Management Team

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Derek O'Carroll - Chief Executive Officer

During the 1990’s Derek founded two IT companies. In 1994 he founded Adnet, Ireland’s first online advertising agency building database driven websites and offering SEO services. In 1999 he founded Vordel which became a leading provider of XML security solutions and was sold to Axway in 2012. Derek joined Brightpearl from Symantec where he held leadership positions across their Enterprise, Small Business and Consumer divisions for the past 10 years. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of field sales and marketing for Norton, responsible for $1.7bn of revenue globally. During his two-year tenure, he led a highly successful transformation of the go-to-market activities returning North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific to growth, enabling the global transition from traditional CD based software delivery to a cloud-based security service.


Andrew Porter - Chief Information Officer

Andrew's technology career spans over 20 years, in market leading investment banks, most recently at CIO level. Responsibilities have ranged from running targeted, business critical programmes, to managing a technology organisation of 500+ staff across 5 major locations. Functional areas covered, include; high volume, highly available, transaction processing systems, as well as process automation, workflow and client facing technologies. Andrew started his career as a graduate programmer, after completing an MSc in Information Technology and still likes to occasionally write code, to ensure he retains a deep understanding of what it takes to develop quality software.


Matthew Bruun - Chief Revenue Officer

Matthew's technology sales and leadership career spans 17 years across leading software and SaaS vendors, including VeriSign, Symantec, where he served as EMEA Head of (a $125m+ business he returned to growth), and most recently as VP EMEA at TeleSign.  With a proven track record of growing businesses, shaping and executing go-to-market strategy, and leading highly collaborative teams, Matthew likes to spend as much time as possible with customers and partners.


Chris Tanner - Founder

Having grown and sold two businesses, Chris is vastly experienced in the nature of small businesses and ecommerce, and has a business owner’s insight into the needs of an SME business. Chris studied at the University of Sheffield and has a MSc in Electronic Engineering; he started his first company at the age of 21. Being frustrated by a patchwork of traditional systems such as Sage, ACT! and OS-Commerce, but lacking the budget for the options available, Chris went on to develop Brightpearl. Chris keeps one eye on the wind and is always ready to kite-surf, although he mostly loves to work.


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