THE man who has spearheaded the launch of Sunderland’s Software City project is moving on to train Wearside’s new generation of business brains.
Software city chief executive Professor Bernie Callaghan has been appointed Dean of the University of Sunderland’s Faculty of Business and Law.
Professor Callaghan, who takes up his role next month, already has strong links with the university, having worked during the 1990s in a number of roles, including deputy director for the centre for international education, with key responsibilities including the worldwide marketing and promotion of the university.
Lately he has combined his role at Software City with that of professor of software enterprise in the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
“I am absolutely delighted to be taking up this role,” he said.
“The university as a whole, and the Faculty of Business and Law in particular, bring a vital international dimension to the city and the region. Its strong portfolio of programmes, cosmopolitan student population, and talented staff have already attracted many accolades, and I am extremely excited to be joining an organisation that is central to the economic development of Sunderland and the North East. “
A graduate in economics and holding an MBA from Durham Business School, Professor Callaghan has spent more than 20 years in a range of senior executive roles within the private and academic sectors.
From 2000, he was CEO of the Leighton Group, one of the North East’s leading digital businesses, during which time he was involved in managing the development of new product and service ideas and their commercialisation into market-leading new ventures.
Professor Callaghan said today he was looking forward to his new role – but sad to be leaving Software City.
He added: “It was always going to take a very special opportunity to tempt me away from Sunderland Software City, but taking on a challenge like this has long been an ambition of mine, so ultimately the chance was too good to turn down.”