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Penny O'Reilly

Penny O'Reilly

Managing Director, ManpowerGroup Australia

​Penny O’Reilly is a highly respected leader and influencer within the Australian and New Zealand Recruitment Industry. Since joining the Recruitment Industry over two decades ago, Penny has operated at an operational, strategic and executive level to support thousands of organisations across Australia and New Zealand design, build, implement and manage successful recruitment programs.

In 2021, Penny was appointed to the global leadership team of ManpowerGroup. As Managing Director of ManpowerGroup Australia, Penny holds overall responsibility for the ongoing growth, success and strategic direction of the ManpowerGroup Australia operation.

Prior to this appointment, Penny held Managing Director roles at global recruitment firms Hudson and Kelly Services.

In 2015, Penny was appointed to the board of the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association (RCSA), the peak body for recruitment professionals and employment consultants across Australia and New Zealand. In 2020, Penny was elevated to the role of Vice President, RCSA.  

Penny is a deeply engaging leader with demonstrated success in building businesses that deliver sustainable profit. She is a firm believer in enabling people to achieve their potential and a strong industry advocate. Penny is also a regular commentator on recruitment strategy, diversity and inclusion, people management and leadership issues within the Australian and New Zealand market.  

Penny completed a Bachelor of Business & Management at the University of Newcastle and holds certification from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. On a personal level, Penny enjoys travel, sport, new challenges and the simple pleasure of spending downtime with her family and good friends.