About Us

Our reach currently spans 40+ countries and 90+ cities and counting; make us the world’s largest alliance of boutique retained executive search firms. What sets us apart is our shared entrepreneurial spirit and drive to deliver excellence in executive search.

Wherever the location, whatever the industry, we provide you with consistent first-class service. With globe-spanning connections and local knowledge you have a single point of contact for your international and local search requirements. We recognize that every search has differing requirements and tailor our approach to fit your needs.

Starting out as IRC Global Executive Search Partners in 1993, we’ve been providing executive search services to major global companies and other organizations for almost 30 years. We’ve successfully completed 40,000+ searches for over 4,000 clients, serving everyone from game-changing start-ups to major global players.

50+ nationalities, 40+ languages spoken and 52% female-led businesses. This diversity enriches our awareness of cultural differences – and means we have every imaginable base covered with regards to industry, region and size of company.

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Kestria’s alliance of boutique firms has the footprint and agility needed to serve the largest multinationals and SMEs with the same dedication and personal touch. They guarantee access to outstanding talent by leveraging decades of collective experience, deep industry knowledge and trusted referral sources. Its process begins by thoroughly considering a client’s needs, success factors and potential challenges. Kestria leverages exceptional local recruiting expertise and global resources.

Solutions And Expertise

With a footprint in 90+ cities in 40+ countries, the firm is the world’s largest executive search alliance in terms of global reach. You will find a locally committed and globally connected member wherever in the world your business takes you.

  • Assessment
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Onboarding
  • All Functions

News Briefings

IRC Global Rebrands to Kestria

IRC Global Executive Search Partners has renamed itself Kestria as a part of an extensive rebranding initiative. “The new name and brand are an important next step in our global journey,” said Michael Kantel, Kestria executive board member, partner and executive director Kestria Germany. “This marks the start of a new era for Kestria with all

Why Talent Management Needs to Evolve

Since the spring of 2020, businesses around the world have significantly changed the way they manage their talent. The workforce has in many ways been transformed, especially in terms of remote work and relationships between employers and employees. Dimitri Davreux, IRC Luxembourg and managing partner at adVeci Advisors, says that for years talent management in

How to Prepare a Company’s Steering Committee for its Mission 

The mission of a company’s steering committee is to project the business into the future, to focus on achieving objectives and to ensure its long-term sustainability and growth. As given, this statement applies to any company in any sector, with any (or most) possible realities, and by extension for any steering committee. But how to move from

IRC Global Elects New Executive Board

IRC Global Executive Search Partners recently hosted its virtual global conference where participants exchanged ideas and experiences related to running their business in challenging times. The organization also elected a new executive board. The IRC executive board currently consists of the following members: Rania Abdalla, Tom Berray, Michael Kantel, Katerina Meimaroglou and Rohan Carr (IRC Australia),

Press Releases

Kestria appoints new executive board member

(November 24, 2022) Kestria partners from around the world met at the Kestria Virtual Global Conference last week. Participants received an update on activities of the alliance, exchanged ideas and experiences and also elected a new Executive Board Member. Travis Hann of Kestria Canada & USA (Pender & Howe), has been elected as a new

Kestria appoints new Healthcare & Life Science Americas Practice Leader

(Sept. 8, 2022) Healthcare and life sciences are among the largest industries in the world and have increased in status since 2019. Aside from the pandemic, the healthcare industry has experienced significant growth and change over recent years. At Kestria, executive search consultants bring deep industry experience and insights to help your organization navigate toward

Kestria Appoints New Americas Practice Leader to the Technology Practice Group

(July 29, 2022) As the technology industry continues its unprecedented growth run, Kestria Technology Practice Group has decided to further strengthen its global team to keep leveraging on its deep knowledge, expertise and understanding of the sector. Clients realize that cultivating high-quality leadership in the tech industry is critical for unleashing pivotal organizational changes, driving

2022 Kestria Global Conference in Barcelona

(June 21, 2022) Kestria, the world’s largest executive search alliance, held its 2022 Global Conference in Barcelona, Spain, from 8th to 10th June 2022. Kestria participants used the opportunity of this face-to-face meeting to support the new name and brand, deepen their relationships and discuss critical trends from across the globe. This year’s theme was

Kestria presents a new partner in Canada & USA

(June 7, 2022) Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners, expands its presence in the North America by adding a new member firm in Canada & USA. Kestria Canada & USA: Pender & Howe Executive Search was formed by a team of professionals with extensive experience in executive search services. They provide a



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