Barden strengthens their hand by joining forces with Tech recruitment leader Killian O’Leary to establish a start-up tech recruitment practice in Ireland.

Barden strengthens their hand by joining forces with Tech recruitment leader Killian O’Leary to establish a start-up tech recruitment practice in Ireland.


Barden are delighted to announce that we are joining forces with Killian O’Leary to establish a start-up Tech recruitment practice in Ireland.  Killian will initially specialise in Security and Tech Leadership appointments while shaping the future of Barden Tech with the support of our Managing Partners.  Killian’s appointment represents a key step for Barden as it strives to deepen its expertise, bring the Barden experience to a new community of professionals and increase its ability to serve the needs of clients nationally.


“I’ve know Killian for some time – his personal integrity, his strong reputation and his expertise, in both tech and recruitment, is second to none in Ireland.  I’m really delighted Killian has chosen to partner with us in Barden and I’m really looking forward to working with him to bring the Barden experience to the IT community” – Jonathan Olden | Managing Partner | Barden Cork


In his new role Killian will take on key strategic appointments for Barden clients across security and tech leadership while working to build an expert team in Barden to support other IT specialist areas such as development and infrastructure.


“I’m enthused to be joining forces with a really innovative Business partnership team at Barden.  What excites me is the opportunity to own a Technology Recruitment function myself and I’m looking forward to bringing new ideas and an all-together fresh approach to the market over the coming years. I see IT Security as a key business consideration moving forward, it’s here to stay and it’s an area that transcends Business sectors.

Equally, my passion for working with Senior Leaders is well known at this juncture.  Helping them to map out the future Talent requirements for their teams as well as providing an outlet for their own professional development into the future greatly excites me.” Killian O’Leary | Partner – Tech|  Barden


Killian will work closely with Jonathan Olden in Cork to build up our tech recruitment practice locally while at the same time taking on key tech leadership assignments and security related roles with our clients nationally and internationally.


“Killian has always impressed me with his knowledge, professionalism, expertise and approach.  His stakeholder rather than shareholder approach to value creation marries seemlessly with how we think about recruitment in Barden.  I’m personally very excited to be working with Killian and am hugely ambitious as to what we can achieve together over the coming years– Ed Heffernan | Managing Partner | Barden | Ireland


(A little about Killian:  Following a successful career in corporate banking, Killian moved into recruitment in 2010 and subsequently spent a number of years in a key leadership role with a large international recruitment company before joining forces with Barden.  Killian is a qualified Career & Leadership coach (and entrepreneur having founded Progress Coaching in 2020), is an expert in tech recruitment (in particular within security and tech leadership) and has managed multiple tech recruitment projects, both large and small, across industry, financial services and practice.




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