UNLEASH Appoints Mark Downey as Head of Strategy and Corporate Ventures; Continues to Roll Out Future Growth Plans

Following our recent move to build a news community that delivers knowledge, thought leadership and innovation about the future of work, we’re pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Downey to become UNLEASH‘s Head of Strategy and Corporate Venturing.

Downey will work on building internal capabilities to serve and leverage the diverse UNLEASH ecosystem. Additionally, he will be focused on delivering increased value to our startup community to expand the support it provides to innovators in the HR technology space, as well as capitalising on opportunities via corporate venture models.

“We have long recognized the importance of startup innovation in the corporate arena and have a solid history of betting on winners. Over 80% of the startups who have participated in our events achieve longevity and have managed to raise over half a billion dollars combined in funding over the past three years. I believe this is due to our unique support and an engaged community who wish to see them succeed. I look forward to Mark helping them on that journey,” said Marc Coleman, CEO and Founder of UNLEASH.

Downey commented: “I am truly excited to be working with UNLEASH. I have known Marc and the team for many years and I fully subscribe to their mission to change the future of work for the better. People are at the core of any economy, and yet economies around the world are changing faster than many people can understand. UNLEASH aims to be the #1 source on the Future of Work and we plan to better integrate our eco-system. Combined, this eco-system of speakers, partners and innovators is capable of more than we deliver today. Innovators will find a sure partner in UNLEASH, which is truly committed to their success. I look forward to growing with the team.”

A native of Ireland, and a qualified engineer with hands on business experience and knowledge, Downey holds an MBA from Central European University, Budapest. His big picture thinking, candid approach and depth of experience in engineering, corporate life and startups bring an essential skillset to UNLEASH and its fast-growing startup community.


Unleash Your People! UNLEASH (previously HR Tech World) is much more than just business events; we are in the change-the-world-for-the-greater-good business. We are passionate creative people on a mission to inspire and transform the world of work & technology. Our shared vision is that by 2020, UNLEASH will be the platform of choice on the Future of Work across the globe. More than half of our community includes CEO’s, CHRO/CPOs, EVPs, and SVPs from the most exciting brands and leading organizations, located in 120+ countries worldwide.

The world’s fastest growing community on the Future of Work, UNLEASH is ranked as the largest Corporate Network focused on the interface between people, technology, organizations and the future. Our events attract the world’s leading entrepreneurs, visionaries, disrupters and doers, including Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Sir Ken Robinson, Rachel Botsman, Gary Vaynerchuk and many more. Past and future show locations include Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Paris and Las Vegas and have welcomed over 9,000 attendees in 2017.

In 2018, UNLEASH will scale significantly to become the world’s leading marketplace and community on the future of the workplace and technology. Join the community and find out more at www.unleashgroup.io



In 2018:

UNLEASH Conference & Expo, London ExCeL, 20-21 March 2018

UNLEASH America, The Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, 15-16 May 2018

UNLEASH World Conference & Expo, Amsterdam RAI, 23-24 October 2018


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