October 24, 2019 – In an effort to further strengthen its capabilities in the Nordic region, global recruiting organization Amrop has opened a new office in Gothenburg, Sweden. Amrop’s EMEA footprint now covers 46 offices in 34 countries.
The Gothenburg team will focus on developing Amrop’s presence in Western Sweden, especially serving clients within the region’s strong industrial zone. The move increases Amrop’s Nordic presence to six offices in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Amrop has added Marcus Pokorny and Andreas Boke as partners in Gothenburg. Together the pair have more than 40 years consolidated experience in leadership recruitment, each having spent the last five years as consultants at Korn Ferry.
Since 1995, Mr. Pokorny has built a track record in placing senior executives in strategic positions in all industries and sectors. He brings deep experience from other global executive search and recruitment organizations, focused mainly on working with clients in the industrial, supply chain and consumer sectors.
Mr. Boke’s 16 years of search experience includes work as a consultant with Michaël Berglund AB, a boutique firm in Stockholm, the establishment of an office for an international search firm in Gothenburg, and C-level recruitment experience other global search firms. He has supported clients across a broad range of industries, but especially covering industrial and consumer.
In addition, Göran Brittsjö, who has worked with Amrop in Sweden during the last 20 years, will split his time between the Gothenburg and Malmö offices. Amrop in Sweden will now have offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö with a total of 13 partners and 11 research consultants.
“We are excited to begin writing this new chapter for Amrop in Gothenburg,” said Svein Ruud, managing partner of Amrop Stockholm. “The Amrop brand is well-established and well-respected in Sweden, and our ambition is to build on this legacy by strengthening our local presence and positioning, leveraging our global and regional Amrop relationships.”
Sweden is the 16th-richest country in terms of gross domestic product per capita. The service industry accounts for about 85 percent of jobs in the area. The near total absence of heavy industry (and fossil fuel power plants) makes Stockholm one of the world’s cleanest cities. The last decade has seen a significant number of jobs created in high technology companies there. Large employers include IBM, Ericsson, and Electrolux. Stockholm is Sweden’s financial center. Major Swedish banks, such as Nordea, Swedbank, Handelsbanken and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, are headquartered there, as are the major insurance companies Skandia, Folksam and Trygg-Hansa.
Amrop has undergone a wave of growth over the past year. In June, the consortium appointed Federico Cuneo as CEO and chairman of its executive board. He replaced José I. Leyún as CEO. As an executive board member of the Amrop Partnership, and a partner and director of Amrop Peru, Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador since 2005, Mr. Cuneo brings organizational experience, entrepreneurial energy and a global perspective to the role. Mr. Cuneo’s career spans more than three decades of leadership, development and management experience, across banking, manufacturing and financial consulting as general manager, managing director and CFO roles.
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Amrop also recently introduced its new team in Italy led by managing partners Antonio Pellerano and Walter Gai, and supported by partners Alessandra Fogola, Claudia Paladino and Marcella Accorinti. The team, which is called Amrop Italy, provides a full range of senior recruitment and leadership services to companies in the industrial, financial services, life sciences, consumer and retail, media and digital/technology sectors.
“We are excited to announce the formation of this dynamic Italian organization at the heart of our global partnership,” said Mr. Leyún. “The highly-qualified consultants each bring deep sector knowledge and a well-established presence in the Italian market. This is a diverse team with a broad practice, providing world class service to clients and candidates, thus strengthening Amrop’s position in Italy and across Europe.”
Lastly, the consortium expanded with the addition of talent management veteran Pauline Houlihan as a partner in Ireland. Ms. Houlihan joins Amrop from international professional services firm RGP, an international professional services firm, where she spent 12 years as talent management director, focused on the acquisition, management and deployment of senior executive, cross functional, project consultants across Ireland and Europe.
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