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John Harty: Partner, Head of Financial Services, Korn Ferry. Photo: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

John Harty: Partner, Head of Financial Services, Korn Ferry. Photo: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

Chris Bellew/ Fennell Photograph

John Harty: Partner, Head of Financial Services, Korn Ferry. Photo: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

There are two types of non-executive director recruited to Irish corporate boards, according to John Harty, a senior partner at executive recruitment specialist Korn Ferry.

As a corporate headhunter, Harty helps companies find both.

He divides the talent pool into, firstly, the corporate power-players who every PLC chair is aware of and who many will have on their wish list for board places, if they can be won over.