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Friday 15 February 2019

eShopWorld doubles size of headquarters in capital

 

Tommy Kelly, Founder and CEO of eShopWorld
Tommy Kelly, Founder and CEO of eShopWorld
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

Dublin-based e-commerce platform eShopWorld is to double the physical size of its headquarters in Swords, close to Dublin Airport, as it ramps up for expansion.

eShopWorld employs around 300 staff globally, including 180 in Dublin.

It plans to increase that headcount by 50pc within two years.

The company has also appointed Ray Thorpe as chief information security officer, responsible for its overall information security strategy.

He's joining from global standards organisation BSI.

It follows a number of senior management hires globally, including Cynthia Hollen as president of its US business.

Information security is a major focus, according to eShopWorld CEO Tommy Kelly.

"In today's retail climate, cybersecurity is at the forefront for every business leader, and Ray's appointment underpins our continuing commitment in this regard," Mr Kelly said.

The company's technology is used by businesses to manage online sales, and clients are understood to include big brands like Victoria's Secret and Nike.

Turnover in 2017 was €320.6m and the Irish business is targeting revenues of $1bn within three years.

In Swords, eShopWorld has doubled its headquarters' office space to 24,000 sq ft in a deal with landlord Ryanair, by taking a second floor in the Concourse building at Airside Business Park, under a three-year lease.

Irish Independent

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