May 9, 2018 – Rialto Recruitment | Atlantae Executive Search, a technical and scientific focused search firm based in Niel, Belgium, is continuing to expand. The firm recently announced plans to open a third branch in either East Flanders or West Flanders by this summer. It is expecting further growth by the end of the year. The firm recently opened a second office in Genk.
Since joining the international executive search network IMSA in 2016, Rialto Recruitment said, it has strengthened its cross-border assignments as well. The firm recently completed searches for international clients in the Netherlands, Poland, France and Germany. As part of the IMSA network, Rialto’s reach has expanded to 23 countries over five continents.
“Further regional expansion combined with international cross border search assignments, strengthen our position as a specialized executive search boutique,” said Patrick Van Lijsebetten, CEO Rialto Recruitment.
The firm originated as Atlantae 17 years ago. In 2010, Mr. Van Lijsebetten acquired sole control of the firm. Two years later, Rialto merged with EgeminPlus, a recruitment firm that specialized in engineering talent.
Rialto Recruitment focuses on recruitment for high-level technical roles, such as those involving engineers and scientists. The firm’s name, Rialto, has symbolic meaning beyond its reference to the well-known bridge in Venice. “The company wants to build a bridge between universities of applied sciences, universities and industry on the one hand, employees and employers on the other,” said Mr. Van Lijsebetten. “Furthermore, Rialto strives for a bridging function for the candidates in the development of their professional careers by facilitating their transition to other companies.”
Two years ago, Rialto Recruitment relocated from the Egemin office in Antwerp to the Science Park at the University of Antwerp in Neil. “With our branch in Niel we emphasize our bond as a highly specialized executive-search boutique for technically highly-educated people with the academic institutions,” said Mr. Van Lijsebetten.
As for the East Flanders and West Flanders market, Mr. Van Lijsebetten, said the search for a location is focused mainly on the Ghent or Kortrijk region, “where, not coincidentally, important technological and academic clusters are also having their operations.”
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Later this year, Mr. Van Lijsebetten hopes to establish a presence in Wallonia, the French-speaking region in Belgium. “In line with the company strategy, it seems obvious that the region around Louvain-La-Neuve will be placed on top of the agenda for this,” he said.
Rialto Recruitment’s increase in cross-border assignments with international and corporate multinational clients has also raised the possibilities for international expansion. “Through its own strategy and well-defined focus, Rialto Recruitment has managed to position itself within the executive search market which large internationally-structured clients,” said Mr. Van Lijsebetten.
In July, Rialto obtained the Lloyd’s certified RSS quality certificate from the Federgon professional federation for recruitment, search and selection agencies in Belgium.
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