Marjolein Smits

Managing Partner

Raffaele has always been fascinated by the possibility of changing a person’s life for the better. He believes any successful journey, including executive recruitment, starts with preparation, preparation, preparation. You should be ready for anything that comes your way. A motto Raffaele learned from the founder of the modern Scouting movement, Lord Baden-Powell: Be prepared!.

So, when evaluating a potential candidate, Raffaele not only considers the person’s work history and track record, but also their potential as a leader, willingness and ability to learn quickly, and capacity to make things happen on the fly. Just because a person has the perfect background for a job, doesn’t mean they are right for it.

Raffaele started his own journey nearly 40 years ago, helping to transform the digital landscape around the globe. He has held senior Marketing, Sales, and General Management positions with companies such as the Italian National Research Center, Modcomp, Informix Software, AC Nielsen, Olivetti, and Merrill Lynch, to name a few. He has lived and worked in his native Italy as well as Belgium, Switzerland, UK and the United States.

Since joining Hightech Partners in 2006, he has facilitated hundreds of top-level international recruitments, enabling clients to achieve their business targets, while allowing recruits to express their talents in the proper environment and change their lives for the better.

  • Executive Search