April 24, 2020 – Kingsley Gate Partners is continuing its recent expansion with the opening of a new office in Madrid. Spain. Rocío Rufilanchas and Alberto Terron have joined the firm as vice presidents in the new office.
“Despite the difficult times Spain and the rest of the world are currently going through, the expansion in Madrid demonstrates Kingsley Gate Partners’ commitment to growth and to our ability to serve our clients internationally,” said Umesh Ramakrishnan, office of the CEO.
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“I am very pleased to have Alberto and Rocío join our team and expand our global capabilities in Europe,” said Eduardo Antunovic, senior partner. “Their respective expertise in verticals like consumer, leisure and entertainment will help us to make an impact in Madrid. Spain is an important investor in Latin America and other regions around the globe. We are eager to bring value to this market, which will be important for the international development of our firm.”
“After years observing the impact of technology on most industries, I was looking forward to a real transformation of the executive search business,” said Ms. Rufilanchas. “Now the moment has come and the big change is in our hands. I feel privileged for the opportunity to be part of this exciting adventure.”
“I am thrilled to join Kingsley Gate Partners as we are three steps ahead of other executive search firms due to our focus on technology.” Mr. Terron said. “I anticipate a return on our investment in the Iberian market, as we demonstrate our approach to executive search.”
Ms. Rufilanchas has decades of experience in executive search, having placed executives within the consumer retail, leisure and entertainment, and luxury industries. She has substantial experience in recruiting senior-level leadership. Previously, Ms. Rufilanchas was a partner at Eurosearch, where she provided executive search, leadership consulting, coaching and interim executive management services to her clients. She also served as a principal with Heidrick & Struggles and spent eight years in human resources at Sanofi-Aventis, Spain and as the global talent management director at Loewe (Grupo LVMH).
Mr. Terron brings over 15 years of executive search experience to the firm, with a specialization in professional services, private equity and financial services. Before joining Kingsley Gate Partners, he served as country manager for Randstad, where he participated in the start-up and development of its executive search business in Spain and Portugal. Prior to that, Mr. Terron oversaw the establishment of an international boutique executive search firm in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Founded in 2015, Kingsley Gate Partners recruits senior leadership for private equity and venture capital portfolio businesses and Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Dallas, the firm employs consultants and recruiters with expertise in private equity, life sciences, financial services, technology, manufacturing and professional services.
In February, Kingsley Gate Partners added Jose Revilla joining as a partner in its Lima, Peru office. Mr. Revilla brings over 20 years of experience in executive roles in multiple countries in Latin America and the U.S. in the information technology and telecommunications industry. His strong leadership and operations background gives him the ability to consult with CEOs, board members and other senior executives, as well as provide unique value as a search professional. Before joining Kingsley Gate Partners, Mr. Revilla served as LatAm regional director for the small and medium business segment with Telefonica in Sao Paulo.
Kingsley Gate began the year by acquiring Everest Search Partners, an Israeli-based boutique executive search firm. Jeff Shapiro and Noam Eisenberg have joined Kingsley Gate Partners as senior partners based in Tel Aviv. Founded in 2005 and based in Tel-Aviv, Everest Search Partners specializes in recruiting C-level and VP executives across the technology and life sciences spectrum. Everest Search Partners uniquely concentrates on Israeli-founded companies around the world, focusing on seeking out the best fitting and most experienced executives in all functional areas.
As Kingsley Gate Partners continues to expand, the acquisition of Everest Search Partners represents an important addition. “Tel Aviv is currently one the most important tech centers globally for doing business,” said Nancy Albertini, office of the CEO, Kingsley Gate Partners. “Noam and Jeff are world-class professionals with extensive search expertise, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them strengthen and expand our presence in Israel and the region.”
In an effort to expand its global presence, Kingsley Gate Partners recently added Maria Eugenia Bias Fortes as senior partner and Priscilla Batistao as vice president. Ms. Eugenia Bias Forte brings over 12 years of experience in the executive search industry specializing in top-level roles in the consumer, retail, education and life sciences, board and executive coaching practices. Ms. Batistao has been working in executive search and professional services since 2005 focused on the consumer goods, retail, education and assessment practices.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media