Penrhyn International


Penrhyn International is managed by a Board of Directors comprising four members representing Americas, Europe and North America, supported by a full time Executive Director. Together they drive the effective operation and governance of the network.

Board of Directors

Michael Herst (UK)

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  • Office: Osprey Clarke - London
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
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Michael's career started in accountancy, where he gained commercial and corporate experience working in the profession, and as Head of Finance of a major international shipping group. He transferred his business knowledge into executive search, where over the past 25 years he has enjoyed a varied career.

Achievements include taking a staffing group and executive search practice to a full UK stock market flotation, and its subsequent sale to a major US listed group. He now conducts senior level search for major global corporations, with particular focus on infrastructure, transportation and logistics. Michael joined Osprey Clarke in 2008. He is proud to be a trustee of Haven House Children's Hospice; an important charity that supports families and cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions across North and East London and West Essex.

Connie Adair (USA)
Vice Chair

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  • Office: Taylor Winfield - Dallas
  • Location: Dallas (TX), United States
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  • Fields: Business & Professional Services, Consumer Goods, Energy, Utilities & Mining, Retail / Wholesale, Technology, Telecommunication & Media

Connie Adair has been a Principal in Penrhyn International since Taylor Winfield joined the network in 2007.

As CEO of Taylor Winfield since 1994, Connie has had a long and distinguished career in creating and establishing “best practices” for executive search methodology. Connie’s talent and expertise have uniquely positioned Taylor Winfield – delivering the broad reach of a multi-national firm yet with the agility and responsiveness of a specialty boutique. She has led the company into double-digit growth, increasing annual revenues by an average of 26 percent over the last four years, while earning the highest closure rate in the industry. She is known for building strong relationships across boards, networks, clients and her community.

As the Chairman of Penrhyn International, Connie is at the forefront of executive search and human capital management, not only in the United States but across the globe. A thought-leader in the industry, Connie is a lecturer at the eMBA program of SMU Cox School of Business and expert panelist for various organizations on executive leadership and board readiness. She also lends her limitless energy and talent to several non-profit boards throughout the United States, including Watermark for exceptional women leaders in the Silicon Valley, Attitudes & Attire™ in Dallas, Desert Research Institute of Nevada, and the holding company of Sacred Spade in San Antonio.

Kathy McLean

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  • Office: Fish & Nankivell - Canberra
  • Location: Canberra, Australia
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  • Fields: Associations, Education, Government & Public sector, Non Profit

Kathy McLean’s career in executive search started in 2000, and she has been a Principal in Penrhyn International since joining Fish & Nankivell Ogilvie Watson in Melbourne in early 2004. Much of Kathy’s practice is in the public and not-for-profit sectors, in which she has served leading state and national organisations in Australia.

Kathy has a Bachelor’s degree in English with Honours from Monash University, Diplomas in Education and in Information Studies from Melbourne University, and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Kathy was originally a teacher, and has taught in Germany as well as Australia. Later she became a national specialist in curriculum and assessment issues, being appointed co-leader of the National English Curriculum and Assessment Project and Director of the National Benchmarks Project which developed standards in literacy and numeracy for all students in Australian schools.

Kathy is a member of the Board of the Victorian Institute of Sport and on various committees of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. In the past she was very involved in her professional association, as a member of the Board and chair of the Professional Development and Publishing committees.

Frank Beyer

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  • Office: LAB & Company - Munich
  • Location: Munich, Germany
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  • Fields: Associations, Energy, Utilities & Mining, Financial Services, Government & Public sector, Industrial & Automotive, Technology, Telecommunication & Media

Frank Beyer has been a Principal in Penrhyn International since 2002. He has 23 years of experience as an executive recruiter and is recognized for his achievements in industry, renewable energies, technology, insurance companies, public-private partnerships and government/public sector. His search experience covers primarily German speaking countries but as well international searches including the US and China. Frank Beyer is a co-founder of LAB & Company.

Before becoming a Principal in Penrhyn, Frank was Managing Director Europe of an UK based search firm, and spent before eight years with Kienbaum Executive Consultants as Partner and Head of the Munich office. Before joining the executive search world, Frank was a general staff officer in the German Air Force.

Frank speaks German, English, fair French and Spanish. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich.

