Hightech Partners Expands Senior Staff

October 17, 2022 – Digital-focused executive search firm Hightech Partners (HTP) has expanded with the addition of Arnaud Ruffat as a partner. He is charged with managing international client relationships and lead assignments out of Paris. Mr. Ruffat will advise existing and new HTP clients on their digital skills needs and help them recruit new digital executive talent.

“Now more than ever digitalization is enabling businesses to cope with the fast changing economic and social landscape and to stabilize and grow their activities in these turbulent times,” said Raffaele Jacovelli and Bert Vermeiren, managing directors of HTP. “Not only our traditional clients, the providers of technology tools, solutions, and services, but also companies in other industries like financial services, manufacturing, utilities, government etc. count on us to help them acquire and develop their digital talent.”

“Arnaud, who has a longstanding track record in the technology industry, has the credibility and capability to work with our C-level clients and attract and motivate the most senior talent to staff executive positions,” they said. “We had the occasion to work with Arnaud on a few assignments and admire the way he supports clients and cooperates with them, his structured approach, his tenacity, and willingness to succeed, but most of all his personal style that perfectly fits our company culture of teamwork, client focus, and quality. We are happy that he is joining HTP and is adding his strategic, client relationship, and senior management skills to our team of partners.”

With more than 30 years of experience in senior financial, consulting, and general management positions in the ICT services industry, Mr. Ruffat brings a wealth of sector insight and an active network to HTP.  For the last three years, he was active as interim manager and consultant in the technology sector and assisted HTP on a few executive search projects. Previously, he spent most of his career with Atos in international business leader positions, based in France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and Argentina. He has held positions such as controller and CFO in France, CEO managed services France, CEO Italy, head of global business unit France, head of global service line consulting and technology services, head of group security and internal audit, and finally as head of global business unit Olympics and major events.

“I am very pleased to join Hightech Partners and the team of which I was able, many times, to appreciate the excellence during my professional life,” said Mr. Ruffat. “I will dedicate all my energy and my knowledge of the technology and digital world to carry out our customers assignments and attract the best talents.”

Digital Transformation Experts

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.

“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 Mr. Jacovelli.

“We are in a very good position to help our clients in these areas as we have been developing and recruiting digital talent for 36 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.”

Related: Hightech Partners Adds Technology, Digital Executive

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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