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Huawei vice president of corporate communications, Joe Kelly, pictured at Huawei headquarters in June 2019. Photo: Adrian Weckler
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Huawei vice president of corporate communications, Joe Kelly, pictured at Huawei headquarters in June 2019. Photo: Adrian Weckler

Joe Kelly, the Irish head of corporate communications at tech giant Huawei, has passed away.

The 55-year-old from Donegal worked at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, where he lived with his wife and two sons.

Mr Kelly worked as a journalist before moving into public relations and communications, working with telecoms and tech companies that included BT and Xerox.

He graduated with an arts degree from the University of Ulster before studying media and communications in London.

He was integrally involved in representing Huawei, chairing events and co-ordinating with international media.

He spoke at length to the Irish Independent in Shenzhen in 2019 about the company, its culture, global events and living in China.

A Huawei colleague said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that our much loved colleague and friend, Joe Kelly, passed away this weekend in Shenzhen, China. Vice president of international media affairs at Huawei, Joe was an experienced member of the team who was hugely respected across the company. He will be greatly missed and we send our deepest condolences to Joe’s family, whom we will do all we can help through this very difficult time.”

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