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Liam O'Brien

Director of Strategy and External Affairs, Vodafone Ireland



Liam O’Brien joined Vodafone Ireland, the country’s leading total communications provider, in September 2009, originally within the Enterprise Business Unit. In April 2016, Liam moved to Strategy & External Affairs, as Head of Strategy, Wholesale & Programme Management, and in April 2017 Liam was appointed Director of Strategy & External Affairs.

As Director of Strategy & External Affairs, Liam has responsibility for Vodafone’s external relationships with key stakeholders such as the media, regulators and Government, as well as responsibility for key corporate functions such as Corporate Strategy, Wholesale, Vodafone Foundation, Legal Affairs, Corporate Security and Privacy.

During his time with the Enterprise Business Unit, Liam led on Vodafone Ireland’s entry into the Total Communications market, and drove subsequent investments into new markets, such as the development of Vodafone’s capability in Cloud & Hosting services. On joining Vodafone in 2009, Liam brought with him 14 years’ experience from the global telecommunications market, across diverse functions such as strategy & business planning, sales and technology operations. Liam also has extensive experience of working overseas, having spent several years working abroad, including Australia, Sweden, China & India.

Immediately prior to joining Vodafone, Liam worked for 5 years with BT Ireland, where he was Managing Director for Small Business, with responsibility for strategy & business planning, marketing, sales and business operations on the island of Ireland for the BT’s Soho & SME segments. A native of Drogheda, Liam holds a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering Degree (1993) and a Masters of Business Administration (2003) from University College Dublin.

In his spare time, Liam is a keen long distance runner and triathlete.