July 29, 2014 – Technology-focused executive recruiter European Leaders has opened a new Germany office and added Stephan Thoma to lead the firm’s talent development division. Mr. Thoma was previously global director of learning & development at Google, where he led the team that developed Google’s talent function. He was the only non-U.S. based member of Google’s leadership team. “I want to bring the approach to talent development that American tech giants implement so well, and use it to help European tech organizations compete on a global stage,” said Mr. Thoma. “No one is doing more to improve the performance of tech talent around the world than European Leaders and its sister companies in the 360 Leaders group. That’s why I’ve chosen to join – and I can’t wait to get started.” Mr. Thoma’s appointment is one part of a major expansion drive for European Leaders. This includes the launch of a Berlin office serving the Central European region. The new base will be headed by Martin Buhl, who was formerly with Oracle, PayPal and Boku where he led the European business development as senior director.