Michael Devane currently works as a Business and Industry Executive focused on the strategic development of enterprise, and the promotion of collaboration between public and private entities. He is the Chairman of SmartBay, the new national platform to support research and innovation in the Marine ICT sector. In this role and others he has a keen interest in the translation of research and innovation for economic purpose. He is a former member of the Board of American Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the American Chamber Research and Development Working Group, and continues to work with the Chamber in the development of new forms of engagement between Academia and Industry.
Michael was the VP and Managing Director of Lucent Technologies International Sales until 2007. Previously he was VP of Supply Chain Operations in Europe until 2004. His operational background within the ICT and the Discrete Manufacturing sectors, include experience in organization and business development and new venture startups, within both multinationals and small enterprises. Much of his career has focused on the transformation of enterprise, the development and expansion of new or foreign direct investments. He has significant experience in re-structuring operations, including the transition and outsourcing of manufacturing and engineering activities and the creation of new value opportunities and capability.
Michael has over 25 years experience in managing and leading multinational companies in Ireland / Europe. Michael has both Executive Operational Management and Industry Consulting experience and background across multiple industries and enterprises.