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Company mission and vision

Our mission is to ensure an amazing messaging experience for all parties in the messaging chain.

From network operators, business users, and everyday consumers, we want messaging to be smooth, safe, exciting and full of the possibilities that open communication can provide.

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Senior Management Team

Alex Duncan

CEO & Co-Founder

Alex has spearheaded the transformation of the company from its inception, growing it from a startup with no revenue to a thriving multi-million dollar global enterprise that serves telecommunication customers worldwide. As the CEO, he is tasked with guiding the Openmind team towards further growth by developing and executing the company’s strategic vision. Alex is a proud alumnus of Trinity College Dublin, holding both a Master’s Degree in International Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering.

Brian Kelly

Co-Founder & CTO

Brian is responsible for the overall technical strategy at Openmind, driving innovation for existing and new product development. Brian has a wealth of experience from the messaging industry. While at LogicaCMG, Brian was responsible for increasing the performance of the original Telepath SMSC architecture by two orders of magnitude and for designing and implementing their next generation messaging architecture for both SMS and MMS (Picasso).

Billy Shekleton

Co-Founder & CFO

As Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, Billy is responsible for Financial Strategy, Risk Management and Financial Control at Openmind. Previously, Billy spent 20 years with a number of high profile companies in the telecom and computer sectors, based in Ireland, UK and USA. Billy is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Software Association.

Richard Lemmers

Chief Commercial Officer

With over 15 years of International Sales and Business Development experience, Richard is brings a wealth of commercial acumen to Openmind. Since the start of 2013, Richard has had a strong focus and involvement on strategic customer growth of Openmind’s Traffic Control platform across the world. In January 2016 he was appointed SVP Global Sales and subsequently Chief Commercial Officer. Richard graduated from the Dutch Navy with a degree in Electronics and Weapon engineering.

Simon Burbridge

VP Engineering

Simon leads the Engineering department and is responsible for all software produced and maintained by Openmind Networks. They work closely with Product Management and the CTO to deliver innovative software products and solutions that bring value to our customers. Simon joined Openmind when it was founded in 2003. He holds an MSc in Experimental Physics and has over 20 years experience in the software industry.

Karen Lyons


Karen joined Openmind in 2021 with a wealth of services leadership experience from the telecoms and energy sectors. As Chief Operating Officer, Karen is responsible for customer Design, Delivery, Operations and Project Management services, as well as the Service Management Office. Karen holds honours degrees in Electronic Engineering and Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)

Caroline O'Dowd

Chief People Officer

Caroline joined Openmind in 2022. As Chief People Officer, she is responsible for delivering HR strategies that align to Openmind’s values and enable the achievement of company goals through our people. Caroline brings extensive HR experience gained in multinational technology companies in Ireland and the United States. Caroline has an LLB, Law and French from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Human Resource Management from NUI Galway and an Advanced Diploma in Applied Employment Law from King’s Inns.

Paul Kavanagh

Chief Revenue Officer

Paul joined Openmind as Chief Revenue Officer in 2023 with responsibility for revenue growth and product strategy. Paul has extensive experience in building and scaling GTM organisations in start-up, scale-up and Fortune 100 companies. He joined from Fenergo where he held the role of Chief Revenue Officer and previously held leadership positions at Cisco and Nokia Networks. Paul has a Master’s Degree in Management Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Dublin Business School.

your career
at Openmind

If you are looking for a career that sparks your creativity and changes the world, then you'll love Openmind

Our purpose

Our interface with the world is now through our mobile devices

Messaging is arguably the most important part of that experience

We want to connect people together through messaging

We want to enhance the digital society we now live in with amazing messaging experiences

We want to protect consumers from bad actors and cyber criminals on the messaging networks

Proud to be recognised as a Platinium Winner at Ireland's Best Managed Companies 2023 by Deloitte
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Our values

Own It

Accountability and Pride

Care for It

Consideration and Support

Live It

Passion and Positivity

Master It

Expertise and Problem Solving

Evolve It

Leadership and Growth

What does
Openmind stand for?

Openmind Networks is an independent technology company focused on mobile messaging software and services for the telecoms industry.

Openmind messaging solutions allow telecom firms to consolidate their core messaging, protect their network and unlock the potential in business messaging and 5G.

Ireland Best Managed Companies Badge
Boasting a highly experienced team of engineers, Openmind has consistently led the way in bringing new innovations to the mobile messaging market.
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We are responsible for delivering over 1 billion messages a day with our global customer base which includes some of the world’s largest Mobile Operators, Wholesale Operators, Aggregators and Social Media providers.