May 29, 2015 – Sylvain Dhenin, a vice chairman and member of the executive committee of CTPartners, has left the company after more than nine years to join Heidrick & Struggles. Mr. Dhenin joins a chorus of high ranking executives to depart the embattled search firm, whose fortunes have been depleted since its chairman, Brian Sullivan, resigned in disgrace earlier this year. CTPartners was rocked by allegations of sexual discrimination bias late last year and its subsequent image problems have translated into mass high-level personnel defections and client departures since that time. Mr. Dhenin’s defection is a particular blow to CTPartners in Europe, where he was highly sought after for his sophisticated understanding of the leadership needs of his clients.
In his most recent role, Mr. Dhenin served CTPartners as its head of European, Middle East and Asia Pacific operations. Mr. Dhenin replaced Mr. Sullivan for a brief stint as CEO for two weeks in April.
During an executive search career that stretched for more than 15 years, Mr. Dhenin recruited CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and other senior-level executives for private equity concerns, professional services businesses, and technology, media & telecommunications companies.
Prior to joining CTPartners, Mr. Dhenin was a managing partner of Korn Ferry Whitehead Mann SAS, the French branch of Whitehead Mann plc, where he was responsible for the leadership of its business across France. He joined KF Whitehead Mann in 2000 as partner-in-charge of the firm’s technology and professional services practices, and he was responsible for expanding the firm’s presence in these sectors.
He began his early career at Danone and Michael Page, before moving to the executive search industry with Morgan Howard, a technology and professional services recruiting boutique. There, he was managing partner for France and then for all of Europe. In 2008, Mr. Dhenin was named to the Business Week ‘Top 50 List of the World’s Most Influential Headhunters.’
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media