March 29, 2021 – Even in the face of a global pandemic, 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 firms, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas. Recently, recruitment firm Harvey Nash appointed Christian Umbs as regional managing director for Central Europe. He joins the firm in June and will be working with the Central European teams to plan his onboarding. “I’m delighted that Christian is joining us,” said Bev White, CEO of Harvey Nash Group. “As you can imagine I spent a lot of time speaking with him talking about the role, and what struck me was how strong his values were, and the importance he placed on supporting and developing people. In short, he was a perfect match for the group.”
Mr. Umbs has over 20 years of experience in the specialized staffing and recruitment industry and brings experience in building businesses internationally. He has spent the past 18 years with Robert Half serving a variety of roles and most recently as managing director in mid and south Germany. His mandate is to develop Harvey Nash into one of the top providers in the technology recruitment sector in Germany, Switzerland and Poland, the firm said.
“I am thrilled to be joining such a respected brand as Harvey Nash and am excited by the opportunity of growing the business in important territories,” Mr. Umbs said. “Harvey Nash is a company that places people at its heart; and I’m really forward to getting started.” Harvey Nash Group is a global professional services organization with three key areas of focus: technology recruitment, technology solutions and leadership services. With 36 offices Harvey Nash provides executive search and leadership services, professional recruitment and outsourcing services.
Harvey Nash recently acquired technology focused executive search firm Latitude 36 as part of its strategic expansion in the U.S. “I am extremely excited about Latitude 36 joining the Harvey Nash Group family,” said Jason Allen, CEO of Harvey Nash technology recruitment division Northern Europe, Australia and U.S. “It represents a step change in our presence in the U.S. and provides wonderful opportunities both for Latitude 36 and our existing business there. At the heart of this all lies our people, and when I met the team at Latitude 36 I was struck by how similar our values and ambitions were,” he said. “Everything we do together will be driven by a ‘people first’ approach. We are thrilled to be welcoming a high performing team which will add to our focus on becoming a top technology recruitment partner in the U.S.”
Latitude 36, which employs 125 colleagues across seven offices spanning the U.S and India will become part of Harvey Nash’s technology recruitment division. The management team of Latitude 36 will take senior leadership roles with the business and will work closely with Harvey Nash’s U.S. team, as well as the wider firm, to integrate, build and grow the business.
“The group has bold, ambitious plans for growth internationally, and through taking this significant step we will gain critical mass in the important North American market,” said Ms. White. “Our U.S. clients will benefit from having access to a much wider range of services, as well as an extended team of technology recruitment experts who can support their needs. Our people will gain from the unique career opportunities that come from being part of a growing, ambitious global company with exciting plans.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media