Peter McDonough Joins Pi Board of Directors

Enhancing Talent Innovation

May 22, 2017 (Darien, CT) – The Pi Group, a fast-growing consumer goods talent advisory group comprising Perpetual Insights, Pi Executive, and Perpetual Ambition, announced that Peter McDonough will join its board of directors. McDonough brings The Pi Group, located in both Darien, CT and New York, NY, fresh insights in transforming business performance from prior executive roles leading the marketing organizations at Diageo, Procter & Gamble, Gillette, and Black & Decker.

McDonough most recently was president, chief marketing and innovation officer for Diageo, where he was tasked with overseeing the North America spirits industry’s largest portfolio of top selling brands. In this role, Peter transformed and built the marketing and product development organizations with new capabilities, a more focused strategic outlook, and a business plan that delivered accelerated growth and positioned Diageo as the industry leader in product innovation.  As a member of the North America Executive Team, he played a key role in developing organizational strategy and growth targets for Diageo’s most important global region.

“Peter is a highly accomplished, dynamic leader with extensive business experience in leading international consumer marketing organizations,” says Steve Morrissey, managing partner, The Pi Group. “His proven track record with the C-suite and results-oriented mentality will be a great addition to our Board, advising on marketing, service proposition direction, customer service, and contact network expansion.”

“What Steve is taking on with the Pi Group is quite incredible; in fact, it’s a game-changer for the recruiting industry,” says Peter McDonough. “I applaud the visionary mindset and Pi Group’s work to transform the recruiting model. Rather than transactional, Steve and his team are focused on creating a suite of services that enable the Pi Group to serve as a more strategic, long-term partner to clients in the consumer goods industry. It’s an incredibly powerful business proposition and I’m excited to serve on their board and help them take the company to the next level.”

Prior to joining Diageo, McDonough served in a variety of leadership roles within the consumer goods industry in North America and Europe, including vice president of North American marketing for Gillette, vice president of European marketing for Duracell and Braun, and director of North American marketing at Black & Decker Power Tools.

McDonough is an alumnus of Cornell University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Providence Equity Partners’ Benefit Street RFT, Effie’s Worldwide, Inc., and The Splash Beverage Group. He also participates on the Advisory Boards of IgnitionOne Interactive Inc., Viridian Capital Advisors, and SX Liquors LLC.  Previous board positions included the RFT Board of AR Global Investments LLC, The AdCouncil of America, and The Children’s Trust Fund of Massachusetts.

The Pi Group is made up of three practices: Perpetual Insights, Pi Executive, and Perpetual Ambition, and focuses exclusively on the consumer goods industry. With a dedication to delivering professional level search and consulting services, tailored to meet clients’ needs, The Pi Group is redefining the search industry through innovation and the provision of a full talent lifecycle service. Its diverse portfolio of talent advisory services includes Permanent Recruitment, Executive Search, Executive Coaching, Talent Mapping, Talent Assessment, Consultant Placement, Career Transition and Leadership development and High Performing Team workshops. For more information, please visit the corporate website and/or the LinkedIn page.


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