Good news from two established internet and cyber security firms this morning. Yahoo! is to expand its Dublin operations, while McAfee will establish a global R&D centre of excellence in Cork.
Later today Yahoo! will announce expansion plans for its Dublin Operations Centre, creating a further 200 new jobs over the next 12 months. The company has already started recruiting for customer support, technology, operations, HR and finance which will support Yahoo!’s business across the Europe, Middle Eastern and Africa (EMEA) region.
“Yahoo! is one of the jewels in the crown of the Irish-based “born on the internet” companies. It has successfully been running its operation here for nearly ten years. The Yahoo! decision to expand here is very welcome news for the Irish economy and further endorses the country’s reputation as a location to service the whole European, Middle Eastern and African regions.”
Barry O’Leary, CEO at IDA Ireland
For the past decade, Dublin has been a great home for Yahoo!, with its talented international workforce, strong business environment and sophisticated technology infrastructure. Yahoo! opened its doors in Dublin in 2003, and what started as a small team has already grown into a multilingual and multicultural workforce today.
The Dublin team provides world-class customer care, technical and operational support, and finance-related services for the entire EMEA region.
Senior Yahoo! executives met with both An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, as part of Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) investment missions in the past year.
“At Yahoo!, we’re all about making people’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining, and our team in Dublin helps make this happen everyday. It’s the face of Yahoo! for millions of users and advertisers throughout EMEA,” said Christophe Parcot, VP and head of EMEA. “We’re keenly focused on recruiting and developing the best talent in the industry, and there is significant opportunity at Yahoo! for the right individuals who want to grow their careers with a global digital brand.”
Christophe Parcot, Yahoo! VP and Head of EMEA
An Taoiseach, Mr.Enda Kenny T.D, who is expected to host a press conference from the Yahoo! campus in Sunnyvale, California later today, said:
“I’m delighted to welcome the further expansion of Yahoo! in Dublin with 200 new jobs. Ireland is becoming the internet capital of Europe with companies like Yahoo! offering great opportunities to our passionate, highly-skilled work force. The Government, through its Action Plan for Jobs, will continue to make the changes to ensure Ireland remains competitive and a natural home for digital companies. Yahoo!’s growing footprint in Ireland is a welcome statement of its commitment to this country”
An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD , will later today meet with McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security company, to announce the company’s establishment of a worldwide Centre of Excellence for Enterprise Security Solutions in Cork with the creation of up to 60 new high quality jobs. The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through IDA Ireland
The enterprise engineering group is being established as a dedicated engineering team to provide fast, efficient engineering responses to sales opportunities for the company. Within this group McAfee will create a number of small specialised engineering teams in Cork that will be responsible for designing and building new features for its key enterprise customers. These newly formed Scrum teams will interact directly with global customers to design and deliver multiple releases per year across its security portfolio. McAfee will be looking for software engineers (Java & C++) that are dynamic and passionate about software development and have secure software development principles.
“Choosing Ireland as our European headquarters gives us an ideal base of operations to do business with the members of the European Union and the countries of the Middle East. Ireland has a favourable demographic and a quality education system that ensures a plentiful supply of highly qualified people with excellent technical, language and customer service capabilities. We appreciate the strong partnership we have with the Irish government as it has enabled us to remain agile in a competitive business environment.”
Mike DeCesar, McAfee Co-President
‘The establishment of this new worldwide Centre of Excellence in Cork is a significant addition to McAfee’s presence here. Enterprise is a rapidly growing sector for McAfee and this new centre positions Cork as a development leader in this space within the Corporation, by being at the forefront in providing solutions to McAfee partners, thereby winning new deals and retaining existing partner relationships.’
Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland
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