Hightech Partners Expands in Germany and Norway

October 31, 2019 – Digital-focused executive search firm Hightech Partners (HTP) has expanded with the additions of Helmut Stork and Rafael Pyrich as partners in Frankfurt, Germany, and Oslo, Norway, respectively.

”With the arrival of Helmut and Rafael we expand our reach in Germany, the biggest economy in Europe, in Scandinavia and in East and Central Europe thanks to Rafael’s extensive experience in that region,” said Bert Vermeiren, managing director. “Their personal network in first-class companies perfectly complements our already established relationships in the digital economy.”

For 18 years, Mr. Stork has been providing executive search and recruitment services as a partner in the field of digital high tech. He has accompanied national and international sales responsibility with famous companies in the information technology industry, of which many years heading up the successful sales of software technologies, among others in the area of mobile communication as well as predictive CRM solutions. Mr. Stork has had an executive consultancy function with a well-known international corporate consultancy focusing on development of strategies and technologies for ICT companies.

At HTP, Mr. Stork will provide Germany-based clients looking to fill key positions with dedicated expertise and local support. “I have collaborated with HTP over the last six years on a number of occasions and now joined HTP because there is a great synergy between the international activities of HTP and my focused activities in the German speaking marketplace,” he said.

Mr. Pyrich has over 20 years of professional experience in executive search and senior recruitment across EMEA. He started his search career with Odgers Berndtson in Vienna, moving with the company to Warsaw and finally running the CEE and emerging markets project management team from their London offices. After six years with the company, Mr. Pyrich joined a small executive search boutique firm with the goal of developing stronger and long-lasting relationships with clients across Europe and emerging markets. For the last seven years he has been specializing on working with high-touch dedicated executive search assignments across EMEA and has on a number of occasions collaborated with HTP.

At HTP, Mr. Pyrich will focus on the Nordics, DACH as well as Central and Eastern European region working specifically with new and old technology clients driving the next wave of digital transformation. “I aim to develop a successful transformational technologies practice, expand the geographical coverage across EMEA, establish and partner with likeminded technology clients as well as bring on-board new partners and consultants into our team,” he said.

Digital Transformation

Hightech Partners specializes in digital transformation. The firm leverages forward-looking methods such as big data analysis and artificial intelligence into the executive search process to help companies embrace new ways of working. HTP has offices in Brussels and Geneva, Switzerland with local partners across the major regions of Europe. The firm also founded ITP Worldwide, an alliance of specialized search and consulting firms in the technology industry in the U.S. and Asia.


Hightech Partners Strengthens Search Team
Hightech Partners (HTP) has announced that Elly de Vrijer, founder and owner of Dutch executive search firm Hill Consulting, will be joining HTP as a partner while still operating her own firm. This collaboration, said HTP, will help the firm strengthen its international reach.


Not so long ago, the executive search firm itself underwent a transformation that involved engaging the newest technologies in executive-level recruitment and broadening the scope of its activity to reskilling services. The idea was to help companies embrace digitization and innovation through the discovery and development of new talents. Because digital transformation is at the strategic heart of many businesses and no longer limited to ICT-functions.

“While the fintech industry has embraced digital transformation since a few years, we now see that also many other large and small companies are investing in digital technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT, cloud and mobile applications, cybersecurity etc. and that the need for talent leading those changes is growing exponentially,” said Raffaele Jacovelli, managing director of HTP.

“We are in a very good position to help our clients in these areas as we have been developing and recruiting digital talent for 34 years, and we have been closely observing such technologies since the early stage of their development,” he said. “In fact our clients come to us especially when it becomes more difficult to locate and motivate to change the rare talents that fully understand and master the transformation leveraging such technologies.”

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

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