TRANSEARCH Continues Global Expansion

May 4, 2017 – TRANSEARCH International is continuing its expansion with new additions Dilek Gümüslü and Patrizia Fontana as partners in Istanbul, Turkey, and Milan, respectively.

Ms. Gümüslü has five years of experience in executive search, talent assessment / leadership development projects. She has led assignments mainly in financial services, retail, FMCG, automotive, telecommunications, and industrial goods from mid-level manager to senior C-suite executives. In addition, she has expertise in designing and implementing assessment projects, including 360-degree feedback, management simulations and psychometric tools for selection, succession planning and development plans for executives.

Prior to joining TRANSEARCH, Ms. Gümüslü had 17 years of experience in diversified functions such as HR and business consulting, business development and project management. She previously served as a senior consultant with Odgers Berndtson.

Before her career in executive search, she was corporate sales manager in AvivaSa, one of the leading pension fund and life insurance companies in Turkey. She also took a leading role in implementing CRM and bank assurance projects for the company. Previously, she was a business consultant in Andersen Business Consulting with a focus on customer & channel strategy projects in different sectors.


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Turkey has the world’s 17th largest gross domestic product and is among the founding members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The country has a sizable automotive industry, which produced over 1.3 million motor vehicles in 2015, ranking as the 14th largest producer in the world.

Turkish brands like Beko and Vestel are among the largest producers of consumer electronics and home appliances in Europe, and invest a substantial amount of funds for research and development in new technologies related to these fields. Other key sectors of the Turkish economy are banking, construction, home appliances, electronics, textiles, oil refining, petrochemical products, food, mining, iron and steel, and machine industry.

Meanwhile in Italy, Ms. Fontana joins the TRANSEARCH Milan office with 15 years of executive search experience. She has a strong focus on the fashion and luxury sector. Most recently, she served as a partner with Carter & Benson Executive Search, where she led its consumer goods, retail, luxury and communication services practices and was cross market leader for marketing, trade marketing and sales. Her career in executive search began in 2001 with Search Partners International. Before her recruiting career, she worked at Colgate and Palmolive for seven years.

Italy has a capitalist mixed economy, ranking as the third largest in the Eurozone and the eighth largest in the world. The country is well known for its creative and innovative business, a large and competitive agricultural sector, and for its influential and high-quality automobile, machinery, food, design and fashion industries.

While Rome is Italy’s political capital, Milan is the country’s industrial and financial heart. The province of Milan is home to about 45 percent of businesses in the Lombardy region and more than eight percent of all businesses in Italy, including three Fortune 500 companies. It is a major world fashion center, where the sector can count on 12,000 companies, 800 show rooms, and 6,000 sales outlets. Milan is home to brands such as Armani, Prada, Versace, Valentino and Luxottica.

Continued Expansion

TRANSEARCH has recently been seen expanding in various other regions around the globe.

In March, the firm opened two new offices in Brazil located in Sao Paulo and Curitiba. Ricardo Du Pain, who heads up the Sao Paulo office, has 15 years of experience in professional services and specializes in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and high tech industries. Andre Caldeira, who leads the Curitiba office, has an executive career that spans over 20 years. His focus is on technology, communications, education, automotive and retail.

Just recently, it added a new office in Paris headed by Anne Chevillotte, who has over 15 years of experience in executive search. Ms. Chevillotte specializes in manufacturing and business-to-business services. She covers searches in manufacturing (packaging, food, chemical, automotive, engineering, medical device) and leisure / travelling. She has worked for TRANSEARCH for the past 15 years.

In December, TRANSEARCH strengthened its presence in Dubai with the additions of Philip de Waal and Peter Greaves as partners. Mr. de Waal has developed a track record in senior level assignments across the Asia Pacific region, ranging from searches for regional leadership and technical leadership roles in E&P companies, oil field services, consultancy firms, EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) and Subsea as well as regional leadership for private equity backed portfolio businesses. Previously, he was vice president at Maxwell Drummond International. Mr. Greaves has 30 years of experience in recruitment and executive search. Prior to joining TRANSEARCH, he founded and led his own search boutique, IES HR Consultants.

The firm also opened two offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Johannesburg team is headed up by Zinhle Matentji, who serves as CEO of the new location. She has a strong focus on financial services, consumer, retail, petrochemical, logistics /supply chain, mining and chemicals. The Cape Town team is led by Gerrit Wahl, who retained the title of managing partner. Mr. Wahl is an experienced executive search consultant and has worked on more than 100 search assignments in South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa, in almost all industries and functional roles, for global, regional and local clients.

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

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