 2013, Luis has specialised in Cloud applications with a particular focus on CX. He has been involved in several business opportunities and implementation projects as a lead CRM/CX Consultant and Project Manager. When not in the office, he dedicates himself to Running and Cycling, as well as managing his Social Media persona, Doctor CX.

Brian O’Flynn

Delivery Solutions Manager – Ireland

Brian is a senior level business and technology consultant with over 20 years of experience working in IT Delivery.  having completed a Graduateship in Marketing followed by a BSc in Computer Science. With an eclectic set of qualifications and a diverse set of professional experiences, Brian joined CapGemini/Ernst & Young and worked there as Senior Consultant before he joined Ventis in 2003, and from there to Capventis in 2006. Brian currently has overall responsibility for Capventis project delivery. He is also a highly seasoned expert in all aspects of CRM and CX across numerous industries. When not chasing after his kids, Brian likes to sail, windsurf and hill walk.

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