March 15, 2018 – AIMS International has expanded with the addition of Takehiko Ono as managing partner of AIMS Thailand.
Mr. Ono has over 20 years of experience in executive search and the HR industry. Before joining AIMS, he served several industry sectors, including automotive, IT and telecommunications. As managing director of a recruiting company, he staffed foreign engineers for manufacturing companies in Japan from Thailand, Vietnam and China as well as searched for executives in these countries. Mr. Ono is also experienced in strategically planning for new opportunities in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, which will be further explored with the various cross-border business initiatives AIMS International now offers.
“We are delighted to witness further expansion of our AIMS family – having reliable partners throughout the world who deeply understand their local markets while promoting international cooperation is a true asset,” said Pierangelo Favero, president of AIMS. “Our new AIMS Thailand partner will surely further strengthen our presence in the APAC region.”
Takehiko Ono, who is fluent in Japanese and English as well as understands Spanish and Thai, regards Thailand as a growing economy with many interesting business opportunities to be explored. “Joining the AIMS international network therefore equips me with valuable connections and relationships amongst global AIMS partners, as well as enables outstanding servicing of local, regional and international clients,” he said.
Thailand is newly industrialized and the economy is emerging. It functions as an anchor economy for the neighboring developing economies of Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. Substantial industries include electric appliances, components, computer components and vehicles. Forty-nine percent of Thailand’s labor force is employed in agriculture.
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 & professional services, FMCG & luxury goods, industrial, IT & telecoms and life sciences industries, as well as in talent management and board advisory services.
AIMS has experienced a wave of growth over the past year. Just recently, it added Moscow-headquartered executive recruiters Midland Hunt as a member firm. Midland’s founder Marina Stepanova assumed the title of managing director AIMS Russia. Ms. Stepanova and her team focus exclusively on search for C-level executives, board positions and middle management roles. They have over 12 years of experience working with Russian and multinational organizations.
The organization also recently named Jonathan Khoo as managing partner for AIMS Singapore. He has a wealth of experience in executive search as well as executive management across the industrial sectors, notably transport and engineering and IT & telecommunications and life sciences, among others. Mr. Khoo, who is fluent in English and Chinese, most recently served as managing partner for Southeast Asia at NGS Global.
Recently, AIMS bolstered its membership with the addition of Excellia Capital Humain in Tunisia, Africa. With over 15 years of experience in executive search and strategy and leadership consulting, Excellia Capital Humain is led by managing partner Ines Bouharb. Her firm has led executive search projects from the C-suite to senior professionals across several industries including engineering, IT, FMCG, power supply and many others. Excellia Capital Humain also offers expertise in talent management services such as assessments, training and executive coaching.
AIMS also added Norway-headquartered RUUD Executive Search & Advisory AS. The firm is led by managing partner Tor-Egil Ruud, who has over 17 years of experience in recruitment, executive search and leadership services from several national and international market-leading companies. He has conducted over 250 national and international assignments.
Lastly, AIMS entered the Chicago market with the addition of executive search firm Alder Bowman. The firm is led by president and managing director David Williger, who has achieved a strong record of leading executive search and talent acquisition engagements across all functional disciplines.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media