June 9, 2020 – Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has established a footing in Sweden. Frisenberg J. & Associates, Kennedy’s partner office in Monaco is opening a second office in Gothenburg, marking the 20th partner destination for the global network of privately-owned recruiting firms.
Frisenberg J. & Associates is headed by Kennedy’s current president, Swedish born Caroline Frisenberg. It is the second Scandinavian city for the network along with DNA Headhunting in Copenhagen.
“Sweden is my heritage, my home market so to speak,” Ms. Frisenberg said. “I know the culture, the language and am in tune with current trends in the Swedish job market. Furthermore, I have a strong network of both clients and candidates here, gained through my 15 years of experience in recruitment for Swedish companies. It made perfect sense to open an office there.”
Frisenberg J. & Associates was founded in 2011. The firm specializes in recruiting senior management and C-suite roles for companies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Its client base is diverse with companies ranging from the consumer, luxury and media to the tech, maritime and industrial industries. The latter, industrial, will be a big focus for the Swedish office. Historically, Sweden is a strong player in the industrial sector worldwide. The country has ample natural resources like forests and water and is the birth place of many big global brands like Mölnlycke, H&M, IKEA, Volvo, Ericsson and Electrolux. Many international companies looking to set up shop in the region opt for Sweden because of its strategic, central location.
Gothenburg, is a strategic location, Kennedy said. Both Sweden’s and Norway’s capital cities Stockholm and Oslo can be reached by car in about three hours. Gothenburg also provides easy access to the rest of Europe and is home to many large corporations. This includes the Swedish multinational manufacturing company Volvo. Göteborg Landvetter Airport is the country’s second largest airport and an important hub for freight and international transport.
“The Swedish office will allow Kennedy Executive to add further service and relevance to our client,” said Ms. Frisenberg. “Being part of the Kennedy network means we can combine local relevance and knowledge, with an international scope, vision and mindset. This will appeal to both local as well as global companies looking for a solid and trusted partner in their various recruitment needs.”
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.
Kennedy Executive Search has elected Caroline Frisenberg as new president and Markus Unterberger as vice president. Founder of the network Jorg Stegemann and Carl Lens will step down as president and vice president, respectively. The election is the result of the network’s recent transformation into an economic interest group. In the new structure, all partners become equal stakeholders and together elect the leadership.
Kennedy Executive Search recently added Adrian & Roth Personalberatung as a member firm. Adrian & Roth was founded in 2002. The firm has more than 20 years of experience in executive search in a variety of hi-tech industries such as semiconductor, electronics, software, telecommunication and more. The firm bears the name of its two founders, Florian Roth and Jürgen Adrian.
Kennedy Executive Search added Miami-headquartered Talent Corporate Solutions as a 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.
The organization also 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.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media