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THIS WORKING LIFE

Michele Neylon  CEO of Blacknight Solutions in conversation with Mary McCarthy

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Ahead of the game: Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon has long been an advocate of virtual working

Ahead of the game: Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon has long been an advocate of virtual working

Ahead of the game: Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon has long been an advocate of virtual working

Different domains

What we do is not a bit sexy. Blacknight basically provides internet plumbing to ensure a decent connection. We enable our clients to have names for their websites, which behind the scenes are converted into machine readable internet protocol (IP) addresses.

I studied for a BA in language studies in Limerick in 1995 after a gap year working at Eurodisney in Paris turned into three. I don't have a technical background; my business partner of 18 years, Paul, is the fibre-optic cables guy. I am marketing, legal and policy.

Throughout college, and afterwards, I spent long periods teaching English as a foreign language in Italy and Spain and this love of travel has stayed with me. This year, I have already spent a week in Mexico and have gone to concerts in Paris and Madrid.