John Purdy | Speaker Summit
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November 15, 2016
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John Purdy

Serial entrepreneur, EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 and gifted storyteller.

“Fish, Photocopiers, Technology and Me!”
John has been at the helm of Ergo for over 20 years as co-founder and CEO, spinning off two companies along the way – Fenergo and FlowForma . Under his leadership, Ergo has grown organically and through acquisition (CDSoft, iSite, Micromail) to become an IT services company with €60m revenue, 400 employees and a culture that reflects his capacity for continuous reinvention. He describes Ergo as “a mature company in constant start-up mode”, highlighting his appetite for innovation and change.
A graduate of Cranford University, London, he has qualifications in strategic management and marketing and is a member of the Irish Management Institute. He participated in the Leadership for Growth program in Stanford University, organised by Enterprise Ireland/Irish Software Association.
John’s entrepreneurial flair is put to good use as an investor in a number of early stage technology companies, and he sits on the advisory board of software company Cora Systems.
Regularly heard through the media and at conferences, John is well known for his forthright views and a passionate commitment to making technology an enabler for doing better business and a force for positive change.