AIMS International Opens Office in Estonia

February 18, 2020 – Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations. Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas.

Executive search consortium AIMS International has 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 will spearhead the new location.

Estonia is one of the fastest growing economies in the E.U. The indicators for ease of doing business, published by the World Bank Group, places Estonia in 16th place in the world in front of such countries as Canada, Switzerland and U.S. With a population of around 1.3 million people and a geographic location centrally in the Baltics, Estonia offers opportunities for many businesses, locally, regionally and globally, to expand and grow their services and offerings. Estonia has been a member of the E.U. since 2004 and is an active member in a number of business related organizations such as the Nordic Investment Bank, OECD, WTO and the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

Mr. Loppukaarre is responsible for the Estonian market. Having lived for three years in Estonia, he has gained a strong knowledge of the country and language. Mr. Loppukaarre has more than eight years of experience in recruitment and executive search. He has been a research consultant, recruitment consultant and executive search consultant. His experience in research consultant roles gives him a solid background for finding and identifying the right candidates for any level and function of an organization, said AIMS.

Mr. Krutsin focuses on executive search assignments and development projects regarding business, organization and management, mainly in the field of consumer business, industry, services, wholesale and retail. Before joining AIMS Finland, he worked for over 20 years in the business management world as a corporate executive and a business area leader.

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.

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“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.”

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

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