IIC Partners Names Five New Leaders to Practice Groups

April 5, 2019 – IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has announced the appointment of five new leaders to its practice groups.

“Each of these leaders and deputy leaders strengthens our global offerings by contributing their industry expertise to our practice groups,” said Renee Arrington, board director for IIC Partners, who serves as the board liaison for practice groups. “Their thought leadership is compelling, and their reputations are representative of the outstanding colleagues across the world in IIC Partners.”

Stephan Breitfeld, partner of Ingeniam Executive Search & Human Capital Consulting in Frankfurt has led IIC Partners’ life sciences and healthcare practice group since July. Mr. Breitfeld has close to 20 years of experience in the sector, recruiting for senior levels across EMEA. Prior to working in executive search, Mr. Breitfeld held roles in sales and marketing across Europe.

John Wilhelm, a vice president at Dinte Executive Search, becomes deputy leader of the firm’s industrial practice group. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Wilhelm has over two decades of experience in supporting mid-size to large industrial clients develop their business and human capital strategies.

Expert Leaders

Louise Gatenby, managing partner and co-founder of the Orcid Partnership, becomes deputy leader of the firm’s consumer and retail practice group. Ms. Gatenby, who operates from Liverpool, has over 25 years of experience in conducting general management and functional leadership searches for leading multi-national and privately-owned consumer good and retail businesses.

William Lacon, a partner at CurzonTrinitas, will take on the role of deputy leader of IIC Partners’ energy practice group. Based in London, he works with many small and mid-cap exploration and production companies, as well as a number of the world’s leading upstream operators.

Allan Laurie, a director with de JAGER Executive Search, will lead the firm’s technology, digital media and telecommunications practice group. Mr. Laurie, who is based in London, brings considerable experience in this role, and has a background in business analytics, operational and organizational performance, talent management, strategic business development and government advisory.


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IIC Partners specializes in executive search and leadership consulting services. The group has 39 independently owned and managed member firms with more than 450 consultants in 42 cities across 29 countries. Areas of sector specialism include: industrial, financial services, consumer and retail, energy, life sciences, technology, board, higher education, infrastructure and human resources.

Continued Expansion

Over the past year, IIC Partners has seen a wave of growth. Last spring, the organization added the Orcid Partnership in Liverpool, England as a member firm. Orcid Partnership became the organization’s third office in the U.K. and will strengthen IIC Partners’ consumer & retail practice across the EMEA region. The firm is a senior executive and non-executive search and leadership consultancy. For over a decade, the firm has worked in a range of consumer, retail, B2B and service sectors supporting the recruitment and development of senior talent. Judy Atchison is the founding partner.

Also last year, IIC expanded with the addition of Istanbul-headquartered search firm OneWorld Consulting as a 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.

IIC also expanded with the addition of Istanbul-headquartered search firm OneWorld Consulting as a 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.

In 2017, 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.

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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