Leading Irish companies Morgan McKinley and Abtran combine to pursue global growth opportunity

Aisling Deasy, CEO of Abtran and Gerald Fitzgerald, CEO of Morgan McKinley.  Wednesday 1st December 2021 - Two leading Irish owned companies, the global professional services recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley and business process management services provider Abtran, are joining together to pursue mutual opportunities for expansion in Ireland and globally.          The combination of the firms will create a dynamic, people solutions and business process management organisation of major scale providing advisory, consulting, recruitment and business process outsourcing services as a single connected business, where each firm is already well-renowned and long-established in their respective industry sectors.            The combination of the firms is being achieved through the acquisition of the entire share capital of Abtran by Morgan McKinley. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

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Abtran appoints Aisling Deasy as Group CEO

Two leading Irish owned companies, the global professional services recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley and business process management services provider Abtran, are joining together to pursue mutual opportunities for expansion in Ireland and globally.

The combination of the firms will create a dynamic, people solutions and business process management organisation of major scale providing advisory, consulting, recruitment and business process outsourcing services as a single connected business, where each firm is already well-renowned and long-established in their respective industry sectors.

The combination of the firms is being achieved through the acquisition of the entire share capital of Abtran by Morgan McKinley. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

The process, which requires the approval of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, is expected to complete in the coming months. Each business will keep their long established and well-renowned brand identities as they combine, while retaining all senior leadership, executive management teams and staff.

The combination of both firms will create a fully integrated, multinational business providing services across several continents. Each brings specialist organisational skills, knowledge, experience and solutions which will be entirely complementary and mutually competitively advantageous across multiple markets.

Morgan McKinley has a presence across Ireland, the UK, EMEA, Canada, Asia and Australia, while Abtran is a well-established provider of business process management outsourcing with significant potential to expand its offer in terms of internationally traded services.

The combined businesses will employ approximately 2,500 people with projected annual revenues of over €300m and will be run by the current leadership team.

The CEO of Morgan McKinley, Gerald Fitzgerald has been announced as Global CEO designate of the combined holding company and Abtran CEO Aisling Deasy and her leadership team will continue to lead the growth of the Abtran business process outsourcing business.

Aisling Deasy, CEO of Abtran said, “This is a strategic development which adds a compelling new dimension to our future growth and development plans. Combining the operations of a prominent business process management services company with a well renowned professional services recruitment business will create a strong domestic and international market proposition that will strongly appeal to current and future clients of both connected businesses. It also helps to enhance our resourcing and talent acquisition which will further strengthen our operations.”

Gerald Fitzgerald, CEO of Morgan McKinley said, “This combination of two successful and highly complementary businesses will enable us to extend our global reach with a wider range of in-demand services. It places us strategically onto a future growth trajectory that will create benefits for our clients, our colleagues and the organisations and industries who partner with us to remain competitive in a challenging global environment.

“Our new business will offer solutions to clients globally in all areas involving human capital. Ultimately, we will bring solutions to market to capitalise on the world’s growing demand for flexible ways of working, putting people at the forefront of the process and enabling and enriching their careers through the progress of client organisations requiring skills, talent and managed services.

“The combined business will be able to access additional resources to deliver enhanced capabilities and we will preserve the distinctive client-focused culture, values and approach built over many years. We’re very much looking forward to bringing this exciting new enterprise forward to address many new opportunities into the future.

Gary Sayers

Chief Operating Officer

Gary has been with Abtran since 2011 and in his role as COO, he has overall responsibility for Abtran’s operational process. He ensures that Abtran maintains service excellence through consistent, industry leading delivery solutions. Gary works in close partnership with operational teams to execute the company’s vision, goals and growth strategies.

Gary has a wealth of experience in Customer Service Management, Operational Transformation, Customer Engagement, Operating Model efficiencies and Stakeholder Management across a number of sectors. In his role as COO, Gary has a significant focus on sponsoring the career development pathways of our people.

Gary holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and has a Degree in both Civil Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technology 

Marie Downey

Chief Performance Officer

Marie has worked with Abtran since 2019 and has 20 years of experience as an IT and service optimisation leader. In her role as Chief Performance Officer, Marie has overall responsibility for Abtran’s product service offering, service design, and service capability including all PMO activity. She is a highly skilled relationship and people manager and constantly seeks to innovate and collaborate to deliver the best service outcomes.  Since joining Abtran, Marie has overseen a number of successful mobilisations of new service contracts and led our strategic initiative portfolio. Prior to working with Abtran, Marie worked with several leading multinational organisations. She is a graduate of University College Cork, holding a Bachelors degree in Commerce and Masters degree in IT and Management Accounting.

Chief Technology Officer

Paul joined Abtran in early 2020, bringing nearly 20 years experience in the IT industry. 

As CTO, Paul’s technical leadership is centered upon articulating a clear vision and strategy. He is responsible for aligning the technology vision for Abtran with the business objectives. He has overall leadership of the execution of technology strategy, partnerships and external relationships. Paul draws on a wealth of experience in designing scalable distributed systems and is focused on evolving our IT engineering capability. Prior to joining Abtran, Paul worked with international FinTech and Telecommunications organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from the University of Limerick.