Agilium Worldwide’s Irish Arm Expands

January 23, 2018 – Principal Connections, the Irish arm of Agilium Worldwide, officially opened the doors of its new offices in Galway, its first outside of Dublin.

“I am delighted to welcome the expansion of the firm to Galway and to congratulate Pat O’Donnell and indeed all the Principal Connections consulting team on this tremendous milestone,” said Mary Hoade, an active member of Galway County Council for the last 16 years. “Today provides us with an opportunity to celebrate a true global leader in executive recruitment establishing in Galway. I would like to make indigenous and multinational companies in Galway, Mayo and indeed the surrounding counties aware of the tremendous service offerings which they now have available to them locally.”

Mr. O’Donnell, who serves as director of Principal Connections along with Hilarie Geary, described this as a proud moment for the firm. “Today’s opening is indicative of our commitment to supporting companies looking to recruit top tier senior managers, executives, board members and interim leaders in the regions,” he said. “I am looking forward to the next stage in our journey, continuing to deliver best-in-class international executive search solutions, expanding our talented consulting team in Galway and Dublin and building on our growth strategy in Ireland.”


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Galway has experienced rapid growth in recent years. The city has a strong local economy with complementary business sectors, such as manufacturing, tourism, retail and distribution, education, healthcare and services that include financial, construction, cultural and professional.

Most (47 percent) of the people employed in Galway work in either the commerce or professional sector, with a large number (17 percent) working in manufacturing. Companies such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic, EA Games, Cisco and SAP AG have their offices here.

Founded in 1991, Principal Connections is an Irish executive search and leadership advisory firm. It specializes in executive search, advertised selection, interim management, non-executive director and chairman appointments in addition to a variety of leadership advisory solutions.

Agilium Worldwide is an international strategic group of independent, owner managed, retained executive search firms. It has 35 members in countries worldwide and continues to grow.

Executive Search in Ireland

Ireland has a modern knowledge economy, focusing on services and high-tech industries and dependent on trade, industry and investment. The country’s famous drinks industry employs approximately 92,000 people and contributes billions annually to the Irish economy, making it one of its biggest sectors. It supports jobs in agriculture, distilling and brewing. But a growing financial services sector base is also important, employing some 35,000 people and contributing billions in taxes annually to the Irish economy. Ireland is, in fact, the seventh largest provider of wholesale financial services in Europe.

This has led to search firms looking to the region for growth. Here’s a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Odgers Berndtson opened a new office in Dublin. The move will enhance the firm’s capacity to support global companies looking to establish new centers of operation in Europe in readiness for Brexit, according to Odgers. The new location will be led by Damian Ringwood, who becomes managing partner, Odgers Berndtson Dublin.

London-based Hanover Search Group (HSG) opened an office in Dublin and named Simon Waddington to lead the location as a partner. Mr. Waddington, along with Alex Curtis, who heads the firm’s U.K. technology, operations & finance team, will be responsible for growing the banking market sector throughout the country.

Belfast-based 4c Executive Search has acquired MSL Search & Selection in Northern Ireland. This opportunity to purchase MSL – one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most-established executive recruitment providers – is viewed by 4c founder and managing director Gary Irvine as “the next step in our ambitious growth strategy.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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