June 11, 2018 – AltoPartners, an international alliance of independent executive search firms and leadership consultants, has 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. Ms. Hofer has over 25 years of experience in the professional services industry, advising clients around the world on senior-level appointments, board consulting, transition and succession planning, corporate and family business dynamics, and leadership topics. She spent several years living and working in Australia, Singapore and the Middle East. During that time she built a broad portfolio of professional activities and achievements across various business sectors and geographies.
Mr. Hofer has decades of experience in leadership consulting and executive search at board and senior management level. He is a veteran in all aspects of executive search, board consulting, succession planning and strategic talent management and brings a senior insider perspective to his work.
“In today’s connected world, it is essential that we can offer our clients extensive cross-border solutions,” said Mr. Hofer. “AltoPartners, with its highly respected local partners that share our understanding of quality driven processes and client services, represent an exciting milestone in the further growth of Hofer Tan & Partners in the Asia Pacific Region,” said Mr. Hofer.
Sonal Agrawal, AltoPartners’ founding partner and global operating committee member, and managing partner of Accord / India, welcomed Hofer Tan & Partners into the AltoPartners fold. “Asia continues to be an engine of growth globally for both our global and regional clients, and Singapore plays a crucial role as a hub for APAC, South Asia and particularly for the fast growing South East Asian markets,” she said.
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“Cecile and Thomas Hofer have remarkable consulting experience, having extensively served clients in Asia and Europe,” she said. “Most importantly, their quality orientation and DNA resonates with the values and culture at AltoPartners.”
“The addition of a strong, experienced Singapore practice complements our existing Pan Asian operations in China, India, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, to further provide deep local candidate and market insights,” AltoPartners said.
The Singapore economy is considered to be one of the freest, most innovative, competitive, dynamic and business-friendly anywhere. The Index of Economic Freedom ranks Singapore as the second freest economy in the world, and the Ease of Doing Business Index has ranked it as the easiest place to do business for the past decade.
Singapore’s largest companies are in the telecommunications, banking, transportation and manufacturing sectors, many of which started as state-run enterprises and are now listed on the Singapore Exchange. These include Singapore Telecommunications, Singapore Technologies Engineering, Keppel Corporation, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Development Bank of Singapore and United Overseas Bank.
AltoPartners recently added Lisbon, Portugal-based executive search firm Talent Search as a member firm. Talent Search, which has an additional 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 announced that Camden Partners merged with two other independent search firms to begin trading in Australia as AltoPartners. The merger, according to the international consortium, enhances the practice group and sector coverage of its Australia team, and establishes the foundation for future offices in Melbourne and Brisbane. AltoPartners Australia currently has Richard Sterling and Robert Bozek as partners and now has partners Richard Fortune and Peter Tulau as well.
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