January 17, 2018 – U.K.-based executive recruiting franchise CNA International has opened a new office in Hamburg, Germany. Marko Könönen will lead the new location serving as senior partner at CNA International Hamburg Germany.
With its presence in Hamburg, CNA further enhances its professional executive search capability, resources and services to meet the growing business interests of companies and financial institutions in Germany, Scandinavia and the regional countries.
Mr. Könönen has over 10 years’ experience in recruitment. His sector experience crosses manufacturing, especially within the packaging, chemical, engineering, interim solutions and human resources industries. During the last five years, Mr. Könönen has managed several executive search projects for several stock listed companies as well as for several national and international SME-companies in different industrial sectors and positions. He formerly served as a senior consultant with Interpars and managing director at Treston Group.
“Since 1993 CNA International has gone from strength to strength with 50 offices across the globe and still growing,” said Nick Sprang, managing director of CNA. “We are very happy to welcome Marko Könönen in our team, I believe in his talent and I am sure that he will achieve great success.”
“Making the choice to join CNA International was with no question a big step in my career and I am sure that with CNA’s gaudiness and support I will build a successful business here in Hamburg Germany,” said Mr. Könönen. “I look forward to many years of collaboration and contributing to the future success of the company.”
The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is one of the most important trade and business centers in Northern Europe. Hamburg’s strongest sectors lie in the chemical industry, engineering, aerospace port and logistics, media and IT. With its wide range of maritime services and world-renowned naval education and research institutions, Hamburg is the center of the maritime economy in Europe.
The German Market
Germany is the largest national economy in Europe, and the fourth largest by nominal GDP in the world. The country’s service sector makes up 70 percent of its GDP and nearly 40 percent of Fortune Global 500 companies are headquartered here. But Germany is facing severe economic prospects, as the country comes to grips with a growing immigration and migrant crisis, which is expected to challenge every corner of its society, from education and healthcare infrastructure to jobs.
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Nevertheless, Germany continues to attract recruiters. And other London-based search firms like Spencer Ogden are turning to Germany, as well as to France and the U.S. as potential markets to sit out the uncertainty and after-effects of Brexit in the U.K. until a clearer way forward surfaces.
Well known companies in the country include Mercedes-Benz, BMW, SAP, Siemens, Volkswagen, Adidas, Audi, Allianz, Porsche, Bayer, BASF, Bosch, and Nivea. As such, it is an important base of operations for all of the major global search firms, including for Egon Zehnder, Spencer Stuart, Boyden, Russell Reynolds Associates, Heidrick & Struggles, DHR International and Korn Ferry.
CNA International is the executive search arm of Pertemps Network Group, the largest independent recruitment company in the U.K., which delivers recruitment solutions across all sectors and industries across the globe. CNA senior partners have placed candidates in Africa, North America, Asia, South America and Australasia.
At the end of last year, CNA added UAE-based boutique consulting firm Compliance Consulting as its newest member firm. Aigul Telkarayeva, CEO of Compliance Consulting, and her team have extensive knowledge of the Dubai market, deep industry insight and expertise in management consultancy on compliance, risk management, corporate governance, strategy and controls. Effective immediately, the firm will provide executive search and other consultancy services in the field of human capital management. It will operate as part of the CNA International network.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media