Irish Digital hubs, remote working, Grainne O Keefe, Ludgate


We interviewed Grainne O Keefe the new CEO of the Ludgate digital hub in Skibbereen for our podcast show to discover her insights into the growing network of Irish digital hubs. We also covered adapting your business model during a global pandemic, and how the future could be bright for rural and remote Irish digital hubs, both in West Cork and beyond.


More about Grainne O Keefe

Grainne joined Ludgate in Skibbereen as CEO in July 2020. She brings with her a wealth of international management experience spanning 20 years in locations as diverse as London, Tokyo, New York and Skibbereen.

Most recently Grainne spent a number of years with Spearline as Head of Innovation and while delighted to be back in her home town of Skibbereen continuing her career trajectory her journey before this is reflective of a large number of our graduates in the area. She graduated from UCC with a BCL in 1993 and then went on to complete an MBS at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD, in 1995.

From there she joined Bank Of Ireland’s Graduate Programme and spent 18 months in Jersey, Channel Islands before moving to London to join JP Morgan in 1998 and subsequently Goldman Sachs in 2003. These organisations enabled global mobility + career expansion spanning London, Tokyo and New York providing Grainne with extensive managerial and strategic roles across global teams.

In 2013 Grainne returned to West Cork to ensure her children could benefit from a childhood in West Cork. Her main priority with Ludgate will be to continue the strategic goal of job creation in the rural area ensuring future generations have the option to pursue interesting and challenging careers without the need to leave. Ludgate offers that path to the people of West Cork.

Irish Digital hubs, remote working, Grainne O Keefe, Ludgate

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