About Us

Kennedy Executive Search is a global network of locally owned Executive Search and Consulting boutique firms in Europe, The USA, Asia and Latin America. We conduct retained search assignments across the globe and offer a wide array of consulting services in our respective office destinations and regions. We know our local markets inside out and, thanks to our network of partners, offer a global perspective too.

This means we act local and think global – just like you.

We look for quality on both professional as well as personal levels in our partners. All the owners of the Kennedy partner firms have at least 10 years of experience in retained search under their respective market. We all adhere to the highest business ethics and professional standards. Clients can be assured that the Kennedy affiliation guarantees a superior approach, execution and experience to our clients and candidates as well as our stakeholders. With Kennedy Executive Search, you can expect the best in the business.

KENNEDY EXECUTIVE SEARCH LEADERSHIP

“During the very challenging 2020, Kennedy Executive Search was uniquely positioned to deliver value for our clients. As a network of interconnected boutique firms, our partner’s attention to detail and confidentiality in both the client and the candidate experience clearly set us apart. We saw an acceleration of senior talent upgrade projects in support of organizational transformations and experienced a sharp increase in the demand of consulting related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Therefore, in 2021, we will focus on reinforcing our network partners‘ capabilities with two new Practice Areas: Digital Transformation and Diversity and Equity Management.”

PABLO PERELLA-BERDUN
PRESIDENT, KENNEDY EXECUTIVE SEARCH

“Kennedy Executive Search was established to provide the benefits of local market insight combined with global perspective for our clients and candidates. Time and again our partners have provided evidence of the quality in delivery and the operational agility of the Kennedy Executive setup, resulting in satisfied clients and confident candidates. Kennedy Executive Search is constantly on the move to improve practices, strengthen our delivery model to the highest standards, share insights with clients and candidates, and pursue new, ambitious objectives – all to ensure that we live up to the vast responsibility we hold for both clients and candidates.”

FRANK KNUDSEN
VICE PRESIDENT, KENNEDY EXECUTIVE SEARCH

OUR NETWORK

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We are a global network of in(ter)dependent executive search boutiques and have partner offices in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia Pacific.

The owner of every Kennedy partner firm has been working in retained search for 10 years minimum in his or her respective market.

There are many black sheep in this industry and it is hard to get into the network: we reject more potential partners than we accept.

Only those who adhere to the highest business ethics and professional standards make it. The Kennedy affiliation guarantees these standards, a superior approach, execution and experience to our clients, candidates, stake- and shareholders. Watch out for the Kennedy quality seal and you know what you will get.

Solutions And Expertise

We want to be a progressive partner network delivering a contemporary client, candidate, stake- and shareholder experience. To realize this, we are committed to delivering fully transparent, high-quality executive search and consulting services to our clients and candidates by providing an experience that meets their expectations and makes them feel welcome, satisfied, respected and valued.

Solutions
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Onboarding
  • Outplacement
  • Succession Planning
Functions
  • Advertising
  • All Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Customer Service
  • Data/Analytics
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Investor Relations
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Research & Develop.
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

Kennedy Executive Search Appoints Practice Leader

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has named Eric Pringle as practice leader for the industrial segment. In this role, he will structure Kennedy’s collective experience and services in recruitment for leadership roles in the sector across the Americas and Europe. Mr. Pringle is the founder and managing partner of Integrated People Solutions /

Kennedy Executive Search Adds New Partner in Belgium

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has added Tavernier & Van De Vijver in Belgium as its newest member firm. The firm becomes Kennedy’s 13th partner firm, bringing the total number of offices in Europe, North America, and Latin America to 20. Tavernier & Van De Vijver, with offices in Ghent

Kennedy Executive Search Appoints New President

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has elected Pablo Perella-Berdun as its new president and Frank Knudsen as vice president. The election is a consequence of the network’s economic interest group (EIG) structure. In an EIG, all partners become equal stakeholders and together elect their leadership each year.  “It’s been an

Kennedy Executive Search Adds New Office in Sweden

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has established a footing in Sweden. Frisenberg J. & Associates, Kennedy’s partner office in Monaco is opening a second office in Gothenburg, marking the 20th partner destination for the global network of privately-owned recruiting firms. Frisenberg J. & Associates is headed by Kennedy’s current president, Swedish born Caroline

Press Releases

Eric Pringle Appointed as Practice Leader Industrial for Kennedy Executive Search

(March 24, 2021) Kennedy Executive Search, the global network of privately-owned executive search boutiques, announces the appointment of Eric Pringle as Practice Leader for the Industrial segment. In this role, he will structure Kennedy’s collective experience and services in recruitment for leadership roles in the rapidly changing sector across the Americas and Europe. Eric Pringle is

Kennedy Executive Search Welcomes Partner in Belgium

(March 2, 2021) Kennedy Executive Search is proud to welcome their first Belgian partner office. Tavernier & Van De Vijver, with offices in Ghent and Antwerp has joined the global network of privately-owned executive search firms. Tavernier & Van De Vijver is Kennedy’s 13th partner firm, bringing the total number of offices in Europe, North America,

Pablo Perella-Berdun and Frank Knudsen to Lead Kennedy Into the Post-COVID Era

(Feb. 11, 2021) The partners of Kennedy Executive Search, the global network of privately-owned executive search boutiques, have elected Pablo Perella-Berdun as their new President and Frank Knudsen as Vice President. The election is a consequence of the network’s Economic Interest Group (EIG) structure. In an EIG, all partners become equal stakeholders and together elect

Kennedy Executive Strengthens Presence In Financial Services Market In German Speaking Europe With Unterberger & Partner Joining

PARIS, FRANCE, April 16, 2019 – Kennedy Executive Search, the global network of privately owned executive search boutiques, welcomes new partner Unterberger & Partner. The new partner firm has offices in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, providing the network further access to the German speaking markets in Europe. With Unterberger & Partner joining, the network now has offices in Austria,

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting Main Sponsor Of BDU’s “The Future Of Recruitment” Conference

PARIS, FRANCE, June 5, 2018  – On June 12 and 13, Executive Search and HR specialists from all over Germany and beyond, come together in Bonn at the Future Conference to discuss the future of recruitment and retained search. The event is considered the top forum for the industry and will celebrate its 20th anniversary

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