Eric Salmon & Partners Names Co-Leaders

February 13, 2017 – Executive search firm Eric Salmon & Partners has announced that its long-standing president, Massimo Milletti, has handed over management of the search firm to two partners who will co-head the partnership. Sophie Wigniolle from the firm’s Paris office will lead the together with Raoul Nacke, a managing director in Frankfurt.

“I am proud to announce that Sophie Wigniolle and Raoul Nacke will jointly lead Eric Salmon & Partners for the coming years,” said Ms. Milletti. “Both offer in-depth experience in our profession, strong personal values, consolidated management skills and a recognized image in their markets. This bold choice of two international profiles, embodying a new generation of experienced professionals, illustrates the ambition of Eric Salmon & Partners to meet the new challenges of our profession.”

Ms. Wigniolle and Mr. Nacke jointly stated: “We feel very honored by this election. Our co-presidency illustrates the sharing model and equal share principle of our firm. Our ambition is to accelerate the growth of our firm in some of our key markets within the coming years and to drive the transformation of Eric Salmon & Partners towards a fully embedded leadership consulting firm.”

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Apart from executive search, they said their plans are to further increase the firm’s share in leadership development, succession planning and assessment services.

Ms. Wigniolle has been working for Eric Salmon since 1998. From 2007 to 2015, she headed the Paris office as managing partner. Her search practice focuses on private equity, financial services and international retailers. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for 13 years in the banking sector, specializing in leveraged finance and corporate finance for Indosuez, then for HSBC where she was ultimately in charge of structured finance activities for the French market within the bank’s European team.


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Mr. Nacke has been with the firm since 2008. In 2012, he took over the role of managing partner for Germany. He has more than 20 years of experience in the executive search profession, serving international industrial and consumer goods clients as well as private equity portfolio and family owned companies. Prior to joining Eric Salmon & Partners, he worked for several years with Board Consultants International.

Founded in 1990, Eric Salmon & Partners primarily covers the European and Asian markets by way of nine offices (Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, Shanghai and Singapore). In addition, the firm maintains long term joint ventures in the U.S. and India.

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There have been a number of other top leadership appointments at search firms in recent months, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts, and operations. Here’s a look at several taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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