VP Sales & Operations & MD Google Ireland
As vice president of international SMB sales, John Herlihy was responsible for Google's international online advertising sales, providing online advertising solutions to small and medium businesses (SMB) in more than 100 countries across the globe. He joined Google in 2005 as director of online sales & operations to build the company’s online sales and operations channels in new and existing markets and later as vice president of global ad operations. Herlihy also served as head of Google Ireland, which employs more than 2,500 people in Dublin across diverse functions including sales, operations, engineering, legal, human resources and finance. Prior to joining Google, he held senior management positions at leading global technology companies including First Data, PeopleSoft, Adobe Systems, Inc. and Oracle Corporation. Herlihy began his career as a chartered accountant at global accountancy practice KPMG in its Dublin office, before relocating to the U.S. in 1993. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in economic science by the University of Limerick in 2012.