Heidrick & Struggles Opens Office in Ireland

April 24, 2019 – Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has opened a new office in Ireland and named Stafford Bagot as the partner in charge of the Dublin office.

“For more than 65 years, we have been providing our clients with diversified solutions to help them build strong leadership teams globally,” said Krishnan Rajagopalan, president and CEO and Heidrick & Struggles. “We are delighted to add the Dublin office to our global operations given the growing prominence of the professional services sector and the increasing demand for innovative talent and leadership solutions in Ireland.”

“With Stafford’s depth and breadth of experience in executive search, we will be able to better assist Irish corporates by offering premier services from executive search and leadership assessment and development, to organization and team effectiveness and culture shaping,” he said.

Mr. Bagot, who lead Heidrick’s operation throughout Ireland, brings over 20 years of experience in global executive search for both local and multinational organizations. He also has broad experience around succession planning for listed and private equity companies. While managing the Ireland operation, Mr. Bagot will continue to serve as managing partner for Heidrick & Struggles’ engineering, infrastructure and sustainability practice.

Mr. Bagot has conducted a number of global searches helping chairmen and CEOs attract and secure both non-executive directors and senior executives to form the leadership teams for both indigenous and multinational organizations. His also has experience around succession planning, particularly for listed and private equity companies.

“Heidrick & Struggles is one of the pioneers of the executive search industry and, under Stafford’s leadership, we have a strong opportunity to serve Irish businesses, particularly those who are keen to grow their operations globally,” said Mr. Rajagopalan.

Irish Market

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.

This, and of course Brexit, has led to search firms looking to Ireland for growth and a safe haven. Here’s a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms, 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.

Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates formed a partnership with Cronin Partners International Search, a retained executive search firm headquartered in Dublin. “Having a trusted partner based in Ireland will enable us to significantly improve our offerings to clients with needs in the European and international markets.”

Odgers Berndtson opened a new office in Dublin. The move will enhance the firm’s capacity to support global companies looking to establish new centers of operation in Europe in readiness for Brexit, according to Odgers. The new location will be led by Damian Ringwood, who becomes managing partner, Odgers Berndtson Dublin.

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

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