Wednesday 17th October 2018 Speaker: Mrs Cathy McCaul. Topic: “My life and times”
Cathy McCaul [nee O’Reilly] is a native of Omagh. Her father was much involved in the town’s Rotary Club and her mother was founder member of “Inner Wheel”. A former pupil of Loreto Convent Grammar School she was the first female to take a degree in Computer Science at Queen’s and on graduating joined ICL then the UK’s premier IT company. After a few months writing code in a London basement she realised that a life as a computer programmer was not for her and moved into Project Management with the IT company “Digital”. When Digital was acquired by Compaq in 1989 her job was to integrate the two companies and give them a global reach. This involved a lot of travelling but after her losing her luggage a few times on inter-continental flights she learned how to travel the world with only hand luggage and [in her own words] with the bags under her eyes. After Compaq she worked for a time in London before being recruited by Mastercard to help the company improve customer relations globally. Her success in the role earned her promotion to the Board of Management of Mastercard with the title of President – one of only three females on the Board of Directors. Now working towards retirement, she divides her time between Omagh and New York while doing some consultancy work in the world of global finance. Mrs McCaul’s talk generated many questions and much appreciation.