Penrhyn International


Brenda LaRose

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Brenda LaRose is a Certified Human Resource Management Professional (CHRP) and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with more than 23 years of experience in executive search.

Brenda is a Partner of Leaders & Co. Executive Search in Winnipeg. Leaders & Co. Executive Search has offices across Canada in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal & Quebec City.

She is the founder of Higgins Executive Search, Canada's premiere Indigenous executive search firm. Higgins Executive Search has over 17 years experience recruiting leaders, executives and board members, completing hundreds of successful search engagements for corporations and organizations across a wide range of public and private sectors. Higgins Executive Search has achieved PAR certification at the Gold level through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business' Progressive Aboriginal Relations program and is PSAB certified with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

With a certificate in Corporate Governance from the Rotman School of Business and the Institute of Corporate Director's Corporate Governance College, she has a keen interest in and understanding of board governance.

Cookie McIntyre

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  • Office: McIntyre Global Executive Search - Columbus
  • Location: Columbus (OH), United States
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  • Fields: Business & Professional Services , Education, Industrial & Automotive, Non Profit


Cookie McIntyre has been a Principal of Penrhyn International since 2007, when McIntyre Global Executive Search joined the network. Her career in executive search began in 1985. Cookie has conducted executive search engagements and demonstrated expertise in the retail, grocery/food service, consumer products and manufacturing industries. From a functional standpoint, her search practice engages Vice President through C-level executive leadership in multiple disciplines to include; marketing, operations, information technology, supply chain, human resources, and finance.

Prior to founding McIntyre Global Executive Search, Cookie held executive positions for a prestigious executive search firm based in Columbus, Ohio and a firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, which focused on indigenous industries such as maritime, import/export, energy, and oil & gas.

In recent years, Cookie has been named a ‘Businesswoman On The Move’ by Business First, and has received accolades from the Columbus Dispatch as a ‘Woman Making a Difference’. In addition to that, she is a 2004 recipient of the National Association of Women Owned Businesses Visionary Award.

Representative assignments:
CEO, Fitch:RPA
Division President, Hexion Specialty Chemicals
SVP, Corporate Controller, Albertsons
CIO, US Foodservice, a division of Ahold
EVP Supply Chain, Albertsons
EVP HR, Knowledge Learning Corporation

Ro Gantz

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  • Office: McIntyre Global Executive Search - Columbus
  • Location: Columbus (OH), United States
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Ro loves recruiting, and has 20 years of combined experience in military, corporate and executive search recruiting roles. She is the primary lead for McIntyre’s major clients, including manufacturing and Asia outbound services work and, as the company’s Talent Strategist, helps clients make long-term hiring decisions and evaluate related talent strategies. Ro especially enjoys working with engineers and in technical and manufacturing environments, and is constantly learning and exploring the world of “why not” when considering new solutions to old problems.

As a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, Ro spent most of her military career in oceanography/intelligence-based positions before shifting to an award-winning role in engineering and officer recruiting. This was followed by recruiting leadership posts at several companies including The Home Depot and Microsoft, followed by Albertsons, where she built and led the talent management function to include recruiting, succession planning and performance management.

She earned a BA from the University of Rochester on an NROTC Scholarship, and a dual MA in management and human resources development from Webster University while stationed in Bermuda. She is a Certified Personal Branding Strategist and Certified Social Sourcing Recruiter (CSSR).

She enjoys global travel, which first began for her as an exchange student to Peru during high school and most recently took her to Shanghai, where she participated in a professional exchange program with our partners. She’s been to all 50 states in the USA, and plans to continue her travels around the world to all continents.

Through her many journeys and life lessons, Ro has learned to value each and every moment that life offers. She is a volunteer teacher at St. Benedict’s Education Center where she teaches language and job skills to refugees who’ve come to America for a better life and supports efforts to help veterans and older citizens gain meaningful employment. She also earned her certification as Master, Food Preservation & Safety from the University of Idaho and runs a small organic garden. She is always trying to learn something new and is currently learning how to say hello, goodbye and thank you in every language in the Google translator (until we have the Star Trek-like handheld device.)