June 16, 2016 – Executive search firm Alder Koten has acquired OCE Consulting, a Houston-based management consulting firm.
OCE Consulting focuses on helping clients achieve successful deployment of their business strategies, through culture deployment and the effective application of change management techniques. The firm’s list of clients includes a wide array of companies in different industries and regions of the world – including industrial conglomerates, manufacturers, energy companies, and financial institutions.
As part of the integration, Ricardo Monardez, OCE Consulting’s managing director, will join Alder Koten as managing partner for Alder Koten Advisory. He formerly served as global director of organizational development for Lincoln Electric.
“We are excited to work alongside our new colleagues at Alder Koten in helping clients shape their organizations,” said Mr. Monardez. “For companies undergoing strategic shifts, the effective deployment of strategies through focused organizational change is a critical component to success.”
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“Through their collective experience, the partners at OCE Consulting have witnessed the challenges organizations face when attempting to effect lasting change,” said Jose Ruiz, Alder Koten’s CEO. “Their senior team of consultants has over 20 years of business experience and a hands-on approach that builds trust, cooperation, and teamwork.”
Alder Koten Advisory will help shape organizations and deploy culture shaping through four distinct areas:
- Leadership Configuration: Helping build executive management teams that are committed to working together to deliver on the strategic goals of the company;
- Cultural Mobilization: Developing a commitment to the strategy at every level of the organization, and an enhanced ability to coordinate effectively where the work gets done;
- Customer-focused Excellence: Ensuring effective coordination of action, building customer-centric processes, based on commitments and work practices that align the efforts of the organization to develop a ‘promises kept’ culture;
- Performance Management: Deploying a consistent process to manage and assess performance across a diverse set of functions, regions, or business units.
“This addition brings a new dimension to Alder Koten’s capabilities,” said Richard Spitzer, senior adviser with Alder Koten and former global managing partner of the automotive and industrial equipment sectors at Accenture. “The team can bridge the gap between a theoretical and a deployed strategy. They focus on fostering alignment around new strategic targets and ensure teams have the capacity to deliver them.”
Alder Koten helps clients acquire, develop and transition leadership talent through a combination of research, executive search, cultural & leadership assessment, and other talent advisory services which include career planning, outplacement, coaching and leadership training. The firm has offices in Bogota, Dallas, Guadalajara, Houston, Mexico City, Monterrey and New York.
Hunt Scanlon Media recently reported on other search firms offering more than just traditional recruiting services. Here’s a closer look at just a few of them and what they offer:
- Executive search firm The Overture Group launched a compensation consulting practice and added Mark Reilly to lead it as managing director. He has expertise in compensation, including short term and long term incentive compensation plan design, expert testimony, and performance measurement to a wide range of companies from start-ups to the Fortune 500.
- Eg.1 opened a new office in New York City earlier this year to support its continued growth in the U.S. The firm’s expanded team and new office will enable it to provide improved business intelligence and local, on-the-ground executive search support services to its clients;
- Ryan Search & Consulting formed a partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) a few months ago to provide clients with a deeper array of leadership development resources. A global provider of leadership development, CCL works with individuals, teams, organizations and companies to help them achieve their objectives through leadership development & organizational guidance, coaching, change leadership, culture transformation and succession planning. For over 40 years, the firm has worked with more than one million leaders at all levels in more than 130 countries worldwide;
- In February, Heidrick & Struggles acquired Decision Strategies International (DSI), a Philadelphia-based strategy and leadership advisory firm. Founded in 1990 by Paul Schoemaker, DSI has advised some of the world’s best-known organizations; it specializes in strategic planning and decision making in uncertain operating environments, leadership development, and talent strategy. This acquisition comes on the heels of Heidrick’s acquisition of Co Company, a London-based advisory boutique specializing in leadership services that accelerate organizational performance. Both firms have now been merged into Heidrick’s leadership consulting business;
- Executive search firm Conroy Ross recently partnered with Optimum Talent, a privately owned integrated talent management firm. Together, they provide clients with a full offering of leadership solutions including executive search, leadership development, coaching, organizational psychology and career transition;
- Several months ago, Korn Ferry finalized its acquisition of Hay Group for $452 million. Hay Group now includes Korn Ferry’s former Leadership and Talent Consulting segment. Hay Group, founded 72 years ago, is a global leader in people strategy and organizational performance and is sure to give Korn Ferry the heft it was seeking to service clients well beyond its executive search core offering.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media