September 17, 2018 – Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations. Global recruiting organizations, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas.
Friisberg & Partners International recently added Argento Consultores in Chile as its newest member firm. Led by Gabriela Castro Sepúlveda, the firm has offices in Santiago, Chile and focuses on executive search for multinational clients with operations in Chile and across South America.
“In addition to extended geographic reach for our international clients we can now offer enhanced leadership consultancy services, wider experience and deeper knowledge of more markets to our local clients too,” said Ms. Castro Sepúlveda.
Peter Strandberg, Friisberg’s chairman, said Chile is increasingly economically vibrant and an attractive place for global corporates to locate and do business in South America. “We are very pleased to have new partners in Santiago who know that region so very well,” he said. “Our clients will benefit enormously from a powerful combination of international search expertise and local market knowledge. We are looking forward to working together with Gabriela and her team on numerous cross-border and multinational search assignments.”
Chile has the highest degree of economic freedom in South America (ranking seventh worldwide), owing to its independent and efficient judicial system and prudent public finance management. Sound economic policies, maintained consistently since the 1980s, have contributed to steady economic growth in Chile and have more than halved poverty rates. Copper mining makes up 20 percent of Chilean GDP and 60 percent of exports.
Founded in 1977, Friisberg & Partners International has been involved in executive search in Europe for over 40 years. Today, it has more than 200 search professionals in upwards of 40 of the major cities of the word.
Search firms continue to see growth opportunities in South America. Here is a look at few recruiting companies that have expanded in the region in recent months.
IRC Global Executive Search Partners added Buenos Aires-based executive recruiters HighFlow as its newest member firm. The firm specializes in the finance & banking and sales & marketing sectors. The new member focuses on “customized solutions for clients, delivering the highest standards of quality and professionalism, ensuring outstanding results,” said IRC.
EMA Partners International strengthened its presence in South America with the addition of recruiting firm Airaldi Smart Human Connections in Buenos Aires. Lucrecia Airaldi has been appointed as the managing partner for EMA Partners Argentina. Ms. Airaldi is the founder of Airaldi Smart Human Connections, the predecessor firm for EMA Partners Argentina
AltoPartners added São Paulo, Brazil-based executive recruiters Plongê gente e gestão as a member firm. Plongê, founded by Alda Araújo, Ana Luiza Loureiro and Renata Fabrini, is a consultancy firm focused on people strategy. Plongê has a clear purpose grounded in four core values: authenticity, provoke, depth and embrace, said the firm.
Horton International has opened an office in Lima, Peru.
Horton International Peru provides executive search services across a number of sectors, including: consumer, food industries, fishing, mining, retail, manufacturing, automotive, distribution and logistics, airport services, consulting service, banking, construction, healthcare and more.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media