Pat O'Donnell Executive Search
Pat O’Donnell

Managing Partner

Mr. Pat O’Donnell is Co-Founder, Managing Partner and a Director of Principal Connections, Ireland’s global leader in the delivery of retained senior executive search and leadership consulting solutions. Previously, a Consultant with a global professional services plc, he has operated within the executive search industry for almost 15 years.

Mr. O’Donnell holds extensive expertise in conducting C-level executive search assignments across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Ireland and internationally. He has partnered domestic and international client organisations in all phases of development and change and is especially talented at transitioning elite candidates from the global market.

Between 2014 and 2018, Mr. O’Donnell was a Board Member 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 Assessments Practitioner which he utilises in the assessment of top managers and executive teams.

Mr. O’Donnell  is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Irish Business and Employers Confederation, the British Psychological Society and the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland.


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