July 31, 2018 – AltoPartners, an international alliance of independent executive search firms and leadership consultants, has added Denmark-headquartered executive search firm Laigaard & Partners to its fold. Using a bespoke selection and evaluation process, Laigaard & Partners helps clients recruit board members, directors, managers and senior specialists across all key industries.
Laigaard & Partners is a Scandinavian recruitment and leadership consulting company established in 1998. Its partners have all held positions as CEOs and senior executives across a number of industries and functional areas where they have acquired deep industrial insight, leadership skills and a wide network.
“After 20 years as a successful quality-driven Scandinavian executive search company, it is an exciting next step for Laigaard & Partners to join the AltoPartners alliance,” said Claus Laigaard, founder and CEO of the recruitment firm. “We have chosen to join AltoPartners as they share our dedication to quality in processes and client service. It gives us an opportunity to better assist our clients in an international context, and it enables us to leverage our recent top ranking in our local market to help our alliance partners with their needs in our region.”
During the past 20 years Mr. Laigaard has built a solid customer base inside and outside of Scandinavia by applying a philosophy of strong customer focus and uncompromising quality. He has also built a solid and strong network across most industries with the common denominator “high hit-rate” in search. Mr. Laigaard also serves an advisor and coach for a number of companies’ senior teams.
“We have been aggressively growing the AltoPartners international alliance through the addition of high quality, local firms that will provide our clients with seamless cross-border and cross-cultural expertise and service,” said Stephen Dallamore, global chairman of AltoPartners. “We are delighted to welcome the team from Laigaard & Partners to our global alliance.”
Anna Schauman, Novare Group board member and AltoPartners global operating committee member, said Novare Executive Search welcomes Laigaard & Partners as a strong partner in the Nordics. “Our Danish partners complement our well-established and existing collaboration between Sweden, Finland and Norway, and will further provide deep local candidate and market insights,” she said.
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Denmark has the world’s 13th most competitive economy and Europe’s eighth-ranked, according to the World Economic Forum. Companies headquartered in the country include A.P. Møller, Danske Bank, ISS, United Shipping & Trading Company, Novo Nordisk, Wrist Group, Carlsberg, DONG Energy, Arla Foods and Danish Crown.
Last month, AltoPartners added Hofer Tan & Partners, a Singapore-based professional services firm specializing in board search, retained executive search and leadership consulting. Hofer Tan & Partners provides guidance and advice on decisions about leadership, succession, executive consulting and development. The firm is led by co-founder and managing partners Cecile and Thomas Hofer.
In addition, AltoPartners recently added Lisbon, Portugal-based executive search firm Talent Search as a member firm. Talent Search, which also has an office in Luanda, Angola, was founded and is led by José Caetano Silva. He has over 20 years of leading practices of executive search and more than 30 years on strategic consulting, change management and information technologies.
The alliance also added São Paulo, Brazil-based executive recruiters Plongê gente e gestão as a member firm. Plongê, founded by Alda Araújo, Ana Luiza Loureiro and Renata Fabrini, is a consultancy firm focused on people strategy. Plongê has a clear purpose grounded in four core values: authenticity, provoke, depth and embrace, said the firm. The firm’s services include executive search, studies and market trends, as well as organizational development.
AltoPartners also expanded into India with the recent merger of Accord Group India and Stanton Chase India. The firms will relaunch as Accord | India. The combination brings AltoPartners’ Indian business footprint to six offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata and enhances the organization’s global presence to 58 offices across 35 countries.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media