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John Hurley Hired As Ryanair Labs CTO

Ryanair has hired John Hurley from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to take charge of developing and implementing a world-leading digital and technology strategy for the airline.

John Hurley is currently is Vice-President of Engineering & Product Operations at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, having joined in 2007. His previous roles were Director of Product Operations, Director of Platform Development and Software Development Programme Manager.

Hurley (39) was previously Production Manager at both Intuition Publishing Ltd and Education Multimedia Group and has 16 years' experience in the IT industry.

Originally from Cork, Hurley (pictured) graduated from University College Cork with a Master's Degree in Computer Software Engineering and a Bachelor Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

From mid-September, Hurley will be Chief Technology Officer at Ryanair Labs, the airline's new digital innovation hub based at Ryanair's new Dublin campus in Swords.

The airline plans to recruit around 200 people for the labs project with the aim of “reimagining” the online travel sector.

According to spokesman Robin Kiely: “Whether you write code or copy we want free thinkers, creatives and people who can not only imagine, but build amazing experiences.

“Strategy, architecture, design and content will all be done here in Dublin and the work will be used by millions of people. We're proud to pay well to make sure we get and keep the best people and Ryanair Labs will offer the perks and culture of a start-up without the downsides.

“We're hiring a range of digital and IT roles and those interested in starting an online travel revolution can apply through Labs.Ryanair.com.”

Ryanair is aiming to have all positions filled by December. (August 2014)

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