Mercuri Urval Appoints Global Practice Head for Newly Formed ESG Practice

April 3, 2024 – Stockholm, Sweden-based executive search firm Mercuri Urval (MU) has named Peter Torjussen as global practice head for its new ESG practice.MU has a clear strategy that aims to constantly strengthen our position in the leadership segment, international business, and industry expertise,” the firm said. “Our plan is to grow all these areas with care and continue to strengthen our work for our clients. Hence, MU are delighted to announce that Peter Torjussen, partner, has been appointed global practice head for our newly formed ESG practice to meet the increasing demand in the market.”

“Peter Torjussen has for over 20 years working international within MU,” the firm said. “With his broad and deep client expertise, leadership experience and his long-term focus on the energy sector he will ensure our clients success in this impactful area.”

Mr. Torjussen, based in Aarhus, Denmark, is a commercial leader with extensive international experience and deep cultural understanding from having lived and worked in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Denmark. Being responsible for the group strategic accounts, he is leading and developing the largest global accounts in Mercuri Urval. Besides leading global accounts and cross-border sales initiatives, Mr. Torjussen is also an experienced executive coach with a record of coaching C-level executives in listed companies in North America, Asia, and EMEA.

Before joining Mercuri Urval, Mr. Torjussen worked at British company Rentokil Initial where he held positions as a sales representative, sales manager and divisional manager for the healthcare business in Denmark. He joined Mercuri Urval in 1999 to work as a management consultant in the private sector in Aarhus. Mr. Torjussen later relocated to Mercuri Urval Australia, where he worked for three years as a consultant and country manager.

Mercuri Urval is a global executive search and talent advisory firm. The firm was founded in 1967. Today, Mercuri Urval works with more than 3,000 clients – across all sectors – in over 70 countries every year. It is the only global executive search and leadership advisory firm based in the Nordics.

Recent Expansion

In February, MU named Thorsten Kocherscheidt as global practice head of its financial services practice. Mr. Kocherscheidt has more than 30 years of experience in financial services in multiple C-suite positions and extensive experience in executive search in EMEA. He covers clients globally in the areas of executive search, executive coaching, human capital management, leadership, team coaching, organizational change and development, culture shaping, and DEI.

Related: Mercuri Urval Group Appoints Sector Leader

Mr. Kocherscheidt has a strong reputation as a specialist particularly for female and diverse leaders for executive board, NED, and senior leadership positions in the global insurance and asset management business. He joined the firm in 2022 from Heidrick & Struggles, where he co-led the insurance practice for Europe and Africa. Mr. Kocherscheidt will continue to develop his client base in the insurance/insurtech, asset management, and banking industry practices worldwide. He is also a consultant for the leadership advisory across all topics in human capital management and a top executive coach for individuals and teams.

Mercuri Urval Acquires Delta Management Consultants
Mercuri Urval (MU) has acquired German executive search firm Delta Management Consultants GmbH. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are pleased to be acquiring such a longstanding firm with such exceptional colleagues,” said Richard Moore, CEO. “Together we will create even further value for both our clients. Today clients need effective, sustainable, and diverse leadership more than ever. Acquiring and improving leadership is the greatest challenge organizations face – and the only way they can sustainably outperform.”

Mercuri Urval also recently launched a new board and CEO practice. “MU board and CEO practice is our response to the increasing demand for our services in the realm of board and CEO recruitment and advice,” said Christian Schaffenberger and Mieke Weijenberg, global board and CEO practice leads and partners at MU.

“MU provides a reliable alternative for board and CEO acquisition and development,” the search firm said. “Our expert’s advice, based on MU leader selection science, leads to improved performance and diversity of leaders. In organizations’ own unique context, we now offer science-based, tested and proven recruitment, selection, and development services for boards and CEOs. The services provided are mainly tailored towards SME boards – i.e. family businesses, private firms, small and mid-sized corporations.”

“As a 55-year-old, foundation-owned firm, sustainable growth is very important for Mercuri Urval,” Mr. Moore said. “Our company has had a sustained, stable, and strong performance and this acquisition is the latest strategic decision to further strengthen that. The acquisition of Delta Management Consultants will ensure we continue to deliver outstanding results for all our clients, colleagues, and stakeholders.”

Related: Mercuri Urval Appoints Leader of Americas Business

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

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