Manuel Preg

Group Director and Managing Director, Germany

Manuel, an accomplished executive search and leadership advisory professional, has been a trusted partner for Management Boards and Leadership Teams, aligning people with strategy throughout his career. Commencing his journey in executive search in 2014, he has amassed a decade of in-depth experience in driving organizational change and success through effective talent management and diverse acquisition strategies. His expertise spans leadership roles up to C-Suite appointments.

Initially joining Pacific at the UK Headquarters, Manuel later established Pacific’s first office in mainland Europe. Growing up in the heart of the DACH Region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and having lived and worked in five countries, Manuel possesses a keen understanding of regional and cultural variations. Adopting a customized approach to each search, he began with a focus on the Automotive & Aerospace sector and now operates industry-agnostic, with a broad Senior Management and Board focus. Manuel assists listed, family- and PE-owned companies, as well as DAX blue-chip companies and FTSE 100 leaders.

Presently, Manuel serves as a Global Director and the Managing Director, Germany, based in Düsseldorf. Under his guidance, the German office led Pacific’s global way, emerging as the inaugural branch exclusively dedicated to retained search partnerships. This initiative significantly elevated client and candidate experiences while supporting Pacific’s and Manuel’s mission to more effectively integrate DE&I into all talent acquisition processes.

With a track record of creating value-add solutions for several hundred human capital requirements in 25+ countries, Manuel specializes in cross-border/culture searches. He has become the go-to partner and brand ambassador for many organizations undergoing change and transformation. One constant in Manuel’s journey is his passion and commitment to continuous improvement across the project lifecycle. This is achieved through a client-centric approach and by motivating and inspiring his peers and clients to think outside the box.

Manuel holds a degree in International Business Administration from the University of Kufstein (Austria). In 2013, he participated in a yearlong exchange program with Stetson University (United States) and is a native German speaker with fluency in English.

Manuel loves to travel and has visited over 35 different countries. In his free time, Manuel seeks moments to pursue his outdoor hobbies, such as skiing and sailing.