Kestria Grows Agribusiness & Agriscience Practice Group

March 4, 2024 – Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners, has strengthened its agribusiness & agriscience practice group with the additions of Carlos Eduardo Staut, Constanza Ossa, and Pietro Borroni. “In an era where sustainable practices and technological advancements are reshaping industries, agribusiness stands at the forefront of a remarkable transformation,” Kestria said. “The rising demand for sustainable food production aligns with consumer awareness of environmental impacts. Agribusiness is at the forefront, adopting disruptive technologies to efficiently utilize resources and secure a sustainable future.”

“Our agribusiness and agriscience practice group is one of the fastest-growing expert teams within our global alliance,” said Patrick Westerburger, managing partner, Kestria Netherlands, Kestria agribusiness & agriscience global practice leader. “In 2023, we expanded into South America with specialists from Chile and Brazil, and in the EMEA region in Belgium. I am proud to announce that in 2024, we are further expanding in the EMEA region. Our Italian partner, Pietro Borroni, brings decades of experience in senior leadership roles within global agriculture and food companies. With this addition to our team, we will be well-equipped to handle the most complex and challenging executive search assignments anywhere in the world. We remain committed to delivering excellence in providing high-quality services to our clients in the agribusiness and agriscience sector.”

Mr. Staut is a seasoned business management professional with over 30 years of experience. He is responsible for commercial management, defining strategies, and implementing innovative technologies. As the managing partner of StautGROUP, Mr. Staut has a wealth of experience in the field of executive search and human resources. As the head of StautGROUP, he leads the executive search division, specializing in identifying and recruiting top-tier talent for organizations across various industries.

Ms. Ossa, general manager of Kestria Chile, has over 10 years of work experience in organizational development consulting and executive search. She has a track record of leading search processes for both national and multinational companies, as well as do projects for clients from diverse industries. Since 2019, Ms. Ossa has held the position of general manager at Krebs, where she continues to advise our clients on talent development and attraction processes while leading the company’s operations.

Mr. Borroni is a senior business partner at Kestria Italy (CGH Consulting & Allen Parker Executive Search). He has worked for Italian, Dutch, French, Swiss, Emirates and U.S. companies. In these companies he held the following positions: President, CEO, general manager, sales and marketing director, media communications director and expertise in complex HR solutions and search.

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Kestria has partners in over 40 countries and 90 cities across Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The consortium has completed more than 40,000 assignments for more than 4,000 clients, from game-changing start-ups to major global players.

New Leadership Team

Kestria recently appointed Katerina Meimaroglou as president of the executive board. In addition, the consortium elected Japheth A. Worthy representing Kestria Japan: Apex. K.K., and Monicca Yan, managing director at Kestria China & Singapore: HR Partners as executive board members. They join Ms. Meimaroglou leading Kestria Greece: MEIHUNT, Michael Kantel, Kestria Germany: Friedrichs & Partners (re-elected), and Travis Hann, managing partner of Kestria Canada & USA: Pender & Howe.

Kestria Adds New Member Firm in Brazil
Kestria has added StautGROUP Executive Search in Brazil as its newest member firm. “Latin America is an economically promising region in global trade due to its abundant commodities, growing middle class, improving infrastructure, and regional integration efforts,” said Stepan Motejzik, alliance director at Kestria. “Brazil, as the largest economy in the region, offers significant potential for global trade and investment with its rich natural resources, diverse workforce, and expanding consumer market. We are delighted to welcome StautRH Executive Search as our new partner in Brazil. They will help us extend the reach of our services and ensure that our clients receive the best possible care in this critical Latin American market.” StautRH Executive Search, part of StautGROUP is a human resources consultancy with 38 years of experience, operating from offices in Campinas and São Paulo, Brazil. They specialize in executive search and leadership development, serving national and multinational companies across the country.

“Guided by strategic vision, driven by inclusion, built on trust, and focused on results – our path forward is one of collective achievement,” said Ms. Meimaroglou. “Together, we will deliver a future marked by progress and success for all.”

“Recognizing the appointment of our new executive board, I express deep gratitude to Rohan Carr (Kestria Australia: The Insight Group), the outgoing president, for his remarkable leadership over the past six years,” said Stepan Motejzik, Kestria global alliance director. “Under the guidance of our newly elected president, Katerina Meimaroglou, and the committed executive board, we are poised for continued success. Their dedication to fostering collaboration among our global partners is a testament to our commitment to making our clients and candidates stronger and future-ready.”

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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