Marlene Connolly

Marlene Connolly - Former Group Counsel & Legal Director , Forcepoint International Technology

Marlene is former Group Counsel for Forcepoint International Technology Ltd. (a global cyber security company) and has 20+ years’ in-house commercial experience in the 'Technology, Media, and Telecom Sector.

In 2007, Marlene set up Forcepoint’s International legal team (Dublin, Ireland) in 2007 to support the Company’s business operations in EMEA and APAC. Over the past 14 years, Marlene grew the team to deliver EMEA & APAC legal support for strategic projects including Cybersecurity and Insider Threat roll out, GDPR readiness, together with Very Large Enterprise (VLE) sales agreements & professional services, HR matters, International structure & governance, facilities, budgeting, litigation and M&A & integration projects.

Prior to Forcepoint, Marlene was General Counsel and Company Secretary of Meteor Mobile. Before Meteor, Marlene led the legal team through M&A & integration projects for eir (formerly eircom) the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland for 9 years.

In 2019, Marlene was elected to the board of ACC Europe.

Legal500 selected Marlene for inclusion in the General Counsel Powerlist for Ireland in 2015 and subsequently in 2016 Marlene’s team was selected by Legal 500 as GC Power list Ireland Teams.

Marlene is a graduate of ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), a CEDR Accredited Mediator, and achieved a Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (PDP) in 2015.

In 2014 Marlene founded and previously chaired the GC forum within the Irish American Chamber of Commerce, providing an independent, peer-led safe space for an open exchange of ideas and challenges by US multinational GCs in Ireland.