Hightech Partners, Hoffman & Associates, and Ataya & Partners Join Forces

November 10, 2023 – Belgian executive search firms Hightech Partners (HTP), Hoffman & Associates, and Ataya & Partners are joining forces under the name HTP Group Holding. They will help clients identify and develop talent to lead the ongoing digital and business transformation. Hightech Partners is an 38-year old executive search consultancy focused on digital transformation. 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.

“In the next 10 years we will witness more changes in the world than we’ve faced over the past 100 years,” said Bert Vermeiren and Raffaele Jacovelli, co-managing directors of HTP. “In this context the traditional approach to identify and develop leaders able to ride the wave of changes seems no longer effective. A more holistic approach is required, aiming at understanding how those changes may impact businesses and make them future ready. Our conviction is that, regardless of the level of automation and aid that new technologies will provide, the future executives will play an even more central role in the success of businesses, where lateral-thinking, adaptability, ability to discern, compassion, motivating and engaging teams will be key differentiators. We can now reach out to the broad Belgian and international customer base of Hoffman so they can benefit from our capabilities to boost their digital transformation ambitions.”

“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.”

Hightech Partners Expands Senior Staff
Hightech Partners 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.”

“We have already 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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