Amrop Continues Global Growth

June 30, 2017 – Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 80 offices in 52 countries throughout Asia, EMEA and the Americas remains in growth mode. It recently added New York-headquartered Industrial Search Partners (ISP) as a member firm. ISP will lead Amrop’s retained executive search services in the industrial, infrastructure and energy sectors for the U.S.

“Under the impressive leadership of Patrick Ference and Jason Ward, ISP is a dynamic and ambitious firm with outstanding coverage in its fields of expertise,” said José Leyún, CEO of Amrop. “In terms of culture and values, ISP is an ideal match with Amrop’s DNA. We warmly welcome ISP into our partnership, further reinforcing Amrop’s expansion in the U.S.”

Targeted Specialists

ISP specializes in targeted talent acquisition dedicated to industrial manufacturing and services, transportation, supply chain & logistics, aerospace, automotive and the oil & energy sectors. Over the last two decades, ISP has placed more than 250 candidates in executive positions across a broad segment of the market. The firm recently expanded into Pittsburgh with the addition of Sarah Stewart as a director.

Mr. Ward has more than two decades of industrial and international business experience, with a focus on assignments across the industrial and transportation market segments, including heavy manufacturing, processes and converting operations, automotive, electronics, construction, all modes of asset-based transportation and 3PL, Intermodal logistics, import/ export and supply chain.

“By adding ISP to the Amrop, its members can leverage our firm’s growing reputation in the U.S.,” said Mr. Ference. “In addition, ISP can expand our global reach enabling us to better serve our clients who have an interest in international talent acquisition.”

Mr. Ference has 25 years experience in corporate leadership and senior executive search focusing on assignments largely in the industrial sector. He recruits senior executives within all of the major functions including CEO/ president, finance, operations and supply chain, sales, marketing, engineering/ R&D and HR. His industry experience includes work for diversified manufacturing companies and search assignments spanning product/ process manufacturing, power electrical and electronic products, automotive, mining and metals, building products/consumer durable goods and aerospace/ defense.

“In selecting Amrop, we preserve autonomy while allowing our team members and clients access to global partners with similar principles and high standards of performance,” said Mr. Ward. “Recognizing that the U.S. search market requires a different approach, Amrop is expanding by adding U.S. based super-boutiques by industry practice groups. This enables members to respond quickly and efficiently at the point of need, without restrictive bureaucracy, but within an operating framework of shared values, standards, policies and processes.”


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Continued Global Growth

Amrop has undergone a wave of growth recently. The organization just added Francis Lam as senior partner in Shanghai, spearheading the firm’s leadership consulting practice in China. Mr. Lam has been providing talent management consultancy to multi-national corporations and local companies in China and the Asia Pacific region for more than 25 years. His expertise includes executive coaching, strategic alignment and planning, strategic visioning and missioning, organizational transformation including M&A, and sales productivity & performance enhancements.

In March, the firm added new partners in Sweden, Seoul and Miami. Gabriella Jonsson joined as a partner in Stockholm. She works with the rest of the partner team to contribute to the revitalization of the executive search and leadership services industries in the Nordics and beyond. Ms. Gabriella joined Amrop from McKinsey & Company, where she held the role of recruiting manager, Sweden.

Fred Chang-Hyun Jo joined Amrop as a partner in Seoul. He has worked in the executive search industry since 1997. For the last 20 years, Mr. Chang-Hyun has built his experience across a wide range of industries, with particular emphasis in the technology & media, industrial, consumer & retail, financial services and professional services sectors. He has been particularly successful in working with clients under challenging circumstances, including restructurings, turnarounds and start-ups. He served as head of quality assurance at Heidrick & Struggles’ Seoul office.

Steven Bandel joined Amrop as a partner in Miami. He is the former co-chairman of the Cisneros Group, one of the largest privately held media, entertainment, telecommunications and consumer products organizations in the Hispanic world.

Amrop also recently strengthened its staff with the addition of five new recruiters to its global team. Jan Derk Bauerman was named principal and head of the firm’s real estate practice in Germany. Pablo Cavero was hired as a partner in Madrid. Carmine Coccorese joined the firm as a partner in Milan and is a member of Amrop’s global leadership services practice. Saša Fajmut has been named as a director, leadership services, in Ljubljana. Fadwa Mushtag joined Amrop as a consultant in Jeddah.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Chase Barbe, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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