July 19, 2016 – CPL Resources, an Ireland-headquartered recruitment agency, has launched Ardlinn, an executive search firm dedicated to supporting the growing demand for corporate leaders within the Irish business sector. As one of 19 recruitment brands to come under the CPL global umbrella, Ardlinn will serve as a division of the company focused solely on executive recruiting for top salaried positions in Ireland.
The announcement comes following a strong year of growth in the Irish economy, which recorded a 7.8 percent boost to GDP last year, placing it ahead of any other Eurozone country.
Ardlinn plans to use its international expertise and connections to provide Irish based companies with top level, C-suite talent. The idea behind the expansion is to assist companies in attracting high-value foreign direct investment (FDI) employment. According to the firm, Dublin, the country’s capital, has been hosting an increasing number of EMEA and global headquarters of large international businesses, particularly within the pharmaceutical, technology and IT industries. They all require recruiting assistance within their C-suites.
CPL, which employs 700 people in the recruitment sector, 2,000 in managed services and 10,000 on client sites across its global business, has expertise across a number of business sectors, including technology, professional services, legal, technical engineering and financial services. The company has connections in the U.S. as well as across Europe and Ardlinn director Áine Brolly, a former senior vice president of Invest NI in San Francisco, has international experience in top level executive recruitment.
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“We are experiencing a period of remarkable growth both economically and in terms of employment in Ireland and we see Ardlinn providing a top class bespoke executive search service that will drive competitive advantage and leverage many opportunities for our business at C-suite level,” said Ms. Brolly, who is also CEO of CPL in Northern Ireland. “Ireland is a continental and global hub for a number of large international organizations and it is a fundamental and operational necessity that they have access to global leadership talent.”
As the country’s economic outlook remains positive, said Ms. Brolly, “we recognize the need to attract, and keep, talent in Ireland. This will help support Irish-based businesses and ensure we maintain our standing both on a European and global status.” She said the firm’s new team of specialist recruiters at Ardlinn bring together skills and experience “and they understand not only what Ireland has to offer top-level candidates but also, with our strong client base, the most attractive and complete packages for desirable candidates internationally.”
Ms. Brolly received previous search experience serving as director of executive recruitment with Penna and head of new media recruitment for Ireland at recruiting firm Reed.
A number of organizations in recent months have formed executive search divisions. Here’s just a short roundup:
- Workforce solutions provider Airswift has formed a new executive search firm: Ducatus Partners. It will operate independently of Airswift, delivering executive search, market intelligence and related consulting services to clients across the energy, process and infrastructure sectors. Ducatus is led by a team consisting of Kevin Davidson, Sean Buchan and Jamie Ferguson. All are former Maxwell Drummond International recruiters;
- Bassett & Bassett Executive Search LLC was launched by Bassett & Bassett Communication Managers and Counselors, a global strategic communication management and marketing firm. Victor A. Koppang has been appointed its president and chief executive officer;
- Consumer brand recruitment firm Perpetual Insights launched an executive search and human resources consulting arm, Pi Executive. Pierre Trippitelli leads the new division as a partner and board member;
- AC Lordi, a provider of accounting and risk management consulting, formed a new stand-alone firm, Xplora Search Group. The move creates efficiencies and growth opportunities for both entities;
- Burke • Gillis • Juliano Group (BGJ), a management consulting firm focused on providing solutions for the extended retail value chain, expanded its services into executive search with the appointment of Len Okyn as senior search consultant. He joined BGJ from Lawrence James Associates, where he was president and CEO in charge of managing a wide variety of clients, including Fortune 500, mid-cap public, private equity and venture-backed companies in the retail and food industries.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media