IMSA Search Opens New Offices in Norway

August 20, 2019 – Executive search network IMSA Search Global Partners has expanded in Norway with the additions of Search House, based in Trondheim, and A’HEAD, which operates in Stavanger and Oslo.

“Search House and A’HEAD have several commonalities: They were both founded and are still owned by the partners, are approximately the same size, and have vibrant operations in the strong local markets in Scandinavia,” said Jan Gunnar Storli, IMSA Norway. “We share the same values and communicate exceptionally well with each other.”

A’HEAD, a Nordic executive search and management consulting company, has been delivering recruitment solutions and practices for its clients since 2003. The firm continues to make advancements, acquiring deep knowledge about the executive search market in Norway, especially in the oil and gas industry. A’HEAD uses a blend of a customer-centric approach to the recruitment process (understanding clients’ and candidates’ needs) with top science and high-tech innovative technologies (such as psychometric assessment tools that boost assessment insights and bring superior value to their clients).

A’HEAD is led by managing partners Stig-Rune Reese and Hard Olav Bastiansen.

“We have worked closely with Stig-Rune and Hard Olav for years,” said Monika Ciesielska, president of IMSA Search Global Partners. She said her firm values their experience, exceptional business acumen and “in-depth knowledge of the Scandinavian markets, culture and business relations.”

Search House is a Norwegian consulting company specialized in executive search, recruitment and management consulting. The firm has experience in recruitment and selection of executives, managers and specialists to the private and public sectors. Search House was established in 2012.

“This alliance allows us to expand our reach across a substantial swath of the country, and enhance our eminence in the broader market,” said Jan Gunnar Storli, Search House managing partner. Mr. Storli has worked with executive search, organizational development and leadership and team development since 1986.

The two companies have signed a cooperation agreement, which has been approved by the IMSA Board. “We are thrilled to welcome the A’HEAD and Search House teams” said Ms. Ciesielska.

The expansion of IMSA Norway positions the firm as a pervasive force throughout Norway, with an extensive network of world-class executive specialists from Trondheim to Stavanger and Oslo. “IMSA Search represents what’s best from both worlds,” said Hard Olav Bastiansen. “On one hand, it opens up the possibility of collaborating with a well-respected brand on a global level. On the other hand, we can still maintain a local brand identity in the national market. As a result, we can offer both a local touch and global reach to our clients.”

Global Network

IMSA Search Global Partners is a leading international executive search network with 22 member countries and 47 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Members of the IMSA International Executive Search network are all boutique search firms.

The organization recently appointed Peter Fischer as chief financial officer replacing Wolfgang Kasper who announced that he was stepping down from the role during the IMSA spring meeting in Italy. Mr. Fischer’s main areas of expertise are technology, financial services and corporate management.

“I am honored that our president, Monika Ciesielska, has asked me to serve our organization and support IMSA Search as the new CFO,” said Mr. Fischer. “I see a huge opportunity to introduce IMSA Search into new markets, expanding its client base. This the goal we hope to reach in the near future.”


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In addition, IMSA added New York City-headquartered executive search firm Howard-Sloan Search as a member. Howard-Sloan is led by CEO Mitchell Berger. He joined the company in 1983 and assumed the top role in 1991. Established in 1957, Howard-Sloan Search’s areas of expertise are advertising, compliance, digital media, fashion, financial services, human resources, legal, life sciences, marketing, non-profit, publishing, real estate and technology.

“Howard-Sloan Search will become a key player in our Americas expansion strategy,” said Lizette Ibarra, an IMSA Search board member from Mexico. “U.S. companies continue expanding in Latin America and often struggle to find the right talent and understand local issues.”

IMSA also recently added Norwegian recruiting firm Search House to the fold. Search House is an independent recruitment company in Mid-Norway, with expertise in methodology for business analysis, selection and process management, specially designed for the recruitment of executives and managers.

The firm was founded in 2012 by partners Mr. Storli, Jo Temre and Eilif Solem. The founders have strong experience in recruiting and selecting senior and other managers and specialists for both the public and the private sector. They pride themselves on having a deep understanding of their clients’ needs, business activities, corporate organization and culture. Search House’s clients are for the most part large organizations from a wide range of sectors, such as manufacturing, banking and finance, food, aquaculture, energy industry, high-tech and public agencies.

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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