Gallagher - Chief Operations Officer - Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland

Michael Gallagher

Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland


Passionate believer in developing better technology to solve problems and improve people's lives. Great technology should be simple and well thought out. Prior to SkillPages, I was the CIO of Perlico Communications where I developed an industry leading customer management, provisioning and billing system. Perlico was acquired by Vodafone in 2007.


Chief Operations Officer


My passion is developing innovative technologies from a green field start. Building and managing a super talented team is the most rewarding part of my job.

Work History

Chief Operating Officer


From May 2009

Co-Founder and COO of SkillPages. I recruited and built up the engineering team and look after the user operations of the company.



June 2006 - March 2009

CIO of the Perlico technology team; where I built up the technology function and led the development of SingleServe, an award winning CRM, provisioning and billing system.

Business Systems Manager

BT Ireland

July 1999 - July 2005

Senior technology manager in BT Ireland with responsibility for developing a wholesale system (ERS) which enabled BT Ireland to dominate the wholesale voice and DSL market in Ireland.

Project Manager

Irish Nationwide Building Society

June 1996 - July 1999

Implementation of a new customer management and core accounting system.


Morgan Stanley Asset Management

July 1995 - February 1996

Analyst in Morgan Stanley Asset Management


Securities Data Company

August 1993 - July 1995

Senior Analyst with responsibility for the Municipal Bonds sector.


Red Sea dive holiday

Great week diving in the Red Sea. My favourite location (so far).

Open Water Dive in Killary Ireland

I did my first ocean dive in Killary, Co Galway Ireland. Amazing location.

SkillPages Co-Founder

Co-founded SkillPages with Iain Mac Donald in 2009, with responsibility for the development of a world class platform capable of supporting tens of millions of users.

Chief information Officer in Perlico Communications

3 years experience as Chief Information Officer of Perlico Communications. During that time, led the development of a world class CRM, Order Management and Billing System (SingleServe). Post the Perlico acquisition by Vodafone, SingleServe remains a key strategic system for Vodafone Ireland and currently manages over 200k customers.

Business Systems Manager

Senior technology manager in BT Ireland with responsibility for developing a wholesale system (ERS) which enabled BT Ireland to dominate the wholesale voice market in Ireland (€50m + per annum).

The SkillGraph

One of our core objectives in SkillPages is to enable people with skills to be found by people who need them. We want to make this happen in a way that feels natural to the user and replicates real life behavior.

We spend lots of time and brain power on how to make this as easy and powerful as possible. A very important part of our technology is the SkillGraph. This enables us to model the relationships between skills in mathematical way. This enables us to accurately match skills to opportunities on a massive scale in a way which is easy for the user.

Thanks to @[ff502c96-b28a-4e43-a943-c1ef86c54200|dave.daly|Dave Daly], @[3eb7e770-14da-11df-b1a2-00155d010212|padraic.mulligan|Padraic Mulligan] @[ebe78f36-122d-11df-b1a2-00155d010212|mike.mccarthy|Mike McCarthy], @[45c67909-603b-e011-85c0-d804b45758e4|lorcan|Lorcan O'Neill] and @[a6266436-5c0b-11df-b1a2-00155d010212|karol.gwaj|Karol Gwaj] for the brain power!

Release on Friday 10th December 2010

Really busy and productive couple of weeks for the team. Lots of improvements delivered for our users. Another step closer to achieving product market fit.

Qualifications & Certifications

Six Sigma Black Belt

Renault-Nissan Institute

Software Engineering

Siemens-Nixdorf Centre for Advanced Technology Training


Trinity College, Dublin

Oatlands College

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