The IEDR has announced that Fergal O’Byrne will join the board of the .ie Domain Registry as a non-executive director with immediate effect. The .ie Domain Registry (IEDR) is responsible for the management and administration of Ireland’s official internet address dot.ie, in the interest of the Irish and global Internet communities. O’Byrne is currently CEO of Sonru, a position to which he was appointed in September 2009 following four years as CEO of the Irish Internet Association (IIA). He was part of the original team that helped set up eircom.net and was responsible for projects such as the Doras Directory. He is also founder of Interactive Return (formerly webBusters).
O’Byrne was recently chair of IGOpeople.com and has, or is sitting, on other boards including GiftsDirect.com, WINC, and CCD.ie. He is also Chairman of the Project Advisory Group for Fáilte Ireland’s eBusiness Support Initiative. He regularly mentors start-up and seed capital companies in Ireland and Denmark. He is the author of a number of technical books including – 10 Technologies Every Executive Should Know and Online Marketing & Search Engine Essentials. He holds an Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering from DIT, Kevin Street and is a member of the IIA, Marketing Institute of Ireland and Engineers Ireland.