Pearse O’Donohue has recently been appointed Head of Unit for Software & Services, Cloud Computing in the European Commission (DG CONNECT), where he is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of policy on cloud computing and on software and services.
Until 1 November 2014, Pearse was Deputy Head of Cabinet (Office) of Vice-President Neelie Kroes who, until that date was European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. Pearse was responsible for advising the Vice-President on the development and implementation of policy on electronic communications, networks and services, as well as broadband, spectrum and other related policies.
Prior to that, Pearse was Head of the Radio Spectrum Policy Unit in the European Commission, DG CONNECT. He was responsible for the development and implementation of policies for efficient spectrum use and a coordinated approach to frequency management in the EU, both in the electronic communications field and in other internal market sectors such as transport and research
Pearse O’Donohue began his career in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, from which he was posted to the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels. He was later appointed Assistant Director of the Brussels office of the Irish Business & Employers’ Confederation, before joining the European Commission. He was a member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Social Affairs and Employment before joining DG INFSO (now DG CONNECT), where he has held several posts related to the implementation and enforcement of the EU telecoms rules.