He has many interests outside the industry, has travelled the world, and even swam at a national level in his native Ireland.

Samsung says the fact that Pierce was the only promotion to Corporate Vice President in its global IT and mobile division is testament to his achievements.

Pierce was one of six children, born in Shankill, Co Dublin, in 1970.

He attended the prestigious Blackrock College – famous for its rugby team and for nurturing former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll among others – but for all his fondness of teamwork now, he had little interest in team sports.

Aged nine, Pierce was diagnosed with a form of juvenile arthritis called Still’s disease that limited his movement, and, in any case, he was “incredibly shy”.

This was why he devoted himself to individual pursuits.

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