New President of IESF

Gertjan van de Groep

IESF Leadership council also appoints new Treasurer

The International Executive Search Federation is proud to announce that Gertjan van de Groep of IESF The Netherlands (Van de Groep & Olsthoorn Executive Search) has taken on the role of President of IESF. Gertjan van de Groep is partner of IESF since 2015. Gertjan has served on the IESF board as Treasurer for the last three years. The President position will be vacated by Victor Carulla from IESF Spain (Headway Executive Search) who is stepping down after completing three successful years as President.

Besides the rotation of Presidency, the IESF Leadership Council also appointed Stephan Löw of IESF Germany (Topos Personalberatung) as new Treasurer. Stephan will work closely with Gertjan and the Leadership Council members of IESF.

Gertjan van de Groep: “I’m looking forward to serving as President. IESF’s success is built on a strong foundation of trust across cultures and dedicated member firms driven to deliver leaders across the globe for their clients. My goal as the new President is to retain and expand our Partner network. Also, to showcase our thought leadership and creating engagement and added value for our partners, candidates, and clients. With a professional and simple process and high-quality standard. I’m a transparent leader and want to make room for new initiatives.”

About IESF

International Executive Search Federation is one of the world’s most recognized international executive search groups / associations. Identifying talent and leadership in 50 offices and 22 countries, we are globally known as “The Local Experts” because we understand regional markets and their specific needs when it comes to executive recruitment. We offer a fully customized, local approach to search projects, based on culture, regional economics, and the local candidate marketplace. We never seek to impose a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Our search process is optimized to the local culture.

About the author

Gertjan van de Groep


Gertjan Van de Groep (1970) is Managing Director at Van de Groep & Olsthoorn. He focuses on General, Commercial and Technical staff and management positions in Industry, Technology and Logistics.

Gertjan graduated in 1993 as a Bachelor of Engineering in Utrecht, then pursued a leadership development program at Nyenrode Business University. He started his career as a Production/Lean Engineer and later as a Management Trainee in Logistics. In 1997, he started as Consultant at Van de Groep & Olsthoorn, the company that his father Wim founded in 1979. Gertjan became Director in 2007. His new set of consulting, entrepreneurship and management functions fit him like a glove.

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