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Penna Consulting appoints executive director

de Valk is the managing director of Penna Talent Practice, the company's global talent division which delivers talent strategy, leadership development, assessment services and executive coaching to large organisations in the public and private sectors.

de Valk joined Penna in December 2013, following the company's acquisition of the UK-listed human resources consulting firm, Savile Group plc, where she was chief executive of the Fairplace Cedar Limited subsidiary. Prior to this, de Valk was chief executive of the Institute of Leadership and Management. Previously, she ran the HR consulting businesses in the UK for Ceridian, a publicly listed HR services organisation.

de Valk has over twenty years' senior executive experience in the leadership and talent development space and has been named as one of HR Magazine's 'most influential thinkers.' She is regularly interviewed on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Five Live, the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Guardian.

Gary Browning, chief executive of Penna, commented, "Penny's appointment to the board is reflective not only of her vast experience in talent development but also of the rising demand for these services from Penna's clients. With growing evidence of skills shortages, retention and development of employees has never been more vital for organisations constantly seeking to maintain a competitive advantage.

"Penna Talent Practice is ideally placed to leverage our extensive blue chip client base and also to attract new clients seeking employee evaluation, coaching, assessment, development and training programmes.

"The growing success of Penna Talent Practice is evidenced in the division's net revenue growth of twenty-eight per cent last year. We are delighted to welcome Penny to the board and look forward to continued growth from Penna Talent Practice."

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