February 3, 2022 – The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives looking for a career change. For CHROs, chief talent officers and other C-suite HR executives, the cross-over skills required in the search business are nearly identical. Recently, N2Growth, a Philadelphia-based management consulting and executive search firm, named former HR executive Jos van der Steen as partner, focusing on the firm’s European retail, financial services and digital transformation practices.
“In his capacity as HR Director, Jos has always been a vocal supporter and client of N2Growth,” said Jaco Erasmus, EMEAA partner and member of the N2Growth board. “Having made a career switch to executive search, we are honored to welcome him as partner within the executive search practice of N2Growth Benelux. Every HR director knows how crucial it is to get the right executives onboard at the right moment in time. Jos has been on the hiring side of the table for many years and offers a lot of experience and understanding with respect to clients’ executive search needs.”
Before joining N2Growth, Mr. van der Steen worked for over 40 years holding several HR positions, notably as the HR director at Vroom & Dreesmann and Worldline. He brings a vast network of professional relationships to the firm, enabling the attraction of top senior management and creating a unique and competitive advantage for the firm’s clients.
“Jos brings a wealth of experience to N2 with vast knowledge of the financial services and retail sectors, coupled with deep expertise in organizational development,” said Kelli Vukelic, CEO of N2Growth. “He is a great asset to our Benelux team, and we are delighted to bring Jos on board during this time of rapid growth in the region.”
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N2Growth is a global leadership consultancy with practice areas in executive search, culture shaping, leadership development, strategy, organizational design, risk, digital transformation and executive coaching. The firm has more than 40 locations across the Americas, Europe, MENA and APAC.
N2Growth recently named Ms. Vukelic as its new chief executive officer. She became the first female CEO of the firm. “Kelli embodies all of the characteristics we were looking for in our next CEO, and we are confident that our clients, employees and shareholders will benefit from her perspective, capabilities and commitment to excellence,” said Mike Myatt, founder and chairman of N2Growth. “She has an extensive global network, deep boardroom experience, and an outstanding reputation for delivering good counsel to senior leaders and organizations across a wide range of industries and geographies.”
Ms. Vukelic previously served as chief operating officer of N2Growth, leading both business and sales operations for the firm. Prior to joining N2Growth, she held several roles of increasing responsibility at Korn Ferry over her 20-year tenure culminating in an executive leadership role in the firm’s global technology practice.
“Our growing global client base has enabled us to experience remarkable growth, being able to cover more geographies and complex search assignments than ever before,” Mr. Erasmus said. “With Kelli, N2Growth has found an exceptional leader to further our rapid global expansion, as we continue to revolutionize executive search with the most innovative approach in the industry.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media