International Executive Search Federation Adds New Member Firm in Austria

September 27, 2022 – The International Executive Search Federation (IESF) has expanded in Austria with the addition of YBM Partners as its newest member firm. “Our expansion with Austria as the traditional gate to Eastern Europe is in line with the strategy of IESF as a growing international organization to be stronger represented in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe,” the search network said.

“As a new member of our network, we welcome YBM Partners,” said Gertjan van de Groep, president of IESF. “With their presence in Austria, it gives our organization a broader representation, both from our existing members to this newcomer and vice versa. We’re now strongly represented and connected in the region as well, with strong partners in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. We’re looking forward to sharing knowledge, learning from each other, and working on cross border assignments together.”

Yenni Benze – Mantwill is YBM Partners’ founder and managing director. For over 25 years, she has been a passionate consultant in international executive search as well as in strategy consultancy at Amrop, Kearney, and General Electric Capital.

“I’m proud to be part of this global partnership, working closely across borders and time zones with my new partners,” said Ms. Benze -Mantwill. “I look forward to sharing best practices and experiences and adding value to IESF both as a person and a partner. It’s of added value to my firm to have professional partners for clients searches outside of Austria. I will use my broad consultancy experiences to serve IESF ́s clients professionally in Austria.”

YBM Partners was founded as a partnership of established professionals in the fields of executive search, management auditing, and coaching. The firm serves clients across all industries, with a strong focus on industry, FMCG, consumer goods, retail, and financial services.

Austria is the 12th richest country in the world in terms of gross domestic product per capita and has a well-developed social market economy. Austrian companies have been active players and consolidators in Eastern Europe over the past three decades. Labor movements are particularly strong in Austria and have a large influence on labor politics. International tourism is a vital part of the national economy.

Growing Search Network

Founded in 2002, the International Executive Search Federation identifies talent and leadership from 50 offices and 22 countries. The IESF offers a fully customized, local approach to search projects, based on culture, regional economics, and the local candidate marketplace.

The organization recently named Mr. van de Groep of IESF The Netherlands (Van de Groep & Olsthoorn Executive Searchas its new president. He took over from Victor Carulla from IESF Spain (Headway Executive Search) who stepped down after completing three years as president. “I’m looking forward to serving as president. IESF’s success is built on a strong foundation of trust across cultures and dedicated member firms driven to deliver leaders across the globe for their clients,” he said. “My goal as the new president is to retain and expand our partner network. Also, I want to showcase our thought leadership and create engagement and added value for our partners, candidates and clients.”

IESF also recently added Find Great People, a talent acquisition and human resources consulting firm, to its international network. This expansion is in line with the expansion strategy of IESF to be represented worldwide as a growing international organization. Over nearly four decades, Find Great People’s services have evolved to include direct hire search, executive search, temporary staffing, contract staffing, consulting, and outplacement. Specialty areas include accounting and finance, engineering, executive, healthcare, human resources, manufacturing, nonprofit, public sector, sales and marketing, and technology. Find Great People is headquartered in Greenville, SC, with offices in Columbia, SC, and Nashville, TN.

Related: The International Executive Search Federation Launches Advisory Board

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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