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 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 Adds New Office in Hamburg

IRC Germany (Friedrichs & Partner) has expanded, opening a new office in Hamburg and bringing aboard Susanne Wagner as executive director for that location. This in the firm’s third office in Germany, along with Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. “With more than 16 years of executive search experience in Germany and internationally, Susanne fits in perfectly into

IRC Global Appoints New Agribusiness & Agriscience Practice Leaders

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has named Patrick Westerburger as the new leader of its agribusiness & agriscience global practice team. He replaces Warren Carter (IRC USA – The QualiFind Group), who is now the Americas practice leader. Monicca Yan (IRC China and Singapore) has become the new Asia Pacific practice leader, and Marco M. Alemagna (IRC

IRC Global Adds New Member Firm in Denmark

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added People & Performance A/S in Denmark as its newest member firm. “Denmark is an important market with many international knowledge-intensive companies with cross-border recruitment needs, and with IRC Denmark our worldwide executive search firm alliance has secured a strong foothold to support our international clients,” said IRC. People

IRC Global Adds New Member Firm in Buenos Aires

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added Buenos Aires-based executive recruiters HighFlow as its newest member firm. The recruiting firm, which is now called IRC Argentina, specializes in the finance & banking and sales & marketing sectors. The newest IRC member focuses on “customized solutions for clients, delivering the highest standards of quality and professionalism,

Press Releases

IRC C-Suite Summit in London on “FutureReady Leaders”

LONDON, U.K., April 15, 2019 – The third in the series of IRC discussions themed “Transforming the Leaders: To Be FutureReady” was concluded on April 1 st , 2019 at The May Fair Hotel, London. IRC partners representing 24 countries of the EMEA region invited C-suite executives from industries including financial services, banking, technology, agribusiness

IRC Germany Launches New Office in Hamburg

HAMBURG, GERMANY, December 3, 2018 – Hamburg, a port city with a history of over 800 years is today the third largest European seaport. This vibrant heart of Northern Germany has a diverse economy and excellent connections to Berlin and the North-East of Germany. These are just a few reasons why Hamburg has been chosen

IRC EMEA Regional Meeting: Building Leaders in a Digital, Disruptive Age

HELSINKI FINLAND, April 4th, 2018 – IRC Global Executive Search Partners recently held its EMEA Regional Meeting themed “Leadership Transformation: Strategies in a Disruptive, Uncertain & Digital World”. A diverse group of over 35 IRC EMEA Regional Leaders from 24 countries, and external guests of different industry backgrounds gathered in Amsterdam to explore the demands on

IRC APAC on Building Leaders in a Digital, Disruptive Age

HELSINKI FINLAND, March 19, 2018 – IRC Global Executive Search Partners recently held its regional Asia Pacific (APAC) conference themed “Leadership Transformation: Strategies in a Disruptive, Uncertain & Digital World”. Over 40 delegates from 11 countries explored how increased digitalization and fast-paced innovation inherent in Industry 4.0 has transformed corporate leadership needs in the region.

IRC Global Executive Search Partners Recruits the Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, October 8, 2017 – Dr. Jim Watterston has been appointed the new Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE).  MGSE is ranked as one of the top 5 schools of education globally. Currently Director-General of the Queensland Department of Education and Training, Dr. Watterston has more than 30 years’ experience across all



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