International Partnerships

Cowley Brown Announces Strategic Partnership With SpenglerFox

Cowley Brown Recruitment is delighted to have signed a strategic alliance with SpenglerFox in early 2019, which will see both companies look to grow and expand their retained executive search business in Ireland.

Cowley Brown – being based in Dublin with a mix of contingency and retained search business mainly in Irish & International Healthcare plus some work in Construction, Engineering & Life Sciences – is ideally placed to collaborate with SpenglerFox – the leading retained global Search & HR services firm, with Irish heritage, across multiple territories serving both mature and emerging markets.

This new alliance will target the retained executive search business in the Irish market with an initial focus on C-suite roles in Life Sciences and related sectors, but will also create an opportunity for Cowley Brown to engage with SpenglerFox jointly on assignments in other countries around the globe.

Through this strategic alliance both companies will bring considerable added value to their respective domestic and international clients, Cowley Brown having successfully built up a considerable local footprint in Ireland and SpenglerFox having a strong international brand as a retained executive search expert, with a wide international reach for sourcing the best talent for their clients.

Ken Cowley, CEO of Cowley Brown, said recently about the new alliance for his firm; ‘’We feel this was the perfect time for us to strike this arrangement with the team at SpenglerFox due to the continuing growth in the Irish economy and our own growth over the last 12-18 months. We have seen an ever-increasing demand from our clients for assistance in helping to fill key C-Suite roles, so we are very much looking forward to the prospect of tapping in to the resourcing strength, market-specific expertise, and the global reach that our new business colleagues at SpenglerFox will provide. Also, we feel that the values of our two organisations are highly aligned, with a massive level of enthusiasm for finding top talent and for putting our clients at the centre of everything we do.’’

Jens Friedrich, CEO of SpenglerFox, added ‘’Following our Management Buy Out in 2017 we have been focussing on increasing our specialised expert industry knowledge as well as expanding our geographical reach and Ireland has been a priority market on our radar. We are delighted to form this new alliance with Ken and his Team at Cowley Brown. Such an alliance will give SpenglerFox the executive search exposure in the ever improving Irish market, while also continuing to strengthen our Life Sciences practice and serving our international clients who are expanding into the Irish economy.‘’
Both companies feel that there continues to be significant opportunities in the Irish market, as both FDI and indigenous Irish companies continue to expand. The combined set of strengths of both teams, as well as the level and quality of existing contacts and candidate-reach, means that ambitious targets are being set by the new strategic alliance, and both companies are very much looking forward to an exciting future, collaborating on multiple assignments together, both in Ireland and internationally in the best interest of our respective clients.
For further information about Executive Search opportunities/requirements in Ireland (from either the client or candidate viewpoint), or to enquire about leveraging the joint international expertise and market intelligence of SpenglerFox and Cowley Brown, please phone Ken Cowley at on +353 1 9695422 or email Also, we would be delighted if you wish to keep in touch with both companies via our social media channels, and please visit the SpenglerFox website at

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