April 29, 2019 – Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, has expanded its footprint in Europe with the addition of Business Active as a member firm in the Ukraine. This is the third executive search firm to join the EMEA region of the global network in the last six months. Cornerstone now has 27 members in Europe.
Based in Kyiv, Business Active was founded and managed by Anna Nesterchuk and her husband Oleg Zhadan. The firm has provided high-level executive search services and C-suite recruitment on both local and international levels for more than 10 years. Business Active will join Cornerstone Ukraine.
Ms. Nesterchuk leads searches within the agriculture, retail, consumer market, logistics and telecom sectors with a focus on functional responsibility for CEO, HR, marketing and sales positions. Mr. Zhadan is responsible for the strategic development and financial strategy of Business Active as well as maintaining relationship with major stakeholders and key clients of the firm.
“We are delighted to welcome Anna and Oleg to Cornerstone,” said EMEA region chair Goran Jansson. “It is an excellent fit and reinforces our service capabilities in Ukrainian and Russian as well as English.”
Cornerstone Ukraine’s clients come from a broad cross-section of industry, including agriculture, retail, consumer market, logistics and telecom with functional responsibilities for CEO, HR, marketing and sales.
Ukraine is regarded as a developing economy with high potential. Well-known Ukrainian brands include Naftogaz, AvtoZAZ, PrivatBank, Roshen, Yuzhmash, Nemiroff, Motor Sich, Khortytsa, Kyivstar and Aerosvit.
Cornerstone’s recent expansion within the EMEA includes new member firms in Zurich and Brussels. Christian Ulrich is the founder manager of Cornerstone Zurich and in Brussels, Peter Buytaert returned home from an extended period in Asia to take up executive search in Belgium.
Growing Global Search Provider
Cornerstone International Group provides executive search and leadership development services to global roster of clients. Both before (with psychometric assessment) and after (onboarding) its search process, the organization ensures the highest possible chance of success in filling talent needs, the firm said. Cornerstone has 66 experienced member firms in both developed and emerging markets worldwide.
To help fuel the organization’s recent growth, Cornerstone recently added Diego Cubas as its new board chair for global marketing. “As we continue to develop and expand, it became evident that this role was needed to provide leadership into the growingly complex marketing area,” said Cornerstone president Larry Shoemaker. “Diego’s 12 years of experience as a leader in retained search with Cornerstone in Peru provides him the needed insight that will prove extremely valuable as he guides Cornerstone’s marketing efforts around the globe.”
Cornerstone also recently opened new offices in Brussels and Zurich. Peter Buytaert returns from several years in China to manage Cornerstone Brussels. He has more than 25 years of international executive management, HR leadership and executive search experience, of which 12 years were spent in China and 14 years in locations such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Cornerstone’s Zurich office is led by Christian Ulricht, owner and manager of Ulrich Associates AG.
“We are delighted to welcome Peter and Christian to Cornerstone,” said Simon Wan, chairman of Cornerstone. “We are proud to offer the highest quality of executive search and leadership development now in 16 of the 27 countries in the EU.”
Lastly, Cornerstone added Recluta Talenthunter as a member firm in Costa Rica. The firm becomes Cornerstone Costa Rica and is the 56th member office and fifth in Latin America offering retained executive search and leadership development services. Recluta was founded six years ago by Miguel Lopez. The firm specializes in placing top professionals in all areas of business, ranging from IT, pharma, health, marketing, call center, BPO, IT, financial, industrial and customer service.
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