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Whitepaper: The age of smart Industry

Trends in the Manufacturing Industry looking forward to 2022 and beyond Already before the pandemic disruption in 2020 and 2021 there were major changes on their way in the manufacturing industry. But the pandemic caused a real boost in the adoption of Industry 4.0 or…

Israeli company successfully appoints new local Managing Director for their company in Romania

Business insights from our IESF partners in Israel & Romania What do you do when you as an Israeli company have been searching for an experienced Managing Director for your location in Romania for several years, but can’t seem succeed? This organization is small but…

Announcement: New President of IESF

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…

Accelerated Development of High-Potentials – Building an Executive

Written by Pia Torreck and Jasmin Dahl, from IESF Denmark. Excellent top management is the key to any successful business. Poor top management prevent growth and earnings. Bad managers lack skills, fail to delegate, and do not take full advantage of the skilled leaders and…

Seduced by incompetence

“Incompetent leaders are the main reason for low levels of employee engagement, and the prevalent high levels of passive job-seeking and self-employment” The quote comes from Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, the author behind the book with the provocative but shred title “Why Do So Many Incompetent Men…

The importance of business models in Executive Search

Do you work with a headhunter who finds state of the art candidates? Executive Search consists of more than just recruiting candidates from the competitor of the company. Pia Torreck and Jasmin Dahl from our IESF Denmark partner Ingvardsen II Partners explain in this article…

IESF expands international network in the US

IESF, the International Executive Search Federation, is pleased to announce that the organization is now represented by a new partner in the United States. We welcome Find Great People to our international network. This expansion is in line with the expansion strategy of IESF to…

IESF welcomes RUUD Executive from Norway to its international network

IESF is pleased to announce that the organization is now also represented in Norway, by RUUD Executive. This expansion is in line with the strategy of IESF to be strongly represented worldwide as a growing international organization and to serve their clients needs across country…

The importance of cultural collaboration in a sensitive search for a new Country Manager USA

Business insights from our IESF partner in Israel An Israeli global company which produces high quality products for the automotive and aviation industries, active in many countries, requested advice from IESF. Due to the sensitivity of the process, the client has asked to keep their…

How to keep your employees motivated after more than 1 year working from home because of the pandemic

IESF showcase: Attract and develop your employees and create better results It has been more than a year with the pandemic. Working from home, keeping your distance, and sanitizing hands like never before. How do we stay motivated? Society shames people that do not comply…

IESF Industry Insights: Disruption in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is facing enormous changes and great challenges. IESF partners operate in several different industries worldwide and are always following the market trends. Our German partner Achim Moraw of Topos Personalsberatung is sharing his global insights regarding the 3 biggest disruptions in the…

New Managing Director for rental company manages operational excellence successfully in times of the pandemic

Boels Rental, a Dutch family business founded in 1977, is one of the most renowned rental companies in Europe. IESF partners from the Netherlands and Belgium worked together in searching the best suitable candidate for the position of Managing Director Belgium and Luxembourg. Main focus…

New leader to help a successful family-run manufacturing business grow in China

Business insights from our IESF partners in China & The Netherlands Bons & Evers, a Dutch family business of over 70 years, has been transforming to a reputable market leader of hot forging and machining of brass, copper and aluminum alloys. Their main goal is…

Key learnings on International Executive Search and partnerships over het years

Interview Tim Smith, IESF’ new Advisory Board member as of April 2021 Tim Smith, founder of the ASLON Group Executive Search in the US, has over more than 37 years of experience in executive search and has been a member of the International Executive Search…

Virtual recruitment: How to be successful with a modernized approach to recruiting that involves video interviewing

IESF organized Masterclass Video Recruitment for its partners, April 22th   The hiring process is changing rapidly as our world shifts to remote work. While the focus on online hiring has accelerated in recent months, the ability to manage the entire hiring process virtually is…

IESF launches Advisory Board to support business strategy and decision-making

Tim Smith appointed as first member The International Executive Search Federation – IESF – introduces an Advisory Board. Aim is that this body will not only enhance the international network reputation and credibility but will also provide the President and current members of the Leadership…

