THE global chief executive of Analog Devices has said the links between the University of Limerick, and government is one of the reasons the firm continues to invest in the area.
â€œThe decisions we make today about what we do in Ireland will have a major impact on our operations in five years. In a world where things are uncertain, courage is important, and I think the same is true here in Ireland. We sat with the government in a very short, and clear meetings, and told them what we want to do. We told them we had 90 days to figure it out. I was staggered that within that 90 day period, with all the turmoil that was going on, the government supported us,â€ he told reporters.
He also heaped praise on the work force in Limerick, saying: â€œThe largest number of our executives came out of this plant in Analog. We come over here to attract executives out of this region. To be fair to the Irish people, they have exceeded our expectations for 35 years. Therefore, we give them some of the most responsible jobs in our company. Every time I come here, I get a whole new outlook on things. I am not easily swayed, but when I get back on the plane, I always feel better than when I came here when I work and see the quality of people, the commitment, and the excitement and the quality of people. It makes me feel [locating here] is one of the best decisions we ever made.â€