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Executive Insights: How Lorna Conn is revolutionising recruitment at Cpl.

By Business & Finance
31 July 2023

Executive Insights is an in-conversation content series featuring thought leaders from across the Irish business community. Hosted by Business & Finance, in association with KPMG, the series explores business strategy and how to navigate the current climate.

This episode features Lorna Conn, Chief Executive Officer of Cpl, in conversation with Colm O’Se, Partner, KPMG Ireland.


Cpl is Ireland’s largest recruitment firm. It was acquired by Tokyo-headquartered company, Outsourcing, in January 2021 before Conn took on the role of CEO. Cpl currently employs 14,000 people in over 50 locations across 13 counties globally. Under Conn’s stewardship, the company acquired Neusta Consulting, a German IT contracting company, in 2022 as Cpl continued to grow.

The firm aims to expand overseas and continue to develop the Cpl brand globally.

Lorna Conn

Lorna Conn joined Cpl plc in October 2017 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Deputy CEO in April 2021 and CEO in January 2022. She previously held senior roles in a number of public companies. Conn is a Chartered Director and placed first in Ireland in her Diploma examination.

She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, having trained with Deloitte. She graduated with first class honours in both the Bachelor of Commerce degree in University College Dublin and the Masters in Accounting in the Michael Smurfit Business School.

She was Business Person of the Month, in association with KPMG, in April 2023. The Award acknowledges those who have made significant contributions to the business community of Ireland and recipients of the award are automatically put forward as candidates for the prestigious Business Person of the Year Award at the annual Business & Finance Awards.

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