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Stripe snaps up Twitter's Irish number two

Don O'Leary, Twitter's second most senior Irish executive after Stephen McIntyre, has left the social media company to join the Collison brothers' payments business Stripe.

O'Leary was until recently director of sales at Twitter Ireland. He takes on the job of EU business operations and country leader in Ireland for Stripe.

O'Leary was also one of Google's early Irish employees, heading up Google Ireland's first software development team after completing an MBA at Trinity College in 2005.

He started his career as a mechanical engineer in the 1990s and moved into software development in 1999.

The hire is another coup for Stripe, the brainchild of 20-something Limerick brothers the Collisons whose backers include famed investors and entrepreneurs Peter Thiel and Elon Musk of Tesla Motors.

Its last funding round valued the company at around €3bn.

The company hired senior Google executive Claire Johnson as its new head of operations in October.

Johnson was previously vice president of the Google X Lab division, responsible for special projects like its self-driving car initiative.

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