August 9, 2016 – London-based executive search firm Dunleavy White has opened a new office in Frankfurt, Germany as part of ongoing expansion plans. The office launch follows the firm’s recently established expansions to London, Dubai and Bangkok.
“Germany has a large and thriving travel and aviation sector,” said managing partner Rick White. “The opening of the Frankfurt office is an important extension of our EMEA network to better support our existing client base in Germany and surrounding countries.”
Dunleavy White is an international executive search firm operating in the aviation, travel, transportation and retail sectors. The firm manages senior level assignments across all functions in business in the U.K. and internationally. Its clients include IATA; FlyDuabi; Flybe; United Air Services (Dubai); SITA; Arik Air; International Air Charter (Dubai); Monarch Airlines; TUI PLC; Hostelling International; Sabre Inc.; Virgin Holidays; Reed & Mackay; Eurostar; Air Baltic; Cosmos Holidays; Neilson Holidays; and City Cruises, among others.
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.
Nevertheless, London-based search firms 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 search firms, including for Egon Zehnder, Spencer Stuart, Boyden, Russell Reynolds Associates, Heidrick & Struggles, DHR International and Korn Ferry.
A handful of search firm have expanded into Germany in recent months. Here is a look at just a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon archives:
- U.K.-based executive search firm ERSG opened a new office in Hamburg and appointed Taimur Malik as country manager. Mr. Malik brings with him a wealth of recruitment experience gained at S3 Recruitment;
- ZRG Partners added Alexander Spielberg as a managing director and member of the firm’s global industrial and life sciences practice in its Frankfurt office. Mr. Spielberg previously spent six years with Korn Ferry in its global industrial search practice;
- Coulter Partners expanded into Germany with the opening of new offices in Frankfurt and Berlin. The firm has appointed Anne-Monika Dürk as executive vice president, Thomas Pilz as research associate and Dr. Christoph Themel as principal;
- SpenglerFox named Stephanie Schimang as principle consultant and practice group leader for its human capital solutions service group in Frankfurt. Ms. Schimang is responsible for client services / satisfaction, delivery of projects, quality control and business development.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media