April 4, 2017 – AltoPartners, an international alliance of independent executive search firms and leadership consultants, has announced that Camden Partners has 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 it will be bolstered new partners Richard Fortune and Peter Tulau.
Mr. Fortune is a long standing executive search consultant and board advisor. He founded the executive search firm Relead Group and prior to that he served as a senior consultant with global search firms Swann Global and Downing Teal. In his new role, he will be focusing his executive recruiting efforts on natural resources, infrastructure & utilities, supply chain and board appointments.
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Mr. Tulau has a 20-year career history with Chandler Macloed and its subsidiary Luminary Search, one of Australia’s largest recruitment and human services firms. His clients have included foreign multinationals, ASX listed organizations and high quality small and mid-sized enterprises. At AltoPartners, he will be focusing on industrials, engineering, infrastructure & utilities, manufacturing and supply chain.
“When one of our clients or candidates interacts with AltoPartners, they will see a substantial and energetic executive search organization that delivers best practices globally,” said Mr. Sterling. “Trading as AltoPartners removes the confusion of dual branding and delivers a powerful message about local knowledge and global experience.”
By having associates in Melbourne and Brisbane, he added, AltoPartners will have access “to the immense diversity of talent as well as key decision makers across all industry sectors, from financial services through to manufacturing, natural resources, professional services and the sciences.”
“Working in Australia under the single brand of AltoPartners will provide the team with the powerful benefit of global brand reinforcement, access to global best practices and will provide added benefits to the clients of the firm,” said Stephen Dallamore, global chairman of AltoPartners. “In addition, I am delighted that Richard Sterling and Robert Bozek, two highly-regarded search professionals, will now be joined by Richard Fortune and Peter Tulau as this will really amplify the impact of AltoPartners Australia.”
The eastern seaboard of Australia, particularly Sydney and Melbourne, is home to the majority of Australia’s companies and provides a headquarters’ seat for a number of foreign companies operating in Australia or within the South East Asian region. Ranked third in the Index of Economic Freedom, Australia is the world’s 12th largest economy and has the fifth highest per capita GDP.
AltoPartners has a presence across Asia Pacific with offices in Australia, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand and it maintains a strong presence across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Just recently, the alliance 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 footprint to 58 offices across 35 countries.
In addition to India, AltoPartners recently 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.
In October, the alliance added Backer Wurzel & Partners in Argentina and Equation Partners in Peru as member firms. Founded in 2012, Backer Wurzel & Partners focuses on helping CEOs and senior directors in leveraging performance and effectiveness at both management team and individual levels. The firm has an integrated portfolio of two services: executive search and team performance (effective teams, executive coaching and culture). Equation Partners provides executive search services to a wide diversity of sectors and industries (financial sector, retail, real estate, telecommunications, health and life science, energy, construction, mining services, manufacturing industry and nonprofit organizations).
AltoPartners also recently added Seoul-based Korean search firm Pathfinder and Swiss executive recruiters MPB Recruitment Group AG, as its newest member firms. The organization said the business development opportunities that exist in both Korea and Switzerland are of strategic importance for existing clients and partners in the alliance.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media