August 13, 2020 – Executive search consortium AIMS International has named Maria Shishkova as its new global head of talent management.
“AIMS International’s board of directors welcomes Maria in this challenging position and looks forward to working with her and taking the talent management practice to the next level,” said Bernardo Entschev, president of AIMS. “Growing sustainable leaders has become a key focus area for AIMS International. We are committed to serving our local and international clients with the added value that being part of a collaborative group of global experts brings more expertise to the client.”
Ms. Shishkova, managing partner of AIMS Human Capital Bulgaria, has over 25 years of experience in the areas of general management, human resources, management consulting, assessment and development centers, leadership training and coaching, compensation and benefits, surveys, and executive search, and selection for top managerial positions. In the past 25 years, Ms. Shishkova has worked with over 250 companies, heading and/or participating in projects in Bulgaria and also in a number of surrounding countries, collaborating with AIMS International partners. She is an advisor on a wide variety of topics: leadership, sales skills, corporate culture, organizational development, customer service, team excellence, human resources interviewing, and assessment skills.
Ms. Shishkova will continue to lead the operations of the company in Bulgaria.
With over 80 offices worldwide, AIMS International provides clients with customized, global executive search and talent management services in 50 countries. It has active global practice groups working in the automotive, financial and professional services, FMCG and luxury goods, industrial, IT and telecoms, and life sciences industries, as well as in talent management and board advisory services.
Glowing Global Organization
AIMS has experienced a wave of growth over the past year. The consortium recently appointed Bernardo Entschev as its new president. He took over from Pierangelo Favero who served in the role since 2015. Mr. Entschev is managing partner U.S. and previously served as international vice president and executive vice president for the Latin Americas and Americas regions. He is qualified as a medical surgeon in Brazil and worked as a craniofacial surgeon for 10 years before joining his father’s executive search company in Brazil in 2007. Since then he has become an integral part of AIMS International, growing the business, first in South America and more recently in North America.
“I am honored by the great confidence shown by our general assembly in Marrakech, electing me as president of AIMS International,” said Mr. Entschev. “The executive search market is changing due to the development of tech platforms, connecting candidates and companies. To stay relevant in today’s market, an executive search organization needs to offer more than finding the right candidate.”
At the start of the year, AIMS International expanded with the addition of a new office in Estonia. The consortium’s business in Estonia will led and operated by AIMS International Finland. Senior consultant Ari Loppukaarre and managing partner Markku Krutsin lead the new location.
Recently, AIMS added Search Excellence as a member firm. This led to the formation of AIMS International Ireland, which is Ken McIntyre-Barn. Mr. McIntyre-Barn has been working in the executive search industry since 2010 and has expertise finding executives for organizations in the consumer goods, media and technology, pharmaceutical, connected entertainment, fuels, bio-energy and consulting industries.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media