Boyden Expands in Brussels

March 4, 2020 – Boyden has expanded with the additions of Fanny Gimenez and Koen Vandenberghe as managing partners in Belgium and Luxembour as well as Paul Maertens as a partner to further build the firm’s market leadership in Europe.

“Fanny, Koen and Paul’s impressive expertise will enable Boyden to further grow our board and C-suite search work in a key European market,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO of Boyden. “The addition of this outstanding group of professionals with Boyden Belgium/Luxembourg supports our expansion in EMEA, where we’re providing clients with world-class leadership advisory solutions.”

“Boyden’s global reach and client-centric strategy were among the key factors in our decision to join the firm,” said Ms. Gimenez, Mr. Vandenberghe and Mr. Maertens in a joint statement. “We look forward to partnering with our colleagues across many sectors in talent and leadership advisory, while leveraging Boyden’s tailored client solutions.”

Fanny Gimenez, a member of Boyden’s industrial practice and private equity and venture capital practice, brings to the firm over 20 years’ management and consulting experience. Her broad functional expertise in general management spans supply chain, sales, marketing, customer service and system implementation, enables her to support a wide range of clients. Ms. Gimenez joins Boyden from another leading talent advisory firm, where she focused on leadership consulting and interim management. Earlier in her career, she held management roles at Elis, Imo Carwash Ltd and Bpost.

Mr. Vandenberghe, a member of Boyden’s consumer and retail practice and professional services practice, is an advisor who has conducted numerous senior management engagements in finance, operations, sales and marketing, and technology. For 10 years he has held leadership roles in executive search and leadership consulting, where he built a strong reputation supporting organizations with growth trajectory, revitalization and transformation. Prior to executive search, Mr. Vandenberghe held management and marketing roles at Bpost, Lanoo Publishers, Henkel and Lotus Bakeries.

Mr. Maertens, a member of Boyden’s CEO and board services practice and technology practice, will leverage his 30 years in corporate and public affairs, public policy and corporate governance to provide clients counsel on leadership, political, regulatory and audit committee requirements. Prior to founding his own consulting firm, Mr. Maertens held various management, external affairs and chief auditor roles at EDF Luminus, Proximus and Coca-Cola Co. He also served as chief of cabinet to Jean-Luc Dehaene, former prime minister of Belgium.

Expansion Plans

Boyden continues to expand and add talent across several global regions. Here are some related news items from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

In a series of key leadership decisions, Boyden will largely be staying the course as it looks to continue its growth moving forward. Jörg Kasten has been re-elected to a third term as chairman and Trina Gordon won another term as president CEO, through 2021, the firm said. Three new members, meanwhile, are joining Boyden’s global board. Ms. Gordon has been in her role since 2011.

Boyden has created a new global private equity and venture capital practice and named Anita Pouplard, a managing partner of Boyden France, as its leader. Ms. Pouplard, a trusted advisor to the C-suite and boards, has completed numerous international search assignments over the past 20 years. A large share of her client work is in fast-growing sectors with large volumes in investment by PE and VC firms in technology, digital transformation, SaaS, internet of things, fintech and cleantech/greentech.

Boyden also expanded in Canada with the opening an office in the province of Saskatchewan. It is led by Dan Brown, a new Boyden Canada partner. “The global presence of the region is understated and the time was right to showcase Saskatchewan,” said Kevin Gregor, a partner of Boyden Canada. “Dan brings a track record in C-suite engagements across several sectors, including industrial, business services, non-profit and education. His arrival with Boyden is a big opportunity to grow our presence in Saskatchewan and in Canada while leveraging our global connections.”

Boyden also named Roger T. Duguay, managing partner of the Montréal office, as leader of its cross-sector global CEO and board services practice. He succeeded Tom Flannery, who will continue as managing partner of the firm’s Pittsburgh office and as the North American leader of the CEO and board services practice. Mr. Duguay will continue as a managing partner and board member of Boyden Canada.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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