Brian Lavery is a manager at Google, where he manages European e-commerce partnerships. He was previously European managing director of AccuWeather, the world’s largest weather forecasting and media company, after holding commercial management, marketing, and consulting roles at Twitter, Vodafone, and McKinsey & Co.
Earlier in his career, Brian served as the Ireland reporter for the New York Times, covering the arts as well as current affairs, politics, business, and Northern Ireland. He was also an independent arts critic covering theatre and dance for Irish media including the Irish Independent and RTÉ.
Brian recently served as chair of The Ark, Ireland’s cultural centre for children, during a 9-year period on the board. As chair, he led a comprehensive governance improvement program, and helped to craft and adapt the organisation’s strategy before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also served on the board of BirdWatch Ireland, including a term as treasurer. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Professional Certificate in Corporate Governance from the Institute of Public Administration, and a BA in English Literature from Yale University, where he wrote his thesis on the role of newspapers and media in Ulysses.