Hugh Sheehy - Overview
I have been in business for more than 25 years, with leadership roles in technology, sales, marketing, and even R&D management. I speak Spanish, Dutch and French, and have an MBA from INSEAD - one of the world's top business schools.
I've worked with leading corporates, including Hewlett Packard, Google, LogMeIn, BNP Paribas, Ericsson Benelux, etc,
I was also founder and CEO of a startup that won European and international awards for innovation, I have several global patents, and won awards for leadership while at Google.
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I bring an unusually wide perspective, both in terms of business experience and international experience. I'm Irish, my brother is American, my wife is Dutch and my children are Spanish. I have had senior leadership roles in multiple disciplines, worked in both large and small organizations, and speak English, Dutch, Spanish and rusty French.
After starting with a few years as an engineer in the UK and the Netherlands, I left to do an MBA at INSEAD in France. Subsequently I joined the world of telecom and the internet, eventually moving back to Dublin to join Google after living in Spain for 9 years.
MBA (INSEAD - Dean's List)
INSEAD is one of the world's top business schools.
Consistently ranking in the top 3 in the world, alongside Harvard and Stanford.
Graduated on the Dean's List.
Bachelor of Engineering - UCD
B.E. (Mech) - 1st Class Honours
It's been a while, but it was a solid foundation nonetheless!
My final year 'thesis' project was on the dynamics of a racing-yacht's rig.
Lots of simulations and data processing. One conclusion at the time was that we needed WAAAAY more compute power to be able to do the simulations with reliable results. We got results...the system worked...but we didn't quite trust the stability of the calculations under dynamic load.
But, we were doing all the analysis on a server with approximately one-fifteenth of the compute power of a Raspberry Pi2.
Yes. Really! One-fifteenth...maybe less.
Several years later I saw an article that an America's Cup campaign had tried the same exercise and come to the same conclusion. Nowadays the smallest AWS computer would probably suffice.
Machine Learning - Stanford University
An all-online course from Stanford (delivered through the Coursera platform), this course was split into 11-modules.
These covered everything from basic linear regression models (which Excel can do) through to full on neural networks and machine learning at scale. The course is quite heavy on the mathematical aspects of machine learning. That's often interesting, particularly when combined with the applied aspects taught in the UofM course (below).
As with the other course, at the end of the day the question really is "What business insights do you need?" Most companies can't answer that one. It's the starting point.
Specialization - Applied Data Science in Python - University of Michigan
An all-online course from University of Michigan (delivered through the Coursera platform), this course was split into 5-modules - one per month.
These covered machine learning, text mining, social network analysis and data representation/visualization and some of the basics of the Python libraries.
It is amazing how much the availability of the libraries in Python now make complex data analysis almost trivial. There are libraries of code that do almost everything.
Even without a data team, it's possible to do predictive analytics, etc, "easily". It is astonishing.
At the end of the day the question really is "What business insights do you need?" Most companies can't answer that one. It's the starting point.
University of Michigan
Specialization: Applied Data Science in Python
Organizational Analysis - Stanford
An all-online course from Stanford University (delivered through the Coursera platform), this course was split into 10-modules over 5 months.
The material covered a lot of ground, including elements similar to things I learned at INSEAD under the guise of courses in Organizational Behaviour, but also in Strategy and even Decision Making.
Two things stuck out for me, from the whole course;
The criticailty of keeping people with the "dark triad" of personality characteristics OUT of your organization.
The reason so many people in so many organizations think change is difficult. When it really isn't. 😣
Certificate: Organizational Analysis
Over the years, I have done more training courses and certificates than anyone could remember.
From early HTML courses when the web was new, through "Crossing the Chasm" strategy with HP, long-ago courses in multi-cultural working, etc.
Recently it's become far easier to do courses online and to share certifications....and it's nice to "formalize" things that I've been working with for years.
I'll start to add various certs here. And I'll dig out old certs too. They're still in a box somewhere.
KIT Royal Tropical Institute
Flutter Development (with Dart )
(in collaboration with Google)
Applied Text Mining in Python
University of Michigan
MS Azure Architect
Applied Social Network Analysis in Python
University of Michigan
Applied Machine Learning in Python
University of Michigan
Google Search Ads 360
Introduction to Flutter Development Using Dart (Google)
Over the years I've done dozens (hundreds?) of other courses/classes. Often about technology of one sort of another, but often also about marketing strategy, sales strategy, etc.. I'm NOT going to try to list them all.
These are a few recent MS course on Azure data storage and analysis options. SQL Server, Cosmo DB, Database Solution Selection, and a few from AWS too.
My most recent level on Salesforce training was at "Mountaineer", which is the 5th of the 7 available levels in Salesforce training.
Azure Cosmos DB
Design a Data Warehouse
AWS - PostgreSQL Fundamentals
AWS - PostgreSQL Architecture
Salesforce Trailhead, an ongoing activity.
- While I've never gotten formally certified on Salesforce, I've worked with it pretty extensively and am at the 5th of the 7 available levels on the Salesforce Trailhead system.
Red Herring Top 100 EMEA - 2008/9
This came about during my time in Frog2Frog (see the 'Past Projects' page, startups section)
Sadly, by the time the awards were finally published we were pretty much dead. Yes, the wrong customer can kill a business. Ask me how I know!
European Seal of e-Excellence - Silver Award 2008
Awarded annually at the Cebit exhibition in Germany by the Brussels-based European Multimedia Forum, we received a Silver Seal Award for Innovation with Frog2Frog (see the 'Past Projects' page, startups section) in February 2008.
The awards were issued annually to Europe's most innovative companies from 2003 through to 2012.
I invented these during my time in the oil industry.
Click on the images to go to the corresponding patent in the online patent database.
Here's a video of what Hugh gets up to at the weekend, in case you're interested.