March 4, 2019 – Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations. Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas.
Recently, Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 75 offices in 48 countries throughout Asia, EMEA and the Americas, expanded with the addition of talent management veteran Pauline Houlihan as a partner in Ireland.
Ms. Houlihan joins Amrop from international professional services firm RGP, an international professional services firm, where she spent 12 years as talent management director, focused on the acquisition, management and deployment of senior executive, cross functional, project consultants across Ireland and Europe.Previously, Ms. Houlihan worked for leading telecommunications provider eir Ireland, operating in a number of finance and project management positions across the multimedia, telecommunications and IT areas of the organization. At eir Ireland she focused particularly on the development and management of a number of start-up businesses in the technology sector.
Ms. Houlihan trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, specializing in the large scale manufacturing audit area. She holds a bachelor of business studies degree from Trinity College Dublin and a master’s in accounting from University College Dublin.
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 about 92,000 people and contributes billions 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 the seventh largest provider of wholesale financial services in Europe.
Recently, Amrop opened a new office in Dublin, re-launching operations in Ireland and strengthening its capabilities across the EMEA region. Amrop appointed managing partner David Kelly to lead Amrop Ireland, which will focus on providing executive search and related leadership services to clients across a range of sectors, with particular focus on financial services, consumer and retail, and industrial.
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“Amrop has held a prime position in Ireland for many years, with a recognized brand that stands for quality and professionalism,” said José Leyún, CEO of the Amrop. “David and his ambitious team are building the kind of forward-looking business that will drive our future success in this market, and reinforce Amrop’s vanguard position in Europe.”
“Ireland is also an important hub for key innovative sectors, including technology, financial services and life sciences,” he said. “Amrop’s renewed presence there will continue to support the senior leadership needs of some of the world’s most dynamic companies.”
Mr. Kelly said Amrop Ireland has been a leader among executive search firms in Ireland for over 30 years. “I am delighted to bring this global firm back to the market with a new team of professionals,” he said. “Our team uniquely comprises people with the skills and networks critical for executive search coupled with a professional track record in other industries. We look forward to working with our clients to help shape the future of leadership in Ireland.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media