Alexander Hughes Adds New Member Firm in Paris

April 5, 2024 – 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. Paris-headquartered search firm Alexander Hughes has added Kienbaum Executive Consultants International in Paris as its newest member firm. The firm’s CEO Didier Guillot joins takes over the responsibility for Alexander Hughes’ Paris office as client partner of Alexander Hughes Executive Search. His core expertise is mainly in the industrial, consumer markets, utilities and services sectors.

Mr. Guillot has gained high extensive experience in the recruitment, general management as a CEO and leadership assessment in one of the international top executive search firm and development of international talents as well as the management of a very complex international transformation.

After starting his career at Henkel in France, Mr. Didier stayed for almost 20 years at L’Oreal, where he has been in various HR leadership positions in France, Americas, The Netherlands, Benelux, and Iberia. He then joined Le Duff Group, a family-owned leader in Bakery and Food company present in Europe, Americas and Asia, as a HR VP, before turning to executive search in 2019. Mr. Didier is fluent in French, English and Spanish, understands German and Dutch.

France has a developed, high-income mixed economy, characterized by sizeable government involvement, economic diversity, a skilled labor force, and high innovation. For roughly two centuries, the French economy has consistently ranked among the 10 largest globally; it is currently the world’s ninth-largest by purchasing power parity, the seventh-largest by nominal GDP, and the second-largest in the European Union by both metrics. France is considered an economic power, with membership in the Group of Seven leading industrialized countries, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Group of Twenty largest economies.

Related: Alexander Hughes Expands in London

Founded in 1957, Alexander Hughes is an international executive search firm advising senior management on key talent acquisition: executive and non-executive directors, senior managers and recognized experts. With 53 offices, Alexander Hughes has a fully-owned worldwide coverage offering local expertise combined with global capabilities. The team includes more than 130 consultants operating in 10 practices, ranging from financial services and technology to life sciences, industrial manufacturing, and consumer markets.

Recent Acquisition

Alexander Hughes recently acquired Chicago-based DSML Executive Search. “The move marks a significant milestone in Alexander Hughes’ global growth strategy, positioning the firm as the global executive search and leadership firm of choice for businesses and corporations worldwide,” the search firm said. “The acquisition includes two new offices, one in Chicago and one in Boston.” In addition, Alexander Hughes will retain Myriam Le Cannellier, co-founder and director of DSML Executive Search, who becomes the managing partner of Alexander Hughes USA, and her team of experienced executive search professionals.

“This acquisition marks a pivotal moment for our group,” said Julien Rozet, CEO of Alexander Hughes. “We are very proud to strengthen our presence in the U.S. and to have Myriam Le Cannellier and her team at the helm. Her expertise aligns perfectly with our commitment to deliver the highest standard of executive search and leadership advisory services globally.”

DSML Executive Search specializes in recruiting for European companies doing business in the U.S. Since the firm was established in 2007, they have developed expertise with the following types of searches: Confidential searches to replace a poor performing executive; searches to replace an executive after an acquisition is made in the U.S.; searches for the first employee(s) in the U.S.; and domestic searches from director to C-level executives.

Related: Alexander Hughes Adds Three Former HR Executives

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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