RM Nephew and Associates Forms Alliance with Dublin-Based Search Firm

July 18, 2018 – Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has 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,” said Bob Nephew, the firm’s managing partner. “We all live and work in a global economy. We want to be sure that we can deliver the absolute best candidates to our clients, wherever in the world they are operating.”

Mr. Nephew said that the alliance will help strengthen his firm in a variety of ways. “In addition to increasing the breadth and depth of our international sourcing, we will be gaining deeper cross-cultural understanding and a broadened insight into the global marketplace,” he said. “This partnership enables us to offer premier, bespoke executive search services to our global clients.”

For Cronin Partners, the partnership provides a U.S. platform and access to expertise that will round out the firm’s international reach. Until now, its focus has predominantly been on Ireland, the U.K., mainland Europe, the Caribbean and Asia Pacific. “Both firms are dedicated to serving clients and candidates at the highest level, and our companies are aligned in ethos and approach,” said Ms. Cronin. “We look forward to demonstrating our enhanced services and offerings to both current and new clients.”

Partnership-Driven Solutions

Cronin Partners’ expertise spans the private, public, not-for-profit and education sectors. Its clients are blue-chip multinational and Irish public limited companies. Some of the firm’s recent assignments include non-executive board director, CEO, CFO, CTO, COO, group business development director, group buying and strategy director, group commercial director, chief economist, group head of HR and general manager.

Claire Cronin founded Cronin Partners in 2003, after a long career in marketing and management consulting. Her early career was in advertising and public relations, both on the client side in fashion retail and on the agency side with Ogilvy & Mather and Brian Cronin & Associates Advertising, then Ireland’s sixth-largest ad agency.


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RM Nephew and Associates, based in Boston and New York, provides partnership-driven solutions to business leadership and recruitment challenges worldwide. The firm specializes in providing executive search services for clients within the healthcare, technology, supply chain, warehousing, distribution & manufacturing, and professional services industries. Its clients range from Fortune 500 companies to mid-size firms to private equity and venture-backed start-ups. RM Nephew and Associates has core experience partnering with privately held family-owned firms. Mr. Nephew founded RM Nephew and Associates with more than 35 years executive search experience.

Executive Search in Ireland

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 approximately 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, in fact, the seventh largest provider of wholesale financial services in Europe.

This has led to search firms looking to the region for growth. Here’s a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

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.

London-based Hanover Search Group (HSG) opened an office in Dublin and named Simon Waddington to lead the location as a partner. Mr. Waddington, along with Alex Curtis, who heads the firm’s U.K. technology, operations & finance team, will be responsible for growing the banking market sector throughout the country.

Belfast-based 4c Executive Search has acquired MSL Search & Selection in Northern Ireland. This opportunity to purchase MSL – one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most-established executive recruitment providers – is viewed by 4c founder and managing director Gary Irvine as “the next step in our ambitious growth strategy.

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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