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Lead Entrepreneurs

The Lead Entrepreneurs are not, and cannot be, experts in every area of business but they have first hand experience of facing the challenges of growing a business. They all agree that if such support were to have been available to them when they were growing their business, they would have found it most beneficial. Each of these busy and successful woman give their time to the initiative in a completely voluntary capacity.

Deirdre Smith

Deirdre Smith is an engineer, tech entrepreneur and Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors.   She sits on a number of boards.  Deirdre acts as a consultant, mentor and advisor to start-up companies and SMEs through EI and via Redefine.ie, a consultancy group that specializes in Strategies for Growth and Lean & Six Sigma Programmes.  With a strong technical, operations and commercial background, Deirdre was the co-founder and CEO of Zandar Technologies from 1999, which developed award winning video solutions for the broadcast sector worldwide. She led Zandar through their acquisition in 2007 by Harris Corporation, a $5bn US headquartered company (NYSE: HRS).  Deirdre held various management positions with Harris, an international ICT company serving markets in more than 150 countries, until 2010.