About Aaron McCormack
Aaron McCormack is part business leader, part politician and part social activist. He hopes that this combination of experiences leads not only to interesting perspectives on issues, but more importantly an ability to help fix them.
Born in the early 1970s in Omagh, Northern Ireland, Aaron was politically active throughout his teenage years and into his time at the Queen’s University of Belfast. From 1990 to 1994 he led the youth wing of the non-sectarian Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (www.allianceparty.org) as well as being on the party’s National Executive throughout the Peace Process. He was an electoral candidate for the Foyle constituency in 1996 and went on to represent the APNI in Westminster and Washington D.C. throughout the 1990s.
In addition to his political work, Aaron has built a strong business track record working in the UK, Korea, Belgium and the United States. In 2006 he was appointed CEO of BT Conferencing, a major player in the collaboration services and IT sector. Under his leadership, the company grew four-fold and when he left in 2011 the business had revenues of over US$550m and 1200 employees.
Aaron is currently the Executive Chairman of Cased Dimensions, a global technology and service leader in the streamlining and automation of IT management. He is also a member of the Navera Group team of consultants, who deliver financial and operational expertise to businesses in transition.
In March 2008, the World Economic Forum named Aaron as one of its Young Global Leaders. This prestigious accolade is awarded to a number of the most exceptional leaders under forty for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through their inspirational leadership. Aaron completed a program for Public Policy Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2009 and is a regular at World Economic Forum meetings in Davos as well as regional events in China and India.
Aaron divides his time between his home in Scituate (near Boston, Massachusetts) and Omagh in Northern Ireland. He is a keen racing cyclist as well as being a long-suffering fan of the Seattle Mariners and London Irish Rugby.