John Hartnett is a senior technology executive & investor based in Silicon Valley, California and a native of Limerick, Ireland. He is founder & CEO of SVG PartnersLLC, a Silicon Valley Investment & Advisory firm. He is also founder and president of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), a network of global Irish technology leaders who’s main focus is to foster the links between Ireland and Silicon Valley in the areas of Innovation, Investment, Education & Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Hartnett has over 25 years of executive level experience leading global sales, marketing, and operations. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer at G24 Innovations, a leading thin film solar company. He held the position of Senior Vice President of Global Markets at Palm, Inc., (Nasdaq: PALM), where he was responsible for worldwide sales, service and support. At Metacreations, (Nasdaq: MCRE), he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing & Operations. He has also held senior management positions at Claris/Apple, Teradata, Digital Equipment (DEC) and Wang computers.
Hartnett was recently appointed as independent non-executive director to the board of Aer Lingus, He also currently serves on the board of University of Limerick Foundation and as Executive Chairman of Daybreak Information Technologies, Chairman of Sisaf Ltd and director of Mcor Technologies. He served on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Northern Ireland Working Committee 2009 – 2011 and is currently leading the Global Diaspora innovation initiative with the US State Department. He is a member of the Irish Government’s Global Irish Network advisory group and the Global Irish Economic Forum.
Hartnett is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and holds a post-graduate diploma in Finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has completed the executive management program at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.