Allen Austin


Allen Austin is a Top 25 global management consulting firm specializing in retained executive search and leadership advisory, with more than thirty partners managing client engagements from offices in 20 cities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and The Middle East. Allen Austin’s purpose to enhance the lives and effectiveness of our associates, clients and leaders of the world means you come first. 

Having rejected order-taking and cookie-cutter solutions and ringing our cash register at our client’s expense, every retained search, leadership advisory and board service 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 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 22 years and is the most advanced, evidence based process of which we are aware, ensuring the best possible fit for our clients, now enhanced by ENGAGE powerful predictive analytics enhances speed of execution and support our commitment of bringing our clients the best possible talent in the market, not just a suitable slate.

Completed Searches



Allen Austin Appoints Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare Practice

Executive search firm Allen Austin has expanded operations in Houston by selecting Katherine Beal-Roblin to head its life sciences and healthcare practice. Ms. Beal-Roblin brings to the firm more than 20 years of healthcare consulting experience and an extensive professional network. Previously, she served as client partner with Kirby Bates Associates. She started her career at a Phoenix

Allen Austin Continues Global Expansion

With assignments increasingly rolling in from around the globe, executive recruiters are developing new practices, hiring recruiters and opening new locations. The latest: Executive search firm Allen Austin has a new hub in Istanbul, and has added offices in Turkey, Spain and the United Arab Emirates. Serkan Yagcioglu joins the firm as vice president of international operations

Allen Austin Recruits Information Security Officer for MRC Global

Executive search firm Allen Austin has placed Angelique Grado as chief information security officer of MRC Global Inc., a global industrial distributor of pipe, valves, fittings and related products and services to the energy industry. Partners Namrata Banga and Kevin Stewart led the assignment. Ms. Grado brings 20 years of information security, system architecture and project management

Allen Austin Taps New Leader for Asia Pacific

Executive search firm Allen Austin has named Michael Catlow as managing partner of the firm’s business in Asia Pacific. In this role, he will lead the firm’s activities across Asia Pacific with an immediate focus on the key hub markets of China, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. Mr. Catlow has over 25 years of experience working across APAC

Analytic and Assessment Tools Gain Traction Among Headhunters

Search firms continue to expand into new areas whether it be via acquisition, alliance or launching new services. The trend has been seen at large recruiters and small boutiques alike as recruiters hope to provide clients with best-in-class services for finding, assessing, onboarding and retaining their senior level talent. The latest meeting of the minds?


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