IIC Partners Names New Practice Leaders

March 10, 2020 – IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has appointed Louise Gatenby as leader for the firm’s consumer and retail practice group and Cecile Hofer as leader of its financial services practice group.

Ms. Gatenby is managing partner and co-founder of the Orcid Partnership in Liverpool, England. She previously served as deputy leader and has over 25 years of experience in conducting general management and functional leadership searches for leading consumer goods and retail businesses.

“It’s an extremely exciting time for the consumer and retail practice group – we are uniquely positioned to help the world’s leading organizations align business and talent strategy, and capitalize on the rapid innovations disrupting the sector,” said Ms. Gatenby. “Throughout my career, I have championed diverse, purpose-driven leaders to drive positive change for business and society. I am excited to continue this mission alongside my talented colleagues around the world.”

Ms. Hofer is co-managing partner and founder member of Singapore-based Hofer Tan Partners. She has over two decades of experience in Europe and Asia-Pacific, and recently expanded Hofer Tan Partners with a new office in Hong Kong to work alongside the existing headquarters in Singapore.

“The financial services sector is in an era of unprecedented transformation,” said Ms. Hofer. “Advances in technology coupled with exceptional levels of regulatory, shareholder and public scrutiny create a challenging landscape. That is why the work in our practice group is so crucial – we collaborate across all major financial markets to solve some of the most difficult human capital challenges facing the industry,” she said. “I look forward to using my leadership position to further advance our collective knowledge and capabilities, and deliver outstanding service to our clients around the world.”

To align with the evolving digital landscape, the IIC Partners’ technology, digital and telecommunications practice group has been rebranded to technology, digitalization and innovation. Allan Laurie, managing partner at NOVUS Search Partners, continues as practice group leader during this period.

“The integration of technology, digitalization and human capital, and leveraging the strengths of each is the basis for the fourth industrial revolution and is rapidly changing the way we work and live,” said Mr. Laurie. “Our mission as a practice group is to go beyond mirroring existing discourse around ‘digital revenue creation’ and ‘augmenting artificial intelligence’ and the impacts of an unknown global future. We remain cognizant of these issues but also focus on developing innovative, holistic and practical strategies that respond proactively to the human/machine interplay, deliver new revenue streams and forge a path through the current global uncertainty – for our client’s business, their people and their families.”


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Renee Arrington, president and chief operating officer at Pearson Partners International in Dallas and board director for IIC Partners, serves as the board liaison for practice groups. “We are extremely grateful to have purpose-driven industry experts at the center of our global practice groups,” said Ms. Arrington. “Their passion for innovation reflects their commitment to a better world and they do not shy from the many challenges facing society today. I look forward to supporting all of our practice groups in their rigorous drive for knowledge, evolution and excellence.”

Global Consortium

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.

IIC recently also announced the appointment of five new leaders to its practice groups. Stephan Breitfeld, partner of Ingeniam Executive Search & Human Capital Consulting in Frankfurt has led IIC Partners’ life sciences and healthcare practice group since July. John Wilhelm, a vice president at Dinte Executive Search, became deputy leader of the firm’s industrial practice group. Louise Gatenby, managing partner and co-founder of the Orcid Partnership, became deputy leader of the firm’s consumer and retail practice group. William Lacon, a partner at CurzonTrinitas, has taken on the role of deputy leader of IIC Partners’ energy practice group. Allan Laurie, a director with de JAGER Executive Search, now leads the firm’s technology, digital media and telecommunications practice group.

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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