Kevin Cooney, the Global Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice-President of US multinational technology corporation Xilinx has been awarded Distinguished Fellowship by the IT industry’s professional institute the Irish Computer Society. Based in Dublin, Cooney also serves as managing director of Xilinx EMEA where he has also been instrumental in the growth and development of Xilinx’s operations in Ireland.
The award of Distinguished Fellow was made in recognition of Cooney’s enormous and valuable contribution to the cause of IT Professionalism and to the IT Industry in Ireland, as well as to the Irish Computer Society through its Chief Information Officer Advisory Board and Forum.
Irish Computer Society President, Declan Brady said, “As one of the most dynamic leaders in the global IT industry. Kevin Cooney is an outstanding contributor to the success of the IT sector in Ireland and internationally. His in-depth knowledge from a global and Irish perspective has provided invaluable insights and expertise to the strategic development of the industry in Ireland. His vision and energy is inspirational and motivating for everyone who he works with and his contribution to the ongoing success of the Irish Computer Society has been immense."
“Kevin was founding Chair of the Irish Computer Society’s CIO Advisory Board and its CIO Forum which launched the ICS Leaders conference and training programme as an enhancement to IT professionalism throughout Ireland. Distinguished Fellowship is the highest honour that we can confer and he is a worthy recipient of this award in recognition of his many achievements and his contribution to our industry.”
Xilinx is the global leader in All Programmable semiconductor technologies and one of Ireland’s leading multinational investment partners, employing 4,000 people worldwide. The company first established operations in Dublin in 1995. Xilinx today employs 350 at its EMEA headquarters in Citywest where it operates a research, product development, engineering and IT centre along with centralised supply, finance, legal and HR functions.
The company’s All Programmable products and related software are enabling smart, connected, and differentiated applications driven by 5G Wireless, Embedded Vision, Industrial IoT, and Cloud Computing.
Kevin Cooney serves as senior vice president and chief information officer for Xilinx, leading a global organisation to define, manage and continuously improve all technical infrastructure and business application systems and processes for the company. Cooney was promoted to his current position at Xilinx after more than 12 years managing information technology worldwide for Xilinx and serving as the EMEA managing director for the past 8 years. Prior to this he worked for Digital Equipment Corporation and the Youghal Carpets group of companies.
In 2014 Maynooth University named him the recipient of Ireland’s Innovation Value Institute award which recognises outstanding achievements by individuals and organisations in achieving measurable value contribution from IT.
Xilinx was a founding sponsor of UCD’s Nova Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre and works closely with a number of other third-level organisations such as the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, which has a focus on ICT hardware research. Xilinx was named as Ireland’s Corporate Philanthropist of the Year by the Community Foundation for Ireland in 2016 and was named Ireland’s top multinational innovator in 2015 by the American Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Irish Academy.
Kevin Cooney said, “I’m very pleased and honoured to receive this award from the Irish Computer Society which places continuing professionalism and skills development at the heart of our IT industry and this in turn is an essential contributor to the competitiveness and success of our national economy. Ireland is an important strategic base for Xilinx where we carry out some of our corporation’s most important engineering and product development work. Xilinx thrives on inventiveness and innovation and these are also factors which underpin the success of the entire IT industry in Ireland.”