Pat O'Donnell is Managing Partner of Principal Connections
Pat O’Donnell

Managing Partner

Pat O’Donnell is Managing Partner of Principal Connections. Previously, a Consultant with a London headquartered global professional services plc, Mr. O’Donnell has operated within the executive search industry for the majority of his career.

Mr. O’Donnell holds extensive expertise in conducting executive search assignments for the recruitment of CEO’s, senior executives and board directors across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Ireland. He is known as a leading authority and trusted advisor to domestic and international client organisations in all phases of maturity and is especially talented at transitioning elite candidates from the global market. Mr. O’Donnell is also noted for his exceptional understanding of boardroom dynamics.

During his tenure, Mr. O’Donnell has led the firm to be named ‘Best in Executive Recruitment’ at the Chambers Ireland InBUSINESS Magazine Recognition awards 2020, ‘Best in Practice’ – Executive Search’ at the National Recruitment Federation Awards as well as achieve the award of ‘Business All-Star’ recognition from the All-Ireland Business Foundation.

Between 2014 and 2018, Mr. O’Donnell served as a Voluntary Board Director of Galway Simon Community, a registered charity dedicated to the provision of housing, support and healthcare services to the homeless in the West of Ireland.

Mr. O’Donnell holds’ an Honours undergraduate Law Degree from the National University of Ireland Galway, a Master’s Degree in Commercial Law from University College Dublin’s School of Law and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the National College of Ireland amongst other academic accolades. He is Certified Level A and B by the British Psychological Society as well as a Certified Hogan and EQi Assessments Practitioner which he utilises in the assessment of top line management and executive teams.


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

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