September 14, 2022 – N2Growth, a Philadelphia-based management consulting and executive search firm, has expanded to Chile with the appointment of Francisco Larrain as managing partner, Jorge Ihnen as partner, and Cristian Ureta as executive in residence. Headquartered in Santiago, Mr. Larrain will be responsible for the firm’s operations in Chile and neighboring countries and will report directly to Kelli Vukelic, CEO of N2Growth.
“I am so pleased to welcome our new team in Chile,” said Ms. Vukelic. “The collective experience of this team is a valuable asset for Chilean businesses looking for exceptional leaders who can produce extraordinary results.”
Mr. Larrain has spent over 20 years in the professional and organizational development of leaders in profit and non-profit institutions. He also developed Addval Personas, a human resources company that supports processes on payroll and people management services for a wide range of companies and industries.
“The expansion of N2Growth in Chile and Latin America is great news,” said Mr. Larrain. “The effects of the multiple global challenges on the reality of the Chilean companies require a unique leadership capability, which combines high aspirations, mastery of the activity, and caring for the teams. N2Growth’s experience in searching and developing the best leaders will be a decisive contribution to the continued growth of Chilean companies.”
Mr. Ihnen leads executive search and leadership advisory engagements in Chile and the surrounding countries within Latin America and abroad. Before joining N2Growth, he was senior vice president, operations at Latam Airlines Group for 18 years. In addition, his experience includes managing partner at Addval Consulting and experience with executive outplacement coaching at Lukkap Chile.
Mr. Ureta is also managing partner of Addval Consultancy, a company offering outsourcing services for efficient business processes in finance, accounting, and HR, among others. Before joining Addval in 2017, Mr. Ureta spent 29 years working for Latam Airlines Cargo, where he was its CEO for 11 years.
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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’s expansion into Chile follows the recent news of establishing a presence in Brazil and Mexico. N2Growth recently expanded to Brazil with the addition of Luiz Gustavo Aranha as partner. He is responsible for all operations in Brazil and neighboring countries. “Supporting our expansion into Latin America, particularly in Brazil, is a crucial pillar in our goal to better serve clients worldwide, especially in Central and South America,” said Ms. Vukelic. “Luiz brings an exceptional track record of superior client delivery and experience in the financial services market, construction and engineering sector, and technology, mining, and consumer goods industries. We are excited to see further growth under his leadership.”
N2Growth named Kelli Vukelic. as CEO, making her the firm’s first female top leader. “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, at the time. “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.”
“The executive search segment has been operating in the same way for years, and changes are overdue to respond more accurately and quickly to the needs of our clients,” said Mr. Aranha. “N2Growth brings an innovative and proven solution to Brazilian and Latin American markets. Unsurprisingly, Forbes ranks N2Growth as one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms. This partnership brings the Brazilian market a global excellence operation with exclusive methodology and tools. With N2Growth as a partner, we will have all the resources needed to recruit the best talents and develop outstanding leaders.”
N2Growth also recently expanded to Mexico with its acquisition of Mexican talent and leadership advisory firm FluidMind Consulting and appointing the firm’s founder, Carlos Alfonso Gonzalez, as managing partner. Mr. Gonzalez will be responsible for all operations in Mexico and neighboring countries and will report directly to Ms. Vukelic. The firm’s new location will be in Mexico City. “In today’s ultra competitive global climate, our clients entrust us to help them find top leaders who can build notable leadership teams who can drive exceptional performance from all corners of the globe, and Mexico is no exception,” said Ms. Vukelic. “Furthermore, FluidMind Consulting’s leadership advisory practice was a perfect fit for our firm’s mission and philosophy: to find the best leaders by first identifying their leadership DNA.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media