NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. & DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Addressing the trend of social media use as a networking tool for project managers across the globe, Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading project management member association, today announced Kevin Eyres, managing director for LinkedIn Europe, as the keynote speaker at the PMI® Global Congress 2011 — EMEA. His keynote will take place on Monday, 9 May 2011 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. GMT.
In his speech, Eyres will draw from his experience with one of the world’s largest professionally focused social networks to address how the use of social media can enhance the value project managers bring to their organisations. With more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, Eyres is an authority on the significance of social and professional networks in the public and private sectors.
Social networking sites are emerging as critical communications tools for project managers. LinkedIn, for example, features over 3,000 groups related to project management, serving more than three million people who list project management in their professional profiles. Other social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, are finding a place in project management as well alongside a range of online enterprise collaboration tools.
“In the face of cost constraints, tighter deadlines and shareholder concerns, companies need more innovative ways to achieve organisational success,” said Eyres. “In a professional context, social media gives companies the ability to quickly identify, organise and deploy teams, collaborating across borders and between departments. I look forward to sharing the potential of social media with a group that can apply it for such tangible, measurable organisational benefit.”
“Kevin Eyres’ message of innovation through new media is timely and necessary in today’s rapidly changing business world,” said Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of Project Management Institute. “When what organisations do is not exclusive, how they do it becomes a competitive advantage. Knowledge sharing and project visibility are critical as more organisations look to project management as a strategic competency that drives new ideas and achieves business results.”
PMI’s Global Congress is the world’s premier project management educational and networking event. It provides a forum in which practitioners and professionals can network, further their skills and learn how their projects fit within the context of world and economic affairs.
The PMI Global Congress 2011 — EMEA will take place in Dublin, Ireland at the Convention Centre Dublin 9-12 May 2011.
About Kevin Eyres
Kevin Eyres is focused on developing, leading and delivering LinkedIn’s strategy and growth initiatives in Europe, where LinkedIn currently has offices in London, Amsterdam and Dublin. Prior to joining LinkedIn, he was European managing director at SideStep, now Kayak Travel. Mr. Eyres was previously the general manager of AltaVista International, prior to the acquisition by Overture, and a director at Shopping.com. He started his career as an engineer at Compaq Computers, where he spent ten years leading development teams during Compaq’s hyper growth phase.
Mr. Eyres is also chairman of Spoonfed Media and a member of YPO. He holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Texas in San Antonio.
About Project Management Institute (PMI)
PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than half a million practitioners in over 192 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters and virtual communities and academic research. When organisations invest in project management, supported by PMI, executives have confidence their important initiatives deliver expected results, greater business value and competitive advantage. Learn more at www.pmi.org