Hightech Partners Expands Search Staff

February 26, 2024 – Digital-focused executive search firm Hightech Partners (HTP) has expanded with the addition of Frédérique Genton as a partner. “Frédérique’s in depth involvement in the German and French markets is very valuable for us as she has a network with leading companies that want to expand and need digital talent, our core business,” said Raffaele Jacovelli and Bert Vermeiren, managing directors of HTP. We will work with Frédérique and her clients to help them face the challenges of digital transformation, cybersecurity, AI and other mainstream technology developments. We are very happy to have Frédérique on our team strengthening our German-French axe. With Frédérique, we share the values of delivering top quality service and intimacy with our clients.”

With over 25 years’ international experience in Europe, Ms. Genton’s career began in Paris in a government department and continued in a business law firm in Vienna, Austria, then in Munich and Saarland, Germany, where she was head of a binational university.

In 2007, Ms. Genton founded arteLatum Executive Consulting, providers of executive search, leadership consulting, interim management, and board services. The firm’s clients were companies based in Germany, France and Luxembourg, by Austria, Switzerland, the United States, North Africa, and Asia. In 2017, Ms. Genton joined a Parisian firm and contributed to its internationalization, strengthened its advisory offering, opened an office in Frankfurt, and launched international management reviews. A Franco-German citizen and a convinced European, she is committed to promoting economic relations between the two driving forces of Europe, France and Germany.

“I am delighted to join Hightech Partners as a partner,” said Ms. Genton. “This will allow me – among others – to support my clients in their business and transformation challenges. Needless to say that I am excited to take up this very exciting challenge and I look forward to sharing the benefits of this new dimension with all of my clients.”

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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.

Joining Forces

Hightech Partners, Hoffman & Associates, and Ataya & Partners recently joined forces under the name HTP Group Holding. Hoffman is a leadership advisor, executive search and interim management company with over 35 years of serving clients, mainly in Belgium, across all sectors. Ataya & Partners (A&P), an advisory firm delivering digital governance to its clients, including the revamp of the CIO and CISO functions and digital skills management activities.

Hightech Partners Expands in Brussels
Hightech expanded with the addition of Roberto Zangrandi as a partner in Brussels. Raffaele Jacovelli and Bert Vermeiren, managing directors of HTP, said: “For many years, our traditional client base in the high tech industry has been complemented by leading international companies seeking digital talent to help them harvest the benefits of new technologies. In the energy and utilities sector we have observed that digital transformation has become the driving force for staying competitive and accelerating growth,” they said. “With Roberto joining we dramatically expand our reach to the major European players and boost our industry knowledge. We are happy to team with him to offer our staffing, training and interim management services to these clients.”

“Being a generalist firm dedicated to deliver the highest added value in each search assignment and to act as a trusted advisor for a very diversified range of clients, we were looking to significantly enhance our ability to address the technological dimension in all aspects of the current major digital transformation, prominent in all sectors,” said Ineke Arts, Jean-Michel Lucas and Michel Grisay, managing partners of Hoffman. “Both at executive level and in boards of directors, there is a critical need for leaders who understand the challenges of AI, cloud computing and its impact, cybersecurity governance, social-media and online platforms, and who can translate these into advanced business strategies. By joining forces with HTP and A&P, we will be in a stronger position to help our clients to acquire the right executive talent and build skills to fully address the opportunities of the ongoing revolution.”

“We already have a very fruitful cooperation with HTP, and we believe that joining forces, will widen the market for our respective organizations and enable Ataya & Partners to play an important role on the European market,” said Georges Ataya, managing director of Ataya & Partners. “There is a major need for digital governance expertise when engaging digital or cybersecurity leaders. Our involvement in research of digital skills, and our link with professional organizations and the academic world will benefit all the clients of the new group.”

As a result, the newly formed group now has 24 partners, a strong presence in Brussels, and offices in France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and Norway among others. HTP Group plans to further expand in the rest of Europe, the Nordics, and Middle East using a borderless customer-centric approach. Offerings include: the recruitment of executives and senior managers, interim management, skills gap assessment & consulting, and training solutions.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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