IESF in the top 40 Global Talent Providers 2021 by Hunt Scanlon

IESF has been included in the Global 40 by Hunt Scanlon, the list of global Executive Search Firms that now dominate the recruiting business worldwide. Founded in 2002, IESF is one of the most recognized executive search associations in the world. Currently, it is composed of 21 boutique firms highly specialized…

6 Ways COVID-19 Has Changed the Job Market

As Covid-19 rips through the economy, all of us are left thinking: what will this hold for jobs in the future? Will we ever be the same again? However, the reality prevails: change is the only constant amongst a world of uncertainty. Emmanuel White, Co-Founder…

New Work, New Pay, New Normal – Current Challenges for SMEs

IESF proudly presents an expert article published in PERSONALintern – an online newsletter for the HR Management in the DACH region – written by Stephan Löw, Managing Partner at Topos Personalberatung and exclusive IESF partner for Germany. In this article Stephan explains the HR term…

The International Executive Search Federation (IESF) hosts successful global virtual conference on the 8th of April, 2021

Every year in April IESF organizes a European Regional Meeting, which was initially planned to take place in Copenhagen this year. Due to the pandemic and the travel restrictions, IESF was forced to host an inspiring online meeting instead. The meeting brought together 20 countries…

The power of diversity

Diversity – gender, ethnic and cultural – is a remarkable source of richness, bringing a positive dynamic to business management. However, too often the importance attributed to this quality is systematically underestimated by organizations, if compared to other qualities such as technical or social skills….

True Leadership in times of crisis

“Leaders who have stood out through the pandemic share three key behaviors on top of their excellent qualities: they embrace change; they thrive in uncertainty; and they adjust according to the environment.”  The world of work is changing rapidly, because of COVID-19 and the enduring…

IESF hosted Webinar innovative tools & services for Executive Search worldwide

IESF hosted an online Webinar with the topic ‘IESF tools & services’ on March 4, 2021. In this webinar we shared several tools and services that have been developed in different IESF countries, with the goal to share these valuable insights with each other so it can also add…

The Why in being partner of IESF

IESF was founded in 2002 by partners in Asia and Europe with a clear vision of growing a Global Group, unhindered by corporate restrictions and rigidity and clients’ growing needs. IESF partners are business leaders experienced in addressing the requirements of growing businesses around the…

The importance of Total Career Management for Millennial Managers

Interview with Patrick Meirlaen, labor market specialist and CEO of The Future Alliance (partner of IESF) about the future of HR and the shift to Total Career Management in redefining the recruitment process post COVID-19. “Outplacement on the one hand and team crafting on the…

Trends in Executive Search looking at 2021 and beyond

Undoubtedly companies will continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 well into 2021; this will affect their hiring strategy for the year. Looking back on 2020 and forward to 2021, there are several trends in the Executive Search Industry. Which specific trends does IESF identify…

Impact of COVID19 on The Labor Market in Chile and Peru

In August 2020, our exclusive Partners IESF Peru (Virtus) and IESF Chile (HR Buró) carried out the Labor Market Study in their countries. They surveyed 36 companies from the mining, agribusiness and energy sectors about how they are facing the COVID-19 crisis in their industries….

IESF held its frst virtual AGM 2020

The International Executive Search Federation (IESF) held its first virtual Annual Global Meeting (AGM) on the 20th of October, 2020. The meeting brought together 21 countries with more than 30 participants, involving dynamic discussions about the recruiting sector impacts due to the pandemic outbreak. One…

A coffee meeting with the headhunter

By Pia Torreck, Katrine Rømert and Caroline Otto – Ingvardsen ll Partners, Denmark “An inadequate CEO can ruin a company in the course of a few months.” This quote originates from one of our customers – a well-known Equity Fund. Both Equity Funds as well…

Adapting in Uncertain Times

Many expect a significant pause in business, followed by a sharp rebound later this year.  Hunt Scanlon’s latest 2020 Executive Recruiting State of Industry Report reveals how the nation’s top executive recruiters are resetting expectations in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic crisis. Hunt…

IESF Webinar: Back to Business

Last week, IESF held 2 webinars ¨Back to business – how the pandemic is changing industries today and in the future¨ with over 50 participants worldwide. During this interactive webinar, participants shared their experience of how their business and industries of their countries are facing…


