Horton Adds New Partner in Hungary

Horton Adds Partner Hungary Performan Group

March 6, 2018 – Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire recruiters and open locations. Among them, Horton International has added executive search firm Performan Group in Hungary.

Performan Group was founded in 2003 by managing partners Sandor Szekely and Erika Gombos and provides executive search and leadership consulting services across consumer products and services, financial services, industrial life sciences and healthcare supply chain, logistics and transport and natural resources. Mr. Szekely leads the executive search business for the firm while Ms. Gombos is in charge of its leadership development practice.

Mr. Szekely brings to Horton more than 20 years of executive search experience. Beyond managing the search projects and leading the firm’s daily operation, he is an accredited consultant in many personality and behavior-based assessment tools, tests and AC/DC’s. Previously, Mr. Sandor was a senior consultant with TRANSEARCH.

Ms. Gombos has a wealth of leadership experience, gained partly in a multinational environment, spending more than seven years in top-leadership roles and more than 13 years as an organization design consultant. She also works as an accredited test expert and qualified executive coach for her clients.

Strengthening Capabilities

“The addition of such an established partner to Horton International in Hungary further underpins our global strategy to ensure our clients receive the best worldwide knowledge and expertise tailored to the domestic market,” said Ross Eades, CEO of Horton. “This demonstrates our continued determination to expand our capabilities across all major global economies as well as our commitment to new and emerging markets.”


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Mr. Szekely said Performan Group welcomed the opportunity to join Horton International. “The main purpose of the Performan Group is to develop a superior relationship with each and every Horton International office and their clients across the world, to find exceptional leaders for their operations and to support them with all-round leadership consultancy in Hungary and in the surrounding CEE (central and eastern Europe) countries,” he said

Hungary, as an active member of the CEE region is an important part of its extensive economic development. Its major industries include food processing, pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles, information technology, chemicals, metallurgy, machinery, electrical goods and tourism. Based on a CEE study earlier this year, Hungary is viewed as a “safe haven” for working capital, without major political or economic risks. Some of its well-known companies include the Fortune Global 500 firm MOL Group, the OTP Bank, Gedeon Richter, Magyar Telekom, CIG Pannonia, FHB Bank and Zwack Unicum.

Global Expansion

With offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, Horton is a global senior-level recruitment provider specializing in the management, consulting, finance, human resources, information technology, sales, marketing, manufacturing and engineering disciplines.

Horton began the year by expanding in South Africa with the addition of Human Capital Group. Established in 2003 and led by managing partner Brian Wasmuth, the Human Capital Group provides executive search services across a number of sectors in commerce and industry in South Africa. They include: pharmaceuticals, automotive manufacturing and components, mining, petrochemical, consumer goods, retail, banking, insurance, administration, corporate risk management and corporate insurance broking, and non-governmental/public.

Horton also recently opened an office in Lima, Peru. The firm chose Rossana Bayona to serve as managing partner of the location. Horton International Peru will provide executive search services across a number of sectors, including: consumer goods, food industries, fishing, mining, retail, manufacturing, automotive, distribution and logistics, airport services, consulting service, cosmetics, banking, construction, education, mass media and healthcare. Ms. Bayona has over 20 years of executive search experience in handling top-level and middle-management search assignments across a range of industry sectors.

Lastly, Horton opened an office in São Paulo, Brazil. Led by Hans Roberto Frenster, Horton International Brazil provides executive search services across a number of sectors, including agribusiness, automotive, energy, technology, pharmaceutical/life sciences, commodities, industry, food and beverage, transportation and luxury, among others. Mr. Frenster has nearly a decade of executive search experience and over 25 years of experience heading a wide range of companies, including family, private and public, medium and large, as well as local and international enterprises.

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

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