About Us

Leadership. Impact.

Flexible, Collaborative, Responsive & Results Oriented

Allen Austin is a Top Tier global management consulting firm specializing in board services, retained search, leadership advisory, and culture shaping. Allen Austin’s purpose is to enhance the lives and effectiveness of our associates, clients, and stakeholders.  This means we practice search and culture shaping as a specialized form of management consulting and as your partner in building your world class organization.

Having rejected order-taking, cookie-cutter solutions, and a transactional philosophy at our client’s expense, every engagement we deliver is customized and carefully crafted to add sustained value to your organization. The partners at Allen Austin have seen every engagement to fruition and execute all mission critical phases of each assignment.

In an industry that hasn’t innovated in over a hundred years, we’ve been focused on how to “do it better”, whether that’s focusing on high performance cultures, ideal fit, engagement, value delivery, or retention. Our proprietary Foresight™ process, which has evolved over thirty years and is the most advanced, evidence-based process of which we are aware.

Our Total Performance Leadership™ study and corresponding architecture delivers cutting-edge diagnostics that reveal overall organizational health and effectiveness, leadership mindset, cultural climate, and the way the organization sees itself when measured against the principles practiced in the highest performing and most successful organizations. The output of our flagship Organizational Health Index (OHI) is literally a road map to a competitor crushing culture of peak performance and unprecedented shareholder returns.


Solutions And Expertise

  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Career Services
  • Culture Shaping
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Executive Tracker
  • Interim
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Onboarding
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Agriculture
  • All Industries
  • Alt. Investments
  • Asset Management
  • Associations
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Clinical Research
  • Cloud Based
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Commercial Banking
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Cultural Arts
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data & Analytics
  • Devices
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • Faith Based
  • Family Offices
  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • FinTech
  • Foundations
  • Global Markets
  • Government
  • Healthcare Services
  • Hedge Funds
  • High Tech
  • Industrial
  • Industrial Products
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Investment Banking
  • Investment Mgmt.
  • K-12
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Luxury
  • Machine Learning
  • Manufacturing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical
  • Medical Devices
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources
  • Non-Profit
  • Oil & Gas
  • Payments/Processes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Private Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Sovereign Wealth
  • Sports
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Trade Finance
  • Transportation
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
  • Wealth Management
  • Advertising
  • All Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Customer Service
  • Data/Analytics
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Investor Relations
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Research & Develop.
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

How Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Fuels a Powerful Employment Brand

Employers are amid a labor shortage the likes of which we’ve never imagined. Today, unemployment is being reported at 3.6 percent, the lowest it’s been since its  climb to 14.7 percent during the first days of the pandemic. While this number might sound good, this statistic is wildly misleading, says Rob Andrews of Allen Austin in a

Culture is Key to Success and Failure in Private Equity Deals 

The importance of culture and its impact on private equity strategy and returns has been a growing development over the past few years. As PE investment returns have lagged behind those of the stock market in the U.S., firms are feeling pressure to improve and deliver stronger results. “This fact combined with some high-profile private

Allen Austin Appoints Consumer Products and Retail Sector Leader

Houston, TX-based search firm Allen Austin, parent company to Gaines International, has named Ken Wilcox as its newest partner and head of the consumer products and retail sectors in the executive search practice. “Ken is a truly exceptional addition to the Allen Austin team,” said Darcie Murray, senior managing partner. “Ken will help us make deeper inroads

Allen Austin Introduces Communication IQ

Houston, TX-based search firm Allen Austin, parent company to Gaines International, recently introduced a new service offering to support leaders in pursuit of a culture of peak performance: Communication IQ. “Other assessments tend to do their best to describe you and build self-awareness, and then they leave it at that,” said Danielle Mairs, managing partner

Press Releases

Allen Austin Leading Search for a New Information Systems Director at MRC Global

HOUSTON, TX, January 25, 2016 — MRC Global Inc. (NYSE: MRC), a publicly-traded New York Stock Exchange company, has retained Allen Austin, a Houston based Retained Search and Leadership Advisory firm, for the search of a new Information Systems Director – Security. MRC Global is the largest global industrial distributor of pipe, valves and fittings (“PVF”) and related

Lawren Eckhardt Named Director of Marketing for Rise Communities

HOUSTON, TX, January 20, 2017 — Lawren Eckhardt is a creative marketing professional with extensive experience in developing award-winning marketing campaigns, promotions and events for numerous master-planned communities. Lawren joins Rise Communities from Johnson Development Corp. where she successfully led and managed numerous master-planned community projects. Lawren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from Houston Baptist

Laura Paight Named Director of Recruitment for Waste Connections

HOUSTON, TX, January 9, 2017 — Laura Paight is a Talent Acquisition Leader with over 20 years of experience developing and implementing successful recruitment strategies in the Energy and Pharmaceutical industries with an international perspective. Laura has deep expertise in many aspects of Talent Acquisition including recruitment strategies in new and developing markets, onboarding, diversity programs, university relations,

Larry O’Donnell III Named Board Director for PSC

HOUSTON, TX, November 17, 2016 — Larry O’Donnell, III is a seasoned executive and board member with over 35 years of experience in the energy and industrial services industries. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc., and served as the company’s President and CEO from 2011 to 2015. Larry held executive positions at

Kevin Stewart Joins Allen Austin

HOUSTON, TX, October 10, 2016 — Kevin Stewart brings over twelve years of extensive executive search consulting expertise to Allen Austin. Based in Houston, Kevin is a member of the firm’s global technology, life sciences, financial services and industrial practices. A versatile, driven and highly experienced executive search practitioner, Kevin has expertise in client management, process execution and