Penrhyn Elects New Chairman, Board Members

June 3, 2019 – Global executive search consortium Penrhyn International, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has announced the election of a new chairman and global board in an effort to drive future growth. Yanouk Poirier, a partner at Leaders International, a pan-Canadian firm based in Montreal, will be Penrhyn’s new chairman, while Frank Beyer of LAB & Company in Germany will be vice chair.

Mr. Poirier is chair of Penrhyn’s technology, media and telecoms group and brings to the role extensive expertise in helping national and international business leaders of major companies fulfill their business strategies. He has over 20 years of professional experience in different sectors, including professional services, finance, media and information technology. Mr. Poirier has led numerous assignments of top-level executives and board members.

Mr. Beyer has more than 25 years experience as a recruitment consultant with leading international executive search firms focused on staffing of management roles in the operations and technology.

Penrhyn also elected Greg Gabel, managing director of Coleman Lew Canny Bowen, as a member of its board. Mr. Gabel brings deep experience in leadership searches for technology companies, among many others.

Current chairman Michael Herst of Osprey Clarke in the U.K. will remain on the board as treasurer. Luce Nordon (Agora Search, France) and Rikke Dolberg (Unique Human Capital, Denmark) are the board’s other members. The composition of the board, said Penrhyn, reflects its commitment to adapting to meet the evolving needs of its global clients in a changing business environment of rapid digitization.

Three Key Pillars

The new Penrhyn board is looking to position the organization to further help its clients respond to change and digital disruption in the business world. The strategy is focused on three key pillars: client-centric business development, innovation and partnership, and membership engagement.

“This is an exciting time to be taking on my role as chairman,” said Mr. Poirier. “All businesses need to address technological change as part of their business strategies and be open to new ways of doing business. That means finding talented candidates at the highest levels with the skill-sets and emotional intelligence to drive innovation, create sustainable growth and adapt to rapid and constant change.”


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“Penrhyn has been building a network of over 150 of the world’s leading search consultants for 40 years,” he said. “We need to continue to be agile so we can respond to change and help our clients see what’s coming. It’s vital that we adopt a digital mindset across our network and speak the language of our clients.”

Mr. Poirier said that one of the network’s greatest assets is the diversity of its member firms. “Through our distinctive client service approach, our global practice groups continue to share their market intelligence to better meet clients’ needs and help them connect with the right talent to embrace change,” he said.

Mr. Herst said the organization remains committed to keeping pace with the technology and AI developments of its client community and to deliver the global hiring solutions they require. “The appointment of Yanouk as our chair, who is an authority in this field, sends a clear message that we can lead the market as the trusted partner to identify the business leaders of the future,” he said.

Founded in 1979, Penrhyn International is a leading global network of retained executive search firms, with offices in more than 40 cities around the world.

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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