March 3, 2021

Allen Austin Announces New Interim Leadership Practice

By sitemender

(Houston, TX) – Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – Allen Austin, a leading executive search and leadership advisory firm based in Houston, and parent company to Gaines International, is pleased to announce Ari Cretu has joined the firm as Managing Partner of its Interim Leadership & Project Consulting practice.

“I was drawn to the firm by its commitment to culture, disciplined approach to client service, and proven methods of success,” says Ari. “Allen Austin has an aggressive growth strategy planned for the next five years, and I’m honored to be a part of that growth trajectory through building the Interim Practice. It’s an exciting time to join the team, and I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

In his new role, Ari’s responsibilities will include client management, engagement delivery, and overall execution of services. He will also serve as a key member of Allen Austin’s leadership team, assisting in the strategic direction and tactical plans of the firm.

Ari brings 15+ years of experience providing advisory services and interim leadership to start-ups, private equity-backed entities, and publicly traded enterprises. Ari has built a strong track record of assisting companies in identifying critical business issues and driving revenue growth across multiple service offerings, industries, and geographical markets. He prides himself on building longstanding partnerships with investors, owner-operators, management, and boards to deliver value to the organization.

“While getting to know Ari over the last several months, it’s clear that he is not only an exceptional consultant and leader, but he also shares a commitment to our mission, vision and values,” says Darcie Murray, Senior Managing Partner. “We are extremely excited to have him on our team, and for the opportunity to add another service offering for our clients. Our purpose and passion at Allen Austin centers around helping companies build cultures of peak performance and adding an Interim Leadership practice is another avenue through which we aim to be long-term partners and advisors for our clients.”

To learn more, please visit our Interim Leadership Practice page or contact Ari Cretu at


About Allen Austin

Allen Austin is a global management consulting firm specializing in retained search and leadership advisory. In an industry that has not innovated in over 100 years, Allen Austin delivers solutions based on Total Performance Leadership™, the nine principles that enable organizations to reach their highest potential, engaging their workforces and delivering unprecedented shareholder returns.

We are trusted advisors to boards, CEOs, and senior leaders of companies small and large, public, and private, family-owned, private equity, venture-backed, domestic, and international. You can count on us for competence, understanding, empathy, consistency, transparency, and honesty, even when it is not convenient. Allen Austin’s core purpose is to improve the lives and effectiveness of our associates, clients, and the leaders of the world. Our mission is to help leaders build high performance, purpose-driven organizations that produce unprecedented results. For more information, please explore our website.