About Us

Principal Connections is Ireland’s premier board and executive search firm with global reach. We offer five interrelated talent acquisition and advisory services to private, public and not-for-profit organisations across Ireland which include:

• Board & Executive Search
• Professional Search
• Advertised Selection
• Interim Management
• Leadership Consulting & Assessment

Headquartered in Dublin with regional offices in Galway, Principal Connections partners with
multinational corporations, Irish plc’s, privately owned companies, commercial semi-states, public
sector bodies and not for profit organisations in the identification, assessment, and appointment
of senior, executive and board leadership talent.

Principal Connections is the Irish Office of Agilium Worldwide Executive Search Group, one the world’s largest Global Executive Search Organisations. Together with our colleagues across 55 offices in 30 countries, each year we complete thousands of assignments within most major industries and functional areas.

Principal Connections is the only retained executive search firm in Ireland to be named “Best in Executive Recruitment” at the Chambers Ireland InBUSINESS Magazine Recognition awards 2020; to be awarded the seal of “Business All Star” by the All Ireland Business Foundation; and to be Named “Best in Practice” for our Executive Search Services by the National Recruitment Federation (NRF).

Principal Connections is also a Founding Member of the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Diversity for Senior Recruitment and Executive Search Firms in Ireland and operates to the rigorous industry and government recognised Code of Professional Practice and Standards of Excellence of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).

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Equipped with the most advanced proprietary systems, tools and resources, our executive search consultants deliver superior, high value, accelerated and customized retained executive search services but with a high touch client service and a fresh, energetic and fun approach.

Solutions And Expertise

Every business challenge is unique and the services we offer are tailored to the individual needs of each client, offering a customized solution to even the most complex human capital challenges.

Solutions
  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Culture Shaping
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Executive Tracker
  • Flex RPO
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Onboarding
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Outplacement
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
  • Temporary Staffing
  • Workplace Mgmt.
Industries
  • Accounting/Audit
  • 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
  • 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
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Sovereign Wealth
  • Sports
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Trade Finance
  • Transportation
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
  • Wealth Management
Functions
  • Advertising
  • All Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • C-Level Leaders
  • 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

6 Critical Factors for Selecting the Right Executive Search Firm 

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that leadership matters. Whether you are bolstering your C-suite to support continued success and growth or seeking executives to help redefine your strategy in the face of change, you need an executive search firm that can connect you with leading-edge talent. A new report from The Bowdoin Group and

Principal Connections Tapped by Clann Credo to Find New CEO

Ireland-based executive search firm Principal Connections has been selected by Clann Credo to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Practice leader Darren McCabe is heading the assignment. Reporting to the chairperson and the voluntary board of directors, the CEO will determine and formulate strategies and policies and provide the overall direction for Clann Credo

Principal Connections Seeks CIO for Maxol Group

Ireland-based executive search firm Principal Connections has been selected by Maxol Group to lead its search for a new chief information officer. Practice leader Darren McCabe is leading the assignment. Reporting to the group CEO, the CIO will lead the company’s IT infrastructure across its retail network, manufacturing facilities, fuel card operations, head offices and other

Press Releases

Principal Connections Top Executive Search Firm at Chamber Island National InBusiness Recognition Awards 2020

(Feb. 2, 2021) The ninth Chambers Ireland National InBUSINESS Recognition Awards took place on the later date this year, January 29, 2021. With Ireland now well into its third lockdown, a prestigious list of Irish businesses attended the awards which were streamed live, with Mr. Ian Talbot, CEO of Chambers Ireland opening the event and

Principal Connections Releases New HR Directors Report

(Nov. 10, 2020) Ireland-based executive search firm “In the corporate pecking order, the role of the HR Director has often played second fiddle to the more commercially driven aspects of corporate operations. And while business savvy CEO’s have long recognized HR’s strategic importance, the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the role of the HR Director as