September 1, 2020 – The executive search field continues to be a welcoming landing pad for HR executives looking for a career change. Recently, Platinium Executive Search added former HR executive Céline Daubresse as a partner.
“We are very pleased to welcome Céline here at Platinium Executive Search, as her international HR track record in various EMEA HR roles is both contrasting and complementary to ours,” said Olivier Bouhoulle, founder of Platinium Executive Search. “I’m certain that having someone on board who has been on the other side of the table for years, and who understands perfectly the daily constraints and objectives of our key HR director clients, is a huge asset to our company.”
Ms. Daubresse has spent most of her career in the engineering and industrial sectors. At global performance materials and service leader Carmeuse, where she held various senior HR roles such as HR manager for the Central and Eastern European region and VP of human resources for the European region. Throughout the past years Céline has acquired experience in recruiting at the senior level, specifically relating to sales and engineering profiles, in Belgium and across Europe. She holds a master’s degree in social and organizational psychology from UCL and speaks French, English and Dutch fluently.
“Recruitment has been one of the key responsibilities throughout my career and searching for the best talent to fill a challenging position has always given me great pleasure,” said Ms. Daubresse. “Speaking personally, one of the greatest rewards is then watching how those people we hired grow and flourish in the organization. In my role as HR manager I was able to build up excellent professional relationships with my colleagues, and this allowed me to dare to challenge them, and be highly effective and successful in the recruitment process. In my opinion, it’s essential to fully grasp all the ins and outs of a role if you quickly want to find the right person for the challenge at stake. Keeping an open mind at all times helps to find the best gems on the market.”
“This is why I decided to join Platinium Executive Search, because I could really feel that they also focus on establishing strong partnerships with their clients, and that they genuinely position themselves as a trusted sparring partner throughout the entire search process,” Ms. Daubresse said. Strong team spirit and Platinium belonging to the international Agilium Worldwide network were additional factors in her decision, she said.
Platinium Executive Search provides global executive search and recruitment solutions to a broad range of customers from international leading companies to niche players. The firm is a member of Agilium Worldwide Executive Search Group, an international strategic group of independent, owner-managed retained executive search firms around the globe.
HR Leaders Transition to Recruiters
For CHROs, chief talent officers and other C-suite HR executives, the crossover skills required in the search business are nearly identical, and Hunt Scanlon Media has recently tracked a number of successful transitions. We have taken note of the trend among top-ranking HR executives reestablishing themselves as executive recruiters. Here’s a look at some of the more prominent ones:
McDermott + Bull expanded with the addition of former HR executive Alisa Nagle as a managing director to drive the firm’s global industrial, automotive and mobility practice. Based in Detroit, she will also play a critical role in launching the firm’s office in the region. Ms. Nagle has spent over 25 years as a human capital leader and transformation business partner. As a former chief human resources officer and head of HR, she excels in identifying and assessing top leadership talent to achieve game-changing transformation, growth, and success for her clients in the industrial sector.
Protis Global has added Cheri Ehrlich Eisen as its SVP of business development. In her extensive 20-plus years of talent acquisition and HR leadership experience, she has partnered with major entities in the entertainment space, including Walt Disney Television and NBC Universal. Ms. Eisen currently serves as president of RAZR Recruiting + Consulting, which was launched in 2015 to help businesses find key talent for their organizations. Before that, she was senior director of human resources and talent acquisition for Fusion, an ABC – Univision joint venture.
Cognitive Talent Partners expanded with the addition of former CHRO Ajay Bakshi as senior client partner. Mr. Bakshi is a CEO /CXO-level executive coach, board-level human resources professional and strategic business advisor. With more than 25 years of experience, he has held senior-level HR and board-level positions as a chief human resources officer with Vodafone Global Services, Prudential Global Services and Sterlite Technologies & Power.
Positive Moves, based in Gurgaon, in India, expanded with the addition of former CHRO Gautam Anand as a partner. Previously, Mr. Anand served as CHRO at Airtel, where he led the people agenda during a period of intense industry disruption and proved instrumental in guiding the company to become a digital products company.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media