Kennedy Executive Search Adds New Member Firm

October 4, 2019 – Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has added Miami-headquartered Talent Corporate Solutions as its newest member firm. The new partner also has offices in Brazil and Mexico.

Talent Corporate Solutions is a retained executive search firm specializing in strategic, complex, and confidential C-suite and senior management positions for the Latin America business units of multinational companies.

The firm was founded by industry veteran Federico Sucari. Based in Brazil, Mr. Sucari leads the Sao Paulo office team. With over two decades in the executive search industry and with extensive expertise in C-level, senior management and cross-border functional roles, he has performed searches for Fortune Global 1000 public and privately-held companies as well as for strong, regional players in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and throughout South America.

Pablo Perella-Berdun joined Talent Corporate Solutions as a partner earlier this year. He is a seasoned business leader who started his career in Argentina with Santander Rio Bank and Alpargatas before spending 20 years with Kimberly-Clark in Argentina, Brazil and the U.S. Most recently, Mr. Perella-Berdun was president of Microban, a global leader in antimicrobial and odor control additives. He currently splits his time between the company offices in Miami and Mexico City.

“When it became clear we needed a partner in Latin America, we could not have wished for a better match,” said Jorg Stegemann, chairman of Kennedy Executive Search. “We look for the highest business ethics and professional standards in potential new partners. With Pablo and Federico, we immediately recognized both. Furthermore, their extensive professional experience, their mutual global footprint, their passion for executive search and last but not least, their personalities perfectly match our network.”

“Our collective experience provided us with a clear understanding of how successful companies design and organize functions, roles and processes,” said Mr. Sucari. “We apply this knowledge to help our clients assess their own critical organizational, talent acquisition and retention factors. If the result calls for the hiring of new talent, we can do extensive mapping of talent in the market. A clear perspective of the competencies of their employees compared to those of industry peers will help them make the right decision.”

“To make sure we find the perfect match, we implement a proprietary methodology to identify, evaluate, attract and place high-caliber talent,” he said. “As the first 90 days are paramount to the long-term success of a new employee, we offer an extensive integration and onboarding program. We take great pride in being able to offer our clients this wide range of services, particularly in a complicated market like Latin America.”

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 “To capitalize on the opportunities the Latin American market presents, multinational companies require in-depth knowledge and experience of each country’s regulations, practices, culture and talent base,” Mr. Perella-Berdun said. “Often, the headquarters for Latin American businesses are in the U.S., Canada or Europe—not in the actual region, which adds to its intricate nature. Through our collaboration with the Kennedy Executive Search network partners, we can provide both the global insights and the local expertise and service that is critical for clients to win. It’s the perfect blend of the advantages of a boutique firm with the resources of a very reputed, international network.”

Kennedy Executive Search offers “360 talent management,” as the firm calls it – from executive search to coaching during a placement’s integration period, and a host of other talent and leadership consulting services. With Unterberger & Partner joining, the network now has offices in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the U.S.

Global Expansion

The organization recently expanded into Washington, D.C. with the addition of TH Bender as a member firm. TH Bender has completed over 300 search assignments, 90 percent commissioned by companies outside of the U.S., including dozens for country managers guiding the North American operations of European and Asian corporations. The firm focuses on the recruiting needs of non-American companies across the high-tech, industrial, financial, life-sciences, energy and automotive industries. Tilman Bender, who still leads many of its search assignments, founded the company in 2005.

Recently, Kennedy appointed Louise Royer as marketing director. She is responsible for building and executing marketing strategies to support the growth of the network. She will also be in charge of brand development strategies. Ms. Royer will assume her responsibilities immediately.

Lastly, Kennedy also named Carl Lens as managing director EMEA. Mr. Lens is co-founder and owner of Kennedy’s Dutch partner office, Lens, Executive Search based in Amsterdam. Before founding his firm, he was global head of healthcare for London-based recruitment firm Nicholson. Prior to his latest appointment, Mr. Lens was managing director for Europe for the network.

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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