IMSA International Adds New Member Firms in Austria and Morocco

May 31, 2017 – With assignments increasingly coming in from around the globe, executive recruiters are developing new practices, hiring recruiters, and opening new locations. While the uptick in business has proven to be good for virtually every search firm, global recruiting consortiums seem well-placed and well-anchored to take advantage of some geographic areas that once seemed to be cooling off but are now resurgent.

To that end, global executive search consortium IMSA International has expanded with the addition of search firms Consent in Austria and Aston Associates in Morocco, giving the organization increased coverage around the world.


Consent, which provides executive search and HR consulting services, started in 1974. Its areas of expertise are: IT & technology, financial services and corporate management. CEO Peter Fischer brings broad experience, having hold various management positions in sales, consulting and executive search over his career.

“Thanks to this partnership, we are gaining the authority of a renowned international executive search brand,” said Mr. Fischer. “This gives us additional credibility when working with global partners. Furthermore, joining IMSA provides us with opportunities to deliver executive search solutions for our multi-national customers out of our home country. IMSA membership gives us access to a great platform for knowledge exchange with regard to business models, market situations and clients.”

Monika Ciesielska-Rutkowska, CEO of IMSA International Executive Search, said in considering partnership opportunities, her firm tends to seek organizations that share IMSA’s values and expertise in executive search services. “We verify each candidate company thoroughly to make sure there is a business culture fit,” she said. “We are confident that Consent, with its long running history, with an abundance of projects and satisfied customers will be a great ambassador of the IMSA brand in Austria. We look forward to a successful partnership.”

Austria is the 12th richest country in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita and has a well-developed social market economy. Since the fall of communism, Austrian companies have been active players and consolidators in Eastern Europe. Labor movements are particularly strong in Austria and have large influence on labor politics. Next to a highly developed industry, international tourism is the most important part of the national economy.

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Since 2008, Aston Associates has been helping its clients fill key senior and executive positions across Morocco, Africa and the Middle East. The domains of expertise for the firm are: industry & manufacturing, real estate & construction, consulting & audit, education & foundation, finance and insurance, FMCG and hospitality. The firm is led by Achraf Iraqui.

“Our expertise and market knowledge assist our partners in filling key senior and executive positions,” said Mr. Iraqui. “Joining the IMSA network will strengthen our presence and assist our IMSA partners on their international executive search assignments. We will also be able to provide our clients an international support for their recruitments abroad with connecting them with other members. This new step will surely help us to deliver accurate answers to our client’s needs and share best practices and good values with other members.”

Morocco’s economy, governed by supply and demand, is considered relatively liberal. Tourism, which is focused on the country’s coast, culture and history, is one of its most important sectors. The services sector accounts for more than half of GDP, and industry, made up of mining, construction and manufacturing, contributes an additional quarter of the GDP. The top growing industries are tourism, telecoms, information technology and textiles.

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

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