Signium Adds New Board Members

May 1, 2019 – Executive search consortium Signium has elected Peter de Jong based in Amsterdam and Felipe Rivelles in Mexico City as new members of its board of directors. Mr. de Jong has been appointed as vice president of marketing while Mr. Rivelles becomes vice president for the Americas region

“Signium is building on its long experience in the industry to create a modern, global, client-focused business,” said Alastair Paton, chairman of Signium. “Key to our future success will be strengthening the Signium brand worldwide and growth in the Americas, particularly in the U.S. The appointments of Peter and Felipe will strengthen the board, providing focus and leadership in these two critical areas.”

Mr. de Jong has been active in executive search since 2000 and joined Signium in 2014. He has served on the board of directors at Stanton Chase for five years. Earlier in his career, Mr. de Jong worked at Unilever and Nestle in general management, marketing, and commercial roles. In his new role as VP of marketing, