September 2012

These seminars have helped me and many others in facing up to current business challenges, providing a source of hope and encouragement. I strongly recommend them. (Seamus McKeague, Managing Director, Creagh Concrete Products Ltd)

September 2012 Topics:

 how to build a solid character in difficult times.
Luis Huete, Professor at IESE (2012 World No. 1 in Executive Education) & at the San Telmo International Institute, Spain

Entrepreneurship: the need for self-belief, optimism, and to lead by example. Niall Norton, CEO, Openet; 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The Lismullin Leadership Forum will provide you with insights that are relevant to how you lead your organisation and how you manage business relationships. You will benefit from the experience and insights of other participants and clarify for yourself what sets of values influence your decisions.

Leadership Forum details

Led by: Dr Luis Huite, Professor at IESE & Niall Norton, CEO, Openet; 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Format: Interactive lectures and workgroups, using a Harvard Business School case study
Venue: Lismullin Conference Centre, Navan, Co Meath (40 minutes by car from Dublin city centre).


Professor Luis Huete is the author of 10 top management books in Spain and his articles are regularly published in business publications. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and has provided training and consulting services to more than 600 companies in 60 countries, including 50% of the firms listed in Spain´s Ibex 35 stock market index. He has worked with CEOs on major transformation projects for Vodafone, Opel, IBM, Oracle, McDonald´s Banco Santander, BBVA, Adecco, Intercom Group, Iberostar, Ricoh, Loewe, Campofrío, Lilly, Gilead, Larrain-Vial (Chile), ISS (Denmark), Telesp (Brazil), Movistar (Argentina, Chile and Central America). He serves on the boards of Six-Senses Luxury Resorts & Spas in Thailand, IBS in México, and Altia Consultores and Ecointegral in Spain. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Oxford Leadership Academy (UK) and VipScan (Spain), and a patron of the Modern Art Foundation NMAC (Spain). He received three awards from Actualidad Económica magazine for the best 100 business ideas of the year. According to the Institute for International Research (IRR), three out of four executives consider him as “the best Spanish management guru”.

He has been a professor at IESE Business School since 1982 and has lectured on Harvard Business School´s Achieving Breakthrough Service and Advanced Management programs. As a visiting lecturer, he regularly participates in advanced management programs at prestigious business schools like San Telmo (Spain), ESMT (Germany), ISEM Fashion (Spain), Louvain (Belgium) and Deusto (Spain). He also works with the corporate universities of Bupa (UK), ISS (Denmark), Omnicom (USA), and Telefónica (Spain).

He holds a Law Degree, an MBA from IESE Business School, and a PhD from Boston University. He was a Fullbright Scholar and his dissertation on commercial banks’ services strategy was deemed by the Decision Science Institute Award as the best dissertation of the year in 1988. He has worked as a researcher at Harvard Business School, developing scientific material and taking part in a research project sponsored by Bell Communications. He lives in Madrid with his wife Maria and their four children.

Niall Norton is CEO of Openet Telecom ( With its Chief Technology Officer, Joe Hogan, he was presented with the 14th Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in October 2011 by President Mary McAleese. They were also named winners of the International Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2010 they won the Irish Export Industry’s Software Exporter of the Year Award, and in 2009 they won the Irish Software Association’s Company of the Year Award.

Established in 1999, Openet was formed in a basement office in Dublin with only two people, but has grown into a global team of 830. Openet provides software to communication and media service providers worldwide, enabling them to control, monetize and increase visibility into the usage of services and network resources. Their software-based solutions are empowering operators around the world to create new business models, simplify and personalise the subscriber experience.

He joined Openet as CFO in 2004 and has been CEO since 2006. Earlier, he served as CFO and corporate secretary of O2 Ireland from 2001 to 2004. He is a director of Poppies Restaurants Ltd, a family restaurant business, and Clever Communications Ltd, a mobile virtual network operator. He holds a degree in Commerce from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland