October 25, 2023 – Amrop, a global leadership advisory and executive search partnership, has opened a new office in Madrid, Spain. “Over the past three years Spain has been leading growth in the Euro zone, driven by structural changes, investments, and a dynamic employment market,” said Annika Farin, chair of the global Amrop Partnership SC. “We see many opportunities in this positive economic climate, and it is therefore the right moment for Amrop to enter the market. Amrop Spain will benefit from our strong global capabilities in senior talent acquisition and assessment. We look forward to collaborating with our new team.”
Led by Oscar Garcia-Velasco, an experienced entrepreneur who has previously led regional and global organizations in the technology and private equity industries, the Amrop Spain team is positioned to provide client-focused executive search and leadership advisory services. He is joined by partners Isabel Reija, a C-level executive and entrepreneur who is a reference in the local and regional energy sector, and Carmen Tuñas, an executive search partner with more than 20 years’ experience working across different industries such as banking, retail, logistics and private equity, among others. The team is rounded with Federico Cuneo, an entrepreneur and search professional with more than two decades of experience within Amrop, having been part of the Amrop’s global board for nine years and a past chairman of the Amrop Partnership. He joins Amrop Spain as chair and senior global partner.
“In serving its clients, Amrop Spain will reinforce traditional methods of delivering talent solutions by applying AI based technologies, thereby innovating how the executive search industry operates in Spain – accelerating processes, improving decision-making, and increasing efficiency with our customers,” the search consortium said.
Spain’s capitalist mixed economy is the 14th largest worldwide and the fifth largest in the European Union, as well as the Eurozone’s fourth largest. Spain was the second most visited country in the world, recording 82 million tourists which marked the fifth consecutive year of record-beating numbers. Spanish companies invested in fields like renewable energy commercialization (Iberdrola was the world’s largest renewable energy operator); technology companies like Telefónica, Abengoa, Mondragon Corp., Movistar, Hisdesat, and Indra; train manufacturers like CAF and Talgo; global corporations such as the textile company Inditex; petroleum companies like Repsol and Cepsa; and infrastructure, with six of the 10 biggest international construction firms specializing in transport being Spanish, such as Ferrovial, Acciona, ACS, OHL, and FCC.
Commitment to Spain
“Our commitment to excellence and our strong focus on client satisfaction will guide our operations in Spain,” said Mr. Garcia Velasco. “Our team brings an innovative and energized approach to the Spanish leadership services sector. We are here to partner with Spanish organizations in attracting and developing top talent, ultimately driving growth and success in Spain and Latam, where Amrop is already a market leader.”
Key services offered by Amrop Spain include:
• Executive search to identify and recruit senior-level executives and leaders.
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• Leadership advisory to enable strategic decision-making and drive organizational performance.
• Board and corporate governance advisory to enhance board effectiveness.
• Succession planning to build talent pipelines.
Mr. Garcia-Velasco is the managing partner of Amrop Spain. He has experience leading regional and global organizations in the technology and private equity industries. From within these organizations, Mr. Garcia-Velasco has built senior teams out of Europe, America, and Asia. His expertise also includes global M&A, investments, and international affairs.
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Amrop has expanded in Ireland with the addition of Catherine Tempany as a new partner. She has over 25 years’ business experience at senior management level with a range of Irish and international companies. As an executive search consultant, her focus has been on international C-suite roles across various sectors. Previously, Ms. Tempany held a number of senior commercial and operations roles at O2 Ireland, Vodafone Ireland, and American Airlines. As a qualified leadership and executive coach, she brings to Amrop a coaching perspective and insight to her executive search practice.
Ms. Reija is a partner at Amrop in Spain. She has experience in the energy and mobility sectors with a capacity for growing businesses from scratch. Ms. Reija also plays a role as investor, advisor and board member in companies and other institutions, especially in education and professional schools as well as foundations.
Ms. Tuñas is also a partner at Amrop Spain in Madrid. She brings more than 20 years of professional experience in executive search and talent management, having worked for diverse clients and industries across various geographies. Ms. Tuñas began her career at Amrop Seeliger y Conde in Madrid as a researcher in 2000 and worked as a consultant since 2005.
Mr. Cuneo joined Amrop in 2005 and is a partner and director of Amrop Perú, Panamá and Brazil leading search assignments for senior executives and board members for national and international companies. He has previously been part of Amrop’s global board for nine years, past chairman of the global board, ex-vice chair of the Americas and former member of Amrop’s membership committee.
Founded in 1977, Amrop advises organizations in executive search, board, and leadership services. The organization has 67 offices in 54 countries.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; and Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media