Kennedy Executive Search Appoints Managing Director EMEA

Kennedy ES Carl Lens Managing Director EMEA

May 29, 2018 – Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting, a network of independent executive search firms, has 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 Europe for the network.

“In this time of continuous and true globalization, boards commonly consist of people from a variety of nationalities,” said Mr. Lens. “This means that recruiters need to be aware and appreciative of how talent flows globally and stay on top of both worldwide as well as local trends. Yet, in executive search, there is often a lack of true, seamless service when it comes to sourcing talent globally.”

Mr. Lens said he hopes to bridge and streamline the collective talent and experience of the network’s partners in EMEA and globally. “For that I will be working closely with my peers Joe Screnci, our partner in Sydney and managing director APAC, and Eric Pringle of our Denver office who is managing director North America,” he said. “Together with them and all our partners, we will make sure we can offer both our clients and candidates the best, and truly global, service they deserve.”

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Jorg Stegemann, CEO of Kennedy, praised Mr. Lens as the right person for the job. “Our network is growing fast and the world is changing even faster,” he said. “We are continuously looking to expand into new territories, including the Middle East and Northern Africa. I am happy that Carl steps up from managing director Europe to managing director EMEA. His vast, global experience and ability to connect people, make him the ideal candidate to support us in these efforts and to keep us prepared for what the future of work has in store for us.”


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Kennedy Executive Search offers what it calls “360 talent management,” from executive search to coaching during a placement’s integration period, and a host of other talent and leadership consulting services. The firm serves clients across Europe and North America, with offices in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Denver, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Paris and Prague.

Global Expansion

In March, Kennedy expanded into South Africa with the addition of Evolve Executive Search in Johannesburg. This became Kennedy’s first African partner for the network. Evolve was founded in 2011 and is headed by Adam Ginster. The firm executes high-end search assignments throughout South Africa and more than 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Its clients include those in mining, metals, oil & petroleum, infrastructure, energy, construction and industrial services, as well as financial services and TMT (Technology, Media and Telecoms).

Kennedy began the year by strengthening its presence in Sydney, Australia with the addition of JRS International Search Partners. Led by husband and wife team Joe and Paula Screnci, JRS International conducts assignments throughout the Asia Pacific region and across a broad range of industries.

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Recently, the organization also expanded in Central Europe with the addition of Vienna-based Qualitas Management Consulting. The firm’s focus is on private industrial and manufacturing companies as well as those in pharmaceuticals and technology. The founder of Qualitas, Roland Wadl, has over 20 years experience in executive search and human resources.

In September, Kennedy partnered with Human Assets Consulting Group AS in Oslo, Norway to bolster its presence in Northern Europe. Human Assets is a boutique executive search firm founded in 2015 by Petter Berg, Truls Mo and Haakon Heskja. Mr. Berg, who started in executive search five years ago, has a background working for two top tier management consulting firms (including partner-level at McKinsey). He was also a director with a large IT consulting business. Mr. Berg has 16 years in management consulting, including vast international experience in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.

Kennedy also partnered with Ikelosz in Budapest to strengthen its presence in Central Eastern Europe. George Kobelrausch, Ikelosz’s founder, has been working in the search sector since 2005 after a career spanning blue-chip companies, including Unilever. He has a track record of over 10 years in executive search and has recruited senior leadership functions in Hungary and other countries in CEE. He is an experienced business coach and certified consultant of the Innermetrix personality assessment system. His team includes Klara Gorog, a senior consultant with 20-plus years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, who heads up its life sciences practice.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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