Executive Recruitment Ireland
“Best in Executive Recruitment Ireland 2020”


Dublin, Ireland, February 01st 2021 — The ninth Chambers Ireland National InBUSINESS Recognition Awards, took place on the later date this year, of Friday last, January 29th 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 MC, the renowned business journalist Vincent Wall. This year winners were selected from across 19 distinct categories based on the criteria of: ‘resilience’, ‘exceptional performance’ and their response to the ‘adversity’ presented by 2020.

“Market leading products and services, state of the art infrastructure and market opportunity, none of these guarantee business success. It’s the people of an organisation who define it. And more specifically, it’s the quality of leadership demonstrated by those individuals.” said Pat O’Donnell, Managing Partner of Principal Connections – The Irish Office of Agilium Worldwide Executive Search Group who took the award of “Best in Executive Recruitment”.


“As a senior executive search and leadership consulting firm, Principal Connections is in a privileged position. Each day we work towards appointing many of the senior executives and board leaders who drive Irish business.

To be recognised for excellence in this endeavour, I feel truly honoured and especially delighted to accept this prestigious award this afternoon. Despite the unique circumstances imposed by the COVID 19 pandemic, this award reflects the resilience, agility and success that Principal Connections achieved in partnership with our clients in 2020. I would like to thank each of our exceptional management consulting team, our board and international colleagues, all who share in this recognition” said O’Donnell on accepting the award on behalf of the executive recruitment firm.


The Chambers Ireland National InBUSINESS Recognition Awards 2020/2021 Winners:

  • Company of the Year: DHL Express
  • Business Man of the Year: Harry Hughes: Portwest
  • Business Woman of the Year: Claire Tolan: Irish Distillers
  • Financial Services Company: Capitalflow
  • Executive Recruitment: Principal Connections
  • Agency Support to Business: Skillnet Ireland
  • Executive Education: UCD Smurfit Executive Development
  • Cyber Security and Compliance: Sysnet Global Solutions
  • Foreign Direct Investment: Wuxi Biologics
  • Retail Excellence: Lloyds Pharmacy Ireland
  • Green Energy Provider to Business: SSE Airtricity
  • Government Body for Business: Credit Review Office
  • Irish Brand: GoMo
  • Security Company in Ireland: Netwatch Ireland Ltd
  • Tourism – Irelands Hidden Heartlands: Fáilte Ireland
  • Pensions & Life Company: Zurich
  • Business Broadband Provider: Virgin Media Business
  • Post Graduate and MBA Programmes: TU Dublin
  • Finance Provider to Micro Businesses and Start-Ups: Micro Finance Ireland

Chambers Ireland is Ireland’s largest business organisation with a network of Chambers of Commerce in every major town and region in the country.


Principal Connections is Ireland’s leading retained Senior Executive Search Firm and the Irish Office of Agilium Worldwide Executive Search Group.

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Agilium Worlwide Executive Search Group, was once again list in Hunt Scanlon’s Top Global Executive Search Firms for 2020.

Dublin, Ireland – Hunt Scanlon has named Agilium Worldwide Executive Search Group, of which Principal Connections is the Irish Office, in its 2020
Top 40 Global executive search firms list.

Hunt Scanlon reviewed an exhaustive list of global executive search firms and narrowed it down to the top 40 global executive search providers that now dominate the worldwide executive search industry. Their team of analysts looked at global providers in great detail to create a list that captures the best global search firms to satisfy sensitive recruitment needs.


Agilium Worldwide is an international strategic group of independent retained executive search firms with locations worldwide, serving the Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Agilium Worldwide ranks among the top 40 executive search organisations in the world.

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Principal Connections, Ireland’s leading executive recruitment firm was proud to be awarded with the vastly coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation at Croke Park on Wednesday last, 12th of December 2018.

The All-Star accreditation is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses based on rigorous selection criteria including – performance, trust and customer centricity.

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Principal Connections is Ireland’s leading Executive Search Firm and the Irish Office of Agilium Worldwide LLC.

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