Chief Executive Officer, Corvil
Donal Byrne has over twenty years of experience in computer systems, networking and telecommunications. In 2004, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer for his work with Corvil. In 2005, he was named in the Top 10 Emerging Technology Companies in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Donal is leading a new venture n the area of high-frequency trading technology called Corvil. he joined Corvil in 2000 as non-executive chairman and became CEO in 2002, with a mission to build a successful, multinational software company catering to the global financial services sector. Prior to Corvil, Donal was a founding management team member of FirstMark Communications, an alternate broadband service provider in Europe, and served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer.
From 1993 to 1999, he worked in Silicon Valley. In 1996, Donal co-founded Berkeley Networks which was acquired in 1998 by Fore Systems, a leader in Internet switching platforms. He was senior vice president of marketing at Fore Systems until the company was acquired a year later by GEC. Between 1993 and 1996, he was director of architecture and product management at Bay Networks (formerly Synoptics and Wellfleet), responsible for development of next-generation routers. Donal joined Synoptics from Digital Equipment Corporation in Boston, where he led hardware and software engineering development on a wide range of data switching and Internet routing products. Earlier in his career, Donal worked in France Telecom’s research laboratories (CNET, Lannion), focusing on high-speed optical transmission and telecommunications systems.
Donal holds a B.E. and M.Eng.Sc. degrees from University College, Dublin. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events, and has numerous publications and patents in the field of network communications.