John O’Brien is S3 Group’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2001, O’Brien served as S3 Group’s Chief Operating Officer. When first appointed to this position, John consolidated S3 Group’s Europe and US-centric organizations into a unified structure and shifted the company’s strategic focus from a pure services business model to an increasing mixed product and services strategy. O’Brien joined S3 Group in 1989. Earlier, he held a series of technology, marketing and engineering positions at Plessey Semiconductors in the UK.
Under O’Brien’s leadership, S3 Group has been recapitalized with an investment of over $18.5 million in funding from ACT Venture Capital and Enterprise Ireland. This funding, has been used to accelerate and develop S3 Group’s activities in Healthcare, Semiconductors and Digital TV.
O’Brien has extensive experience in Technology and Market Strategy, Business Development, Project Management, and Corporate Finance. He is an engineering graduate from the University of Limerick, having graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (B.Eng.). He earned his MBA (1992) from the Smurfit Business School at University College Dublin. John has also completed the Enterprise Ireland ‘Leadership for Growth’ program at Stanford University.
John is currently an active member of the Irish Software CEO Forum and is a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Software Association.