As part of its continuing growth plans to become a leading global digital health business, Fitbit has opened a new EMEA HQ in Dublin and is expected to house strategic business functions for the region including sales, marketing, operations, senior management roles, finance and customer support staff.
The EMEA region will be headed up by Managing Director Des Power, and experienced executive with a background in leading business units at HARMAN and Philips. Fitbit CEO and Co-Founder, James Park said: “We’ve seen Dublin become a strategic hub for the technology industry as a centre for innovation and sourcing top talent in the region… I’m excited to welcome Des to the team and back to his native Ireland.”
Fitbit aims to increase the EMEA team to approximately 50 people by the end of 2016, with room for 100 by the end of 2017. With a total of 150 per cent year-over-year revenue growth in the European region in Q2 2016, the company’s new Dublin office arrives at a perfect time to support Fitbit’s growth.
Dublin’s Minister for Jobs in the enterprise and innovation sector, Mary Mitchell O’Connor spoke at the official unveiling the office-“further recognition of Ireland’s appeal as an international hub for successful companies such as Fitbit. Fitbit is one of the world’s most popular and fastest growing health and wellness companies, and I am delighted that they have selected Ireland as the location for their EMEA headquarters as it will provide exciting employment opportunities for our skilled workers. I wish Des Power and his team the utmost success in the coming years.”
We see this as an exciting move forward for digital health companies to enter the global mainstream consumer tech industry. Watch this space!