February 9, 2018 – Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet the demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters and open new locations.
Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas.
Signium, for one example, is continuing to expand with the recent addition of Emeric Lepoutre & Partners as a partner in Paris.
The firm’s Emeric Lepoutre, Béatrice Follea and Sylvie Maillot were all partners with Heidrick & Struggles in France 15 years ago. After taking different routes (respectively at Spencer Stuart, Signium and Eric Salmon), all three re-joined to create Emeric Lepoutre & Partners in 2015. Ms. Follea focuses on industrial and healthcare, Ms. Maillot on FMCG, retail and luxury goods, and Mr. Lepoutre on CEO searches and board assessments.
“We are very excited to have Emeric join Signium in Paris,” said Alastair Paton, Signium vice chairman and partner in Signium United Kingdom. “His reputation as a trusted advisor at the most senior levels in French business is outstanding. We look forward to working with Emeric and the Signium team in Paris as they continue to build the business in one of our most important markets.”
Signium said it is happy to enhance its presence in France through this team of senior consultants focusing on executive search and board assessments.
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The economy of Paris today is based largely on services and commerce. Of the 390,480 enterprises in the city, some 80 percent are engaged in commerce, transportation, and diverse services, 6.5 percent in construction, and just 3.8 percent in industry.
Signium has 45 offices in 30 countries serving clients in the Americas, Europe/ Middle East/ Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions. The firm delivers talent acquisition and management solutions for global companies across industry sectors, including consumer goods, financial services, technology, industrial, life sciences and professional services.
Signium has been expanding in other regions around the globe as well. Here’s a look at the firm’s most recent movement from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
In December, it opened a new office in Seoul, South Korea. The office will provide search and leadership consulting services for Korean local conglomerate and multinational corporations. Mann-Hyun Han has been named managing partner of Signium Korea. Prior to joining Signium, Mr. Mann-Hyun has over 20 years of consulting experience in Korea and the U.S.
In September, Signium added partners Felipa Xara-Brasil and Joana Proença de Carvalho in Portugal and Alberto Chico in Spain. Ms. Xara-Brasil was one of the founders of Heidrick & Struggles in Portugal. Ms. Proença was partner at Fesa, an executive search firm in Brazil.
In July, Signium U.K. named Andrew Dawson as director of its industrial practice, Paul Surridge as global head of leadership consulting, and Dominique Graham as global head of legal and professional services. Mr. Dawson was previously a key member of Hoggett Bowers’ senior leadership team and a former head of its industrial practice.
In June, Signium U.K. named Paul Surridge as global head of leadership consulting and Dominique Graham global head of legal and professional services. Mr. Surridge is an experienced management consultant, specializing in talent and transformation. He has worked with a wide range of FTSE 100/ 250 and Fortune 500 organizations in many industries.
At the beginning of the year, the firm added Johannesburg, South Africa-based Talent Africa, which became part of Signium’s EMEA regional offering and membership. “Talent Africa’s membership will add a significant footprint in sub-Saharan Africa for Signium,” said Ignacio Bao, chairman of recruitment firm.
Signium also recently opened an office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Led by Rubén Heinemann, Signium Argentina serves a number of industries, including industrial, financial, business & professional services, as well as oil & gas throughout Argentina. Mr. Heinemann has over 30 years of cumulative C-suite and executive recruiting experience in the Argentine market.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media