IESF has been included in the Global 40 by Hunt Scanlon, the list of global talent providers that now dominate the recruiting business worldwide. Founded in 2002, IESF is one of the most recognized executive search associations in the world. Currently, it is composed of 23 boutiques highly specialised in the executive…

Home office is here to stay

  By Gloria Sotomayor, Managing Partner at North Hunters, Mexico. In July 2019, Mexico’s Senate approved work from home as labour benefit with the purpose of better performance, productivity and workers quality of life. (Article 311, Federal Labor Law 2020 ) During my career as…

The Romanian HR – with mask and gloves

  By Adelina Rosca, General manager at Rosman Talent Solutions, Romania. Already in the eighth week of isolation and we can say we have learned, in an extremely short time, to live differently than we could ever imagine before the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still…


  By Pia Torreck, Partner at Ingvardsen ll Partners. A handshake has many meanings; “Welcome”, “I’ve seen you”, “thank you for a good deal”, “goodbye”, “see you” etc. At a time when we need to keep our distance and reduce infection, we need to develop…

Agile Leadership

By Pia Torreck, Partner at Ingvardsen ll Partners; Katrine Rømert, Research Assistant at Ingvardsen II Partners and Philip Santilhano, Research Associate at Ingvardsen II Partners. Value-based management, Positive Leadership, Situational Leadership or Total Quality Management. There is an overload of concepts that provide input on…

5 Good Reasons to Partner Exclusively With Search Firms

By Emmanuel White, Co-Founder at WeLinkTalent, Exclusive partner IESF Singapore.  When recruiting for a position in the organisation, hiring managers often find themselves facing a huge pile of CVs, a majority of which is usually irrelevant, that demands their time and, well, patience, to sort…

Why do C-levels need coaching?

By an exclusive IESF Israel partner, Eti Katabi, Partner at Kishurim HR. Ironically, many C-levels don’t even consider working with executive coaches. Sometimes, it seems as if executive coaching is dedicated to serving an audience who doesn’t recognize its value. There are a few reasons behind…


The International Executive Search Federation (IESF) held its Annual Global Meeting (AGM) in Montreal, Canada from the 16th – 19th of September 2019, hosted by Mandrake, exclusive IESF Canada partner. The meeting brought together professionals from more than 20 countries, involving dynamic discussions and presentations…


Insight into the managerial recruitment processes by the Executive Search Consultant with 28-year long experience.


By Seher Demirci, the Managing Partner at Benson & Partners

Since the end of 2018, value sales within the luxury consumer goods industry has been significantly increasing in the Middle East Market.


IESF has been included in the Global 30 by Hunt Scanlon, the list of global talent providers that now dominate the recruiting business worldwide.

Founded in 2002, IESF is one of the most recognized executive


By Pia Torreck, Partner at Ingvardsen ll Partners, and Jacob Vikkelsøe, Research Assistant at Ingvardsen II Partners

Hit the ground running – off to a Good Start

The former CEO is out the door and


Article by Pia Torreck Partner at Ingvardsen ll Partners and Philip Santilhano, Stud.Psych, Copenhagen University

Do personality tests work?
The answer to this question depends on how the test is implemented and which tests are


The IESF Regional Meeting 2019 took place on March 28 and 29 and was hosted by Alessandra Conte from Alexander & Duke in Milan, Italy. There were 20 attendees from 10 countries such as


Article by Nasly Drago, Associate Partner at Key Executives

In the last 50 years, the leadership have passed for different approaches management, since the authoritarian until the actual “Conscious Leadership”, focus on the “we”, rather


An article by Andréa de Paula Santos, Partner at Ascend Executive Search – Brazil. 

We live in a time where internet gives us unlimited access to knowledge and information, virtual communication allows the contact with


An article by HR BURÓ – IESF Chile. 

“Getting the right people on the bus in the right seats”. This quote of Jim Collins, management guru and American writer, was the most liked in HR


An article by Víctor Carulla, Managing Partner at HEADWAY Executive Search

The Harvard Business Review magazine has recently published the ranking of the world’s top-performing CEOs, where Pablo Isla, of the Spanish fast-retailing giant Inditex

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