3 QUESTIONS TO CIARAN QUINN, TECH VETERAN AND NEW CHAIR OF THE WIZ-TEAM ADVISORY BOARD

With his impressive background in technology and digital media, Ciaran Quinn has been at Wiz-Team’s side since 2018 to provide important strategic advice. Last week, he became the company’s Advisory Board Chair and shares his views on WT’s potential and future.

Why did you decide to become a board member of WT? From the moment I met the leaders together I knew they had something special. It’s rare to find such a great combination of personal and professional characteristics combined with a vision on how to use terrific technology to change a stagnant corner of industry. I knew I wanted to get involved at some point and figured that I could help them navigate through some of the startup and growth challenges that I had personally gone through over the prior decades. I’d planned to take the rest of 2018 off, so when they called late in that year and said they were forming a Board, the timing was great, and I enthusiastically accepted their offer to join.

What excites you about WT’s activities as we emerge post-COVID-19? WT is one of the lucky ones. We are fortunate that for us COVID-19 has not wreaked the damage and devastation that it has for so many people, including some of our clients. It’s not been easy, but we’ve stuck by our clients, extending support for those in need, and they’ve stuck by us. Sure, we’ve had to make some concessions and changes, but you do that when others are struggling more than you are. And we’ve used the extra downtime to make some great product developments and position ourselves for the re-opening of live sports as well as the growing collaboration with governmental institutions moving more towards virtual events.

How do you see the company’s future? Bright and getting brighter. While WT’s technology is the best in the business, the great part is that the team knows how to find, attract and engage with great collaborators and new colleagues. Since business is about “people working with people”, not “companies working with companies”, this will help drive their future success in making things work really well for colleagues, partners and clients.

JOHANN

CEO

As the founder and CEO of Wiz-Team, Johann has been a part of this adventure long before the start of the organisation 10 years ago. This dynamic and fast-growing company was born out of gap in the market Johann and his colleagues experienced as event managers in the early 2000s.  With little tools available to effectively manage the demands and challenges of data management for complex events, they decided to build their own solution. 

Shortly thereafter Johann created Event-Works and later Wiz-Team with the vision to deliver world class digital solutions built by event professionals for event professionals. From Wiz-Team headquarters in his hometown Lausanne, he oversees a global network of developers and experts, who support the organisations mission to empower event professionals through smart, intuitive, and innovative digital solutions. 

Johann’s expertise in event data management is outstanding.  He has delivered innovative event management solutions to every Olympic Games edition since 2004 alongside a range of other international events. Having worked across many sectors, including sports federations, the medical congress industry, corporate companies, and government agencies, he has acquired a wide-ranging background and an exceptional experience in various types and sizes of events. Before he set up Wiz-Team, Johann specialised in web and database development, as well as project management in the luxury industry, and teaching.

Johann holds an MBA in international management and speaks English, French and some German. In his spare time, he enjoys scuba diving, discovering the world on a motorbike, gaming and exploring new technologies.