Melynda McConnell — Bio

Melynda McConnell
Vice President of Operations

Based in Houston, Melynda McConnell is the Vice President of Operations at Allen Austin.  Melynda is a part of the leadership team and heads the firm’s execution and research teams, supporting the partners to ensure effective, timely, and outstanding search and leadership advisory strategy and execution. As Vice President of Operations, she also oversees day-to-day operations to support the growth of the firm focusing on strategic planning and goal-setting, while directing the operations of the company in support of its goals. Measuring progress and adjusting processes, Melynda keeps the entire organization on track.


With a career that began 15 years ago, Melynda brings a diverse range of industries and roles to the organization.  She has conducted searches for C-Suite, Vice President, and other senior management roles across a broad range of sectors including, but not limited to, energy, legal, government, financial, engineering, construction and industrial services.


In addition to her experience in recruitment, Melynda worked as a Human Resources Manager. In various roles, she has led strategic change management initiatives to ensure efficiencies and client satisfaction.  She has extensive experience in communications, business development, key stakeholder relations, customer service, systems implementation, organizational design, succession planning, and management.


Prior to launching her Human Resources career, Melynda held management roles in a contingency search firm, restaurant, and retail store. Having worked across the oil & gas spectrum with clients in super majors, independent operators, national operators, EPCs, oilfield service companies, midstream, EPC/M, manufacturing and private equity backed companies as well as engineering, & construction organizations, Melynda prides herself on understanding the challenges her clients are facing while delivering outstanding service.  Her diverse background has garnered her the ability to view operations from a global view, identifying challenges and opportunities to improve while continually moving the ball forward.


Melynda enjoys various volunteer opportunities including Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and spending time with her husband and two sons.