November 20, 2017 – AltoPartners, an international alliance of independent executive search firms and leadership consultants, has added Lisbon, Portugal-based executive search firm Talent Search as its newest member firm. The organization now has 59 offices in 37 countries.
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. Mr. Caetano Silva has performed board and C-Level searches for a number of sectors, including financial services, oil & gas, retail, manufacturing and agriculture, among others. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.
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Talent Search’s philosophy is that “winning companies are those that invest in talent, enabling people to express themselves through their actions and creating conditions for them to set an example and remain in the organization,” according to the firm.
“In AltoPartners we found partners with deep local knowledge and a common focus on quality, which now allows us to help our clients across borders with the same attention to detail and focus on quality,” said Mr. Caetano Silva. “With over 10 very intensive years hiring top level executives, I believe that our deep understanding of emerging economies, particularly Portuguese speaking Africa, can be shared and will be helpful to AltoPartners. We are looking forward to being an active partner in our new organization.”
Stephen Dallamore, global chairman of AltoPartners, said international expansion is crucial for the group’s cross-border client success. “However, finding the right partners who embody our approach, philosophy and values has been at the fore of our partner search,” he said. “I am delighted that we have found such a partner in José and the team from Talent Search. The ability to function across borders into multiple geographical locations is paramount to business success in today’s dynamic business environment.”
AltoPartners recently 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.
Recently, the alliance 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.
Beyond India, AltoPartners also expanded in Russia when it gained Excelion Partners International as a partner firm. Excelion has been operating in Moscow since 2010 and is a niche player for international companies moving to, or operating in, Russia and for Russian companies and/or investors expanding globally. Yevgeny Merkel, Excelion’s senior partner, is AltoPartners’ Russia country manager.
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