Houston, TX, November 1, 2014: Global Executive Search, Strategy & Implementation Solutions firm Allen Austin has announced that it has acquired Chicago-based Gaines International, a retained executive search firm that specializes in the Architectural Design, Real Estate, Construction and Engineering sectors. The transaction includes offices in Chicago, Detroit, New York and London. Gaines International is a global practice that focuses on the Global Design and Building industries to include: Architecture, Interiors, Planning, Engineering, Construction and Real Estate.
“This transaction is consistent with our growth strategy to expand Allen Austin’s influence by acquiring practices that are aligned with our philosophy of delivering sustained and superior value to our clients and providing a great place to work. Acquiring one of the world’s leading executive search brands in its space, significantly benefits Allen Austin’s global clients. For better than thirty-three years, Gaines International has been a premier provider of senior-level executive search and leadership talent,” commented Rob Andrews, CEO of Allen Austin.
Donna Gaines, President of Gaines International, said: “We evaluated multiple offers and settled on the best fit, given our values and mission. Joining forces with Allen Austin, a firm known for its battle tested processes for helping boards and CEOs build sustainable strategies, leadership teams and high performance cultures will be valuable to our clients who have search, vision, strategy, organizational, culture shaping and leadership needs around the world. We see this as a win-win for all involved and look forward to playing a critical role within Allen Austin, as we integrate the best practices of both firms.” Gaines continues: “Our clients are global, and joining Allen Austin gives us the opportunity to collaborate with them wherever they need us to be.”