Boyden Expands Into Greece and Cyprus

October 13, 2020 – Boyden is expanding into Greece and Cyprus, hiring Anny S. Chatzikonstantinou to lead the firm’s new location. “We know these are challenging times for people in Greece and Cyprus and Boyden does not shy away from countries experiencing adversity,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO of Boyden. “Greece has attracted significant foreign investment in recent years. The full array of Boyden’s global capabilities is at Anny’s disposal to help her clients maintain momentum in a complex environment.”

Ms. Chatzikonstantinou has an executive career spanning 20 years in senior roles with companies such as Diageo, Hasbro, SingularLogic and Unilever, followed by 10 years in consulting. Previously, Ms. Chatzikonstantinou was a managing partner with ASC Talent. She will be joined by partners Michalis Moraitis, Simi Farrou and Fani Mamalaki, with expertise respectively in strategic IT, consumer and retail, and human resources. Leveraging their experience in digital transformation, restructuring and turnarounds, Boyden Greece and Cyprus will support local and international clients in strategic growth.

Boyden Greece and Cyprus’ six-person team provides executive search to global corporations, local business owners and HR leaders in Greece and Cyprus. The team will work cross-border with Boyden’s offices across EMEA, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Team members join Boyden’s global practices in consumer and retail, industrial, technology, financial services, CEO and board services, human resources and private equity.

The Greek economy, which consists mainly of the service sector, tourism and industry, is classified as advanced and high-income. Forbes lists the largest companies in Greece as the Bank of Greece, Public Power, National Bank of Greece, Motor Oil, Alpha Bank, Hellenic Petroleum, EFG Eurobank Ergasias and Piraeus Bank. Greece has the 15th largest economy in the 27-member European Union.

Cyprus has a high-income economy as classified by the World Bank, and was included by the International Monetary Fund in its list of advanced economies. Cyprus has an open, free-market, service-based economy with some light manufacturing. Internationally, Cyprus promotes its geographical location as a “bridge” between East and West, along with its educated English-speaking population, moderate local costs, good airline connections and telecommunications.

“We are very pleased to be joining Boyden at a time when businesses in Greece and Cyprus need a distinct and collaborative approach to finding the right leadership,” said Ms. Chatzikonstantinou. “Business leaders face a number of challenges today. We believe that blending our local insight and professional networks with Boyden’s collaborative culture and digital acumen will be an important step change for our clients.”

Expansion Plans

Boyden, headquartered in Purchase, NY, is a leadership and talent advisory firm with more than 65 offices in over 40 countries. It continues to expand and add talent across several global regions.

Here are some related news items from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Boyden appointed Dina Akimova as managing partner and leader of the firm’s fully integrated brand, Boyden Russia. A distinguished expert in C-level executive search, Ms. Akimova first worked with Boyden in 2016, and returns to lead the business with a team of seven, including a number of former Boyden colleagues. Fluent in Russian, English and Italian, she offers broad industry experience, with particular expertise in industry and financial services. Ms. Akimova began her search career in 2005 and also gained prior recruiting experience with Ward Howell.

Boyden added Liesl Forve, who will serve as a partner and attend to clients throughout California. Boyden has seen strong growth in the U.S., particularly on the West Coast. The firm has doubled the number of partners there in the last six months. Joining Boyden’s global industrial, social impact and human resources practices, Ms. Forve has a strong track record in enabling clients to acquire C-suite and senior-level executives. She covers finance, human resources, marketing, sales and operations leaders.

Boyden has added executive search and leadership advisory firm Stones International to the organization expanding the firm’s presence in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. The new 17-member team includes 12 partners and principals with expertise that aligns with Boyden’s global practices in financial services, consumer and retail, industrial, technology, professional services and healthcare and life sciences, further ramping up the firm’s regional leadership position in these sectors. The new team will be led by managing partners Giuseppe Milito and Neil Morrison.

Boyden recently added 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. Ms. 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. 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. Mr. Maertens, a member of Boyden’s CEO and board services practice and technology practice, leverages 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.

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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