IMD International Search Announces New Board

May 21, 2019 – Global executive search consortium IMD International Search Group has elected a new board member and prolonged the mandate of two others at its annual general assembly in Paris. Simona Cremascoli, partner at Milan-based member firm Carter & Benson, joins the IMD board as director in charge of internal communication.

“I am very satisfied with the long-lasting international collaboration I have been keeping during the years with such a worldwide leading network as IMD International Search Group,” said Ms. Cremascoli. “It is definitely an enduring and very enriching and gratifying global partnership. I am very pleased with my recent election to the board most of all because it is really a great honor for me to work with such outstanding international colleagues.”

IMD also announced that the mandates of directors Daniel Lewczuk and Stéfan Danis were renewed.

The new composition of the IMD International Search Group board is now as follows:

  • Matthias Mohr, president.
  • Peter Sutter, vice president of finance and legal affairs.
  • Daniel Lewczuk, director, Eastern Europe expansion and IMD strategy.
  • Stéfan Danis, director, meetings organization and chief revenue officer.
  • Anita Otterheim Hjalmarsson, director, standards, execution, quality, best practices, leadership consulting.
  • Rodolfo Sommer, director, onboarding, membership acquisition in South America.
  • Jose Ruiz, director, marketing, external communication.
  • Simona Cremascoli, director, internal communication.

“This is a very positive outcome from this annual general assembly with two directors continuing their good work and a new one onboarding,” said IMD president Matthias Mohr, managing partner at Dr. Heimeier & Partner, IMD Germany. “We are starting a new year on a good basis,” “As another director, Gerard Ketelaar, partner at Quaestus in the Netherlands, is retiring from the board, I must also acknowledge, on behalf of the board as well as on a personal note, how much we appreciated Gerard’s input, commitment and enthusiasm over the years.”

Global Search Organization

Founded in 1972, IMD International Search Group is one of the top 15 global search organizations with more than 40 offices in major markets and business centers throughout the world. Its executive search professionals, many of whom held senior positions in the industry sectors they now serve, conduct hundreds of senior-level searches for clients worldwide each year.


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A few months back, IMD added Spain-based executive search firm Robert Allen as a member firm. Robert Allen, established in 1989, has offices in Barcelona and Madrid. The four managing partners — Miguel de Gomis, Javier Beneyto, Joaquin de Juan and Pedro Torrabadella — cover a large range of practices: industrial and manufacturing (along with automotive), consumer goods, retail, technology, financial services and life sciences. Besides executive search, Robert Allen also offers services such as management audit and board assessment, and provides help to family-owned companies with succession planning and professionalization.

Dr. Mohr, IMD president and managing partner of Dr. Heimeier & Partner, said the consortium was proud to have Robert Allen join the fold. “This is a very solid firm with experienced partners offering high quality services to their clients,” he said.

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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