IIC Partners Expands Into Turkey

IIC Partners Expands Turkey

February 23, 2018 – Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet the demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations.

Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas.

IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide, for one example, is continuing its recent expansion with the addition of Istanbul-headquartered search firm OneWorld Consulting as its newest member firm.

Established in 2007, OneWorld Consulting works closely with clients at all stages of the executive talent lifecycle. The firm works with local and international companies across a wide range of business sectors and has a team of 10 led by Joan O’Rourke and Tim Bright.

Ms. O’Rourke has extensive international working experience in the U.K., U.S. and Asia. She has an executive recruitment background and has overseen retained searches in Turkey and regionally for senior and mid-level executives including chairman, non-executive director board member, general manager and C-level roles for country and regional level positions. Her clients include international and Turkish organizations across various industry sectors. She was previously a manager at Nicholson International.

Mr. Bright began his career in executive search in Istanbul over 20 years ago. He also previously worked with Nicholson International, from 1995 to 2007. There, he was country manager of the Turkish office, and built the market-leading team of recruitment consultants and researchers. His clients include Adidas, Anadolu Group, Aviva, Avon, Bayer, Borusan, Bosch, Brisa, Coca-Cola, Dogan Group, Anadolu Efes, Enerjisa, Google, Henkel, HSBC, Koc Group, Microsoft, Pearson, Philips, Sabanci Group, Siemens, Tesco, Unilever, Vodafone and Yildiz Holding.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to further strengthening our search capability in Turkey, the OneWorld Consulting team is delighted to join IIC Partners,” said Ms. O’Rourke. “We believe this partnership will augment our offering of high quality search services by combining global best practices with local expertise and leveraging the global network and relationships to provide seamless cross-border search solutions.”

Christine Hayward, executive director of IIC Partners, said One World Consulting should be an ideal partner. “Being represented in the Turkish market by such a high quality firm providing a range of executive search and talent management solutions further strengthens our ability to service clients across the world,” she said.

Turkey has the world’s 17th largest gross domestic product and is among the founding members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The country has a sizeable automotive industry, which produced over 1.3 million motor vehicles in 2015, ranking as the 14th largest producer in the world.

Turkish brands like Beko and Vestel are among the largest producers of consumer electronics and home appliances in Europe, and invest a substantial amount of funds for research and development in new technologies related to these fields. Other key sectors of the Turkish economy are banking, construction, home appliances, electronics, textiles, oil refining, petrochemical products, food, mining, iron and steel and machine industry.


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Continued Global Expansion 

Over the past year, IIC Partners has seen a wave of growth in Amsterdam, Dubai, Milan, Singapore and Washington, D.C.

Recently, IIC brought CEO Search into its membership. The firm, located in Sofia, Bulgaria, extends IIC Partners’ global reach into what has become an emerging market for the search industry. CEO Search, founded in 2003 by Milen Ivanov, is an independent operation specializing in senior level and C-suite placements across a wide range of sectors. The firm delivers client-focused solutions across various industries both locally and internationally.

Holtrop Ravesloot, located in Amsterdam, appointed Boudewijn Vellinga as an associate partner. Mr. Vellinga has spent nearly 15 years in the financial services sector and specializes in executive search assignments from vice president to the C-suite. Previously, he was founding partner and a senior producer at search firm Newington International. There, he specialized in placing professionals in risk management, quantitative analysis, structuring, sales, trading, research, origination and private wealth management in EMEA across FICC (rates, FX, credit and commodities) and equity.

Envision Partnership, based in Dubai, announced the appointment of Karin Legein as a partner. Ms. Legein has over 25 years in communications and branding and specializes in managing executive search and talent mandates across the Middle East and Europe. Formerly, she served as associate partner, Middle East and Africa, at DHR International.

Key2People, headquartered in Milan, appointed Daniela Mombelli and Uberto Thun-Hohenstein as partners in its industrial practice. Ms. Mombelli has nearly 20 years of expertise within the consulting sector and specializes in the industrial sector. She most recently served as managing director at Accenture and prior to that was a vice president of AlixPartners.

Dinte Executive Search, based in Washington, D.C., recently named Sam Dinte as senior associate. He specializes in both search and talent assessment mandates for corporations spanning the value chain and leading financial sponsors. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Dinte spent five years at Avascent, a global aerospace and defense consultancy.

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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