September 15, 2020 – Boyden has 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.
“We are delighted to welcome back Dina and her team to Boyden,” said Trina Gordon, president and CEO. “Dina’s outstanding commitment to client service puts Boyden at the forefront of delivering senior leadership and talent advisory services in Russia. The team’s professionalism and focus on the highest standards of delivery are seamlessly aligned with Boyden’s global values.”
In Moscow, the Boyden team will work with clients in privately owned and publicly listed companies, as well as family offices and investment companies. They will work with colleagues across Boyden’s global practices: CEO and board services, human resources, private equity and venture capital, professional services, consumer and retail, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, industrial, social impact and technology.
“I am thrilled to be back at the heart of Boyden, leading and directing the business with such a knowledgeable, professional team,” said Ms. Akimova. “In a challenging market, Boyden Russia is a strong platform to help clients develop internationally, sourcing leaders and senior executives with strong track records, particularly for today’s online environment.”
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.
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media