Allen Austin Taps New Leader for Asia Pacific

October 26, 2016 – Executive search firm Allen Austin has named Michael Catlow as managing partner of the firm’s business in Asia Pacific. In this role, he will lead the firm’s activities across Asia Pacific with an immediate focus on the key hub markets of China, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

Mr. Catlow has over 25 years of experience working across APAC in senior management and leadership roles. In recent years, he has led many global and regional executive search mandates identifying senior executives, including CEO, chief operating officer, chief commercial officer and CFO across the broader APAC, Africa and Americas regions. This has included providing strategic advice to numerous corporations in attracting key leadership through the management of global assignments in the technology, industrial, transportation, consumer, mining/resources and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently, Mr. Catlow was a principal with TRANSEARCH International and before that spent 17 years as a managing director with Boyden.

“Michael Catlow is one of the finest professionals we’ve encountered. Our biggest challenge is finding search and leadership consultants who get what we’re trying to do, and appreciate it,” said Allen Austin founder and CEO Rob Andrews. “For many years, Michael has been working in APAC for multinational firms using innovative technologies to improve the effectiveness and speed to the search process. He will add huge value to both our search and leadership advisory practices. Michael is a fine professional and a natural fit for Allen Austin, he will quickly become an integral leader in helping us achieve our vision.”

Continued Expansion

This announcement follows Allen Austin adding Paul Moran as managing partner and global technology practice leader in July. He has over 25 years of experience in executive search and leadership solutions servicing clients on a variety of projects across functions, including board selection, general management, professional services, sales, marketing, finance, and engineering. Most recently, Mr. Moran founded and led his own boutique search and leadership advisory firm, CapFuze. Immediately prior to CapFuze, he was managing partner of Boyden’s Boston office. 

This past summer, Allen Austin also expanded into Cuba. Allen Austin named search consultants Manuel Corsino and Clement Wigger to lead its growth in the region. In anticipation of Cuba experiencing robust growth in technology, telecommunications and tourism, the firm’s Latin American search practice is partnering with global companies that are establishing their footprint on the island.

In May, Allen Austin opened offices in Minneapolis, Miami, and Mexico City. With the announcement of these new offices, the firm added Ron Woessner, Chris Fryer, Manny Corsino, and John Sinders as partners.

Earlier in the year, the firm launched a new global technology practice. It is led by Rod Keller and co-led by Clement J. Wigger from the firm’s Austin, TX office and focuses on helping organizations identify, attract, develop, and retain tech talent.

Allen Austin also launched a new search practice in the life sciences and healthcare sector. Brian A. Johnston and Steve Leatherman are co-sector practice leaders. The practice is focused on critical growth areas in the sector, including pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, diagnostics / capital equipment, hospital & healthcare, ancillary services, providers & payers, supply chain, international healthcare providers, healthcare IT service providers, academic health institutions, biotech & healthcare startups, and private equity.

These additions offset the loss of managing partner Jim Thompson, Gary Payne, and Mary Campagnano, all of whom left the firm to join Odgers Berndtson in late March.

“Allen Austin is expanding around the world,” said Mr. Andrews. “Since the beginning of the year, we have attracted a number of premium quality partners to our team in practices ranging from board services, technology, healthcare, industrial, private equity, consumer products, agribusiness and financial services.”

“We began a deliberate and challenging transformation of Allen Austin in 2013, which continues to gain momentum toward fulfilling our vision of becoming the world’s premiere consulting practice focused on helping business leaders build highly successful organizations that create exceptional value,” Mr. Andrews continued. “Every individual we hire, every opportunity we evaluate, is in support of our commitment to enhance the lives and effectiveness of the world’s leaders.”

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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