September 21, 2018 – IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added People & Performance A/S in Denmark as its newest member firm. “Denmark is an important market with many international knowledge-intensive companies with cross-border recruitment needs, and with IRC Denmark our worldwide executive search firm alliance has secured a strong foothold to support our international clients,” said IRC.
People & Performance is a consultancy firm with services spanning executive search, talent assessment, top management, team development and leadership development. Most of its clients are large international companies working in or out of the Nordic region. With two offices in Denmark, one East and one West, the firm covers the Danish market with local insight.
“Our capacity to attract a firm of the caliber of People & Performance to join IRC indicates the strength of our alliance,” said Rohan Carr, president of president of IRC. “They will complement our already strong presence in the region, The firm is led by a strong management team with long and deep executive experience, supported by a group of 45-plus senior consultants, consultants, specialists and support staff.”
Torben Norby, the CEO and founding partner of People & Performance and now CEO of IRC Denmark, said: “By joining IRC Global Executive Search Partners we strengthen our international profile, and look forward to presenting the full range of the IRC value proposition of delivering talent anywhere in the world to our international clients.”
Mr. Norby is experienced within international strategy and business development, development and deployment of corporate programs within sales and leadership. In addition, he is driving the Leadership Performance Project, building insight into which performance-influencing leader behaviors are most effective, given different context characteristics across positions, levels, functions and more.
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Joining Mr. Norby is Anders Jorgensen, who serves as director of recruitment and is primarily working within the search and selection and career development. Mr. Jorgensen also conducts leadership training and development. He is highly experienced in advising boards and management teams across a wide range of industries on executive search, development and retention.
Denmark has the world’s 13th most competitive economy and Europe’s eighth-ranked, according to the World Economic Forum. Companies headquartered in the country include A.P. Møller, Danske Bank, ISS, United Shipping & Trading Company, Novo Nordisk, Wrist Group, Carlsberg, DONG Energy, Arla Foods and Danish Crown.
IRC has partners in over 80 cities across Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. The consortium has completed more than 30,000 assignments for more than 3,000 clients in virtually every industry segment and function, according to the firm.
Late last year, IRC appointed Mr. Carr, director of IRC Australia (the Insight Group), as its new president. He succeeded Patrick Westerburger (IRC Netherlands), who served in the role since 2014. “Rohan is the right leader to take IRC to the next level,” said Mr. Westerburger. “He understands the challenges that our clients are facing both in traditional and emerging markets.”
Here’s a look at some recent expansion activity at the global consortium:
The organization recently added Buenos Aires-based executive recruiters HighFlow as a member firm. The recruiting firm, which is now called IRC Argentina, specializes in the finance & banking and sales & marketing sectors. The firm is led by partners Mauro L’Estrange and Federico Carrera.
This past spring IRC named Tomasz Sokolowski, vice president of IRC Poland (HBK), as its new EMEA regional leader. He takes over from Gaye Özcan, managing partner of IRC Turkey and EMEA regional leader since 2014. Mr. Sokolowski has over 20 years of experience in the personnel consulting industry.
IRC recently expanded with the addition of the Office Limited in Hong Kong. Rachel Ta is the managing director and founder of the Office Limited. Its team consists of Ms. Ta, Daniel Tran and Chung Yeung. The firm’s core practices are consumer markets, industrial practice and human resources.
IRC added MEIHUNT Corporate Talent Management in Greece as its 47th member firm. It is now known as IRC Greece. MEIHUNT Corporate Talent Management specializes in the pharmaceutical, retail and FMCG sectors. The firm also offers coaching for leadership development and outplacement.
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