April 11, 2022 – IRC Global Executive Search Partners has renamed itself Kestria as a part of an extensive rebranding initiative. “The new name and brand are an important next step in our global journey,” said Michael Kantel, Kestria executive board member, partner and executive director Kestria Germany. “This marks the start of a new era for Kestria with all its alliance partners around the world and it represents the fully integrated way in which the alliance will work to create even greater value for our clients and our candidates.”
“After almost three decades of successful global partnership, we have reached this exciting moment and a fresh chapter in our inspiring journey, IRC is now Kestria,” said Rania Abdalla, Kestria executive board member, founder and managing director Kestria Egypt and UAE. “With the launch of the new Kestria name and brand, we are strengthening our commitment to our global clients and alliance members,” said Tom Berray, Kestria executive board member, managing partner Kestria USA.
Kestria 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. Kestria has completed over 40,000 searches for over 4,000 clients, serving everyone from game-changing start-ups to major global players.
New Executive Board
Kestria recently elected a new executive board. The executive board currently consists of the following members: Rania Abdalla, Tom Berray, Michael Kantel, Katerina Meimaroglou, and Rohan Carr (IRC Australia), IRC executive board president. Ms. Meimaroglou, the managing partner of IRC Greece (MEIHUNT, Corporate Talent Management), has been elected as a new IRC executive board member.
Kestria works to embrace the flexibility of entrepreneurs and the diversity of a global player. The organization is present in over 45 countries and six continents. More than 50 percent of partner firms are led by females. IRC consultants speak 41 languages and represent 50-plus nationalities. “We are delighted that Katerina will join and strength our already talented board,” said Mr. Carr, president of Kestria. “She will bring a new and unique perspective and we look forward to her contribution.”
Ms. Meimaroglou focuses on executive search at senior levels especially in FMCG, pharma and retail industries. Before establishing her own company, she was a partner of Cornerstone International Group. She brings corporate experience in HR management from multinational organizations such as the Coca-Cola Co., where she worked for almost six years in HR regional and marketing manager roles across Greece, Cyprus, and Malta. Prior to that, she worked for British Petroleum as HR advisor.
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