Joo-Lee Aw

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  • Office: The People At Work Pte. Ltd. - Shanghai
  • Office: The People At Work Pte. Ltd. - Singapore
  • Location: Singapore, Singapore
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  • Fields:  Business & Professional Services , Consumer Goods, Hospitality, Leisure & Travel, Healthcare , Industrial & Automotive, Retail / Wholesale

Joo-Lee Aw is responsible for driving the vision for the Group while actively developing global and regional partnerships, and initiatives for its offices in Singapore, Shanghai and Manila.

Joo-Lee established her corporate career in Media, Consumer and Banking sectors with companies such as Citibank, KFC and MediaCorp where she built a successful track record in Business Development, Marketing and Sales, spearheading new corporate initiatives or acting as a change agent working across different stakeholder groups.

She was last with Dow Jones International Media before she left to start The People at Work in 2000. Today, she engages with diverse multinational clients ranging from start-ups to mature organisations. She has helped organisations review gaps in their leadership teams, advised clients setting up their Asia operations, and is especially interested in working with organisations that are looking for innovative and out-of-the-box ideas in transformation and high-growth environments. She provides strategic counsel to C-Suite clients with a special focus on Finance, General Management, Corporate Strategy and Marketing.

Born and raised in Kuching, Sarawak, Joo-Lee was educated in Malaysia, Singapore, and the USA. She holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Science in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Donal Watkin

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  • Office: Penrhyn International - London
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
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Donal Watkin (Executive Director) brings extensive experience in the leadership and senior management of membership organisations, with a particular focus on strategic planning, operational management, marketing orientation, membership development and retention, and governance.

Between 2002 and 2013, Donal worked with international networks operating within the legal and accounting markets, developing and supporting their growth strategies (including a successful merger process) and establishing effective marketing and communication platforms that significantly increased engagement and business collaboration between member firms.

He also brings experience of business development roles within both the professional services and marketing services environments.

Donal holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Ulster and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Kent.

Practice Groups

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    Penrhyn has extensive experience and contacts within the Industrial & Auto, Financial Services, Consumer, Retail and Luxury Goods, Energy, Utilities & Renewables, Life Sciences, Education and Not-For-Profit, Technology & Telecommunications, Professional Services, and Logistics & Supply Chain sectors.
  • Automotive +

      Intense global competition is driving rapid and transformative change across the automotive industry. On top of the need for cost efficiency, high volume and high speed production, consumers are demanding ever-higher quality and safety standards, sophisticated technology and design Read More
  • Consumer, Retail and Luxury Goods +

    Penrhyn has established special relationships with the major companies in the FMCG market and keeps an eye witness of the evolution that impacts the sector. Their strategic power has become more international and concentrated, which has led to significant changes Read More
  • Education and Not-For-Profit +

    Penrhyn has represented government education departments, schools and universities, excelling at finding the ideal fit for each educational institution. Our searches also extend to sport, housing, the environment, church organisations and charities. Lead: Julia Soutter (Melbourne) Global practice experts: Ken Carrick (Charlotte), Read More
  • Financial Services +

      A volatile macroeconomic environment and continued market consolidation, combined with greater regulatory and investor scrutiny, have redefined financial services since the global financial crisis.The sector’s dynamic businesses must continue to adapt to change to create competitive advantage. This presents significant challenges, Read More
  • Life Sciences +

    Our Life Sciences and Biotechnology practice benefits from the wide knowledge and insight of the partners and associates in Europe, America and Asia. Our expertise extends beyond the pharmaceuticals market to also include to medical devices, diagnostics and generics, as Read More
  • Logistics & Supply Chain +

    A volatile global economic environment and changes in the supply chain, combinedwith intense competition and continued market consolidation are reshaping the logisticssector. New technology and the drive towards a global footprint by many operators presentsignificant challenges, but also unprecedented opportunities Read More
  • Private Equity +

    We have a proven track record of placing CEOs, CFOs and COOs into private equity portfolio companies, ranging from midcap to multi-billion dollar funds, as well as in small, medium and large-cap businesses backed by private equity investors – both institutional Read More
  • Professional Services +

    Penrhyn has long-standing relationships with many of the top global management consultancies, technology systems integrators and outsourcing services companies. We have developed expansion strategies, identified practice leaders and built specialized industry teams throughout regions and countries. Additionally, Penrhyn has broad Read More
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications +

    Technology is changing the world very quickly, with leading Technology, Media & Telecoms (TMT) companies at the frontier of this disruption. To be successful in facing these new challenges, businesses across these industries must harness the significant opportunities technology offers Read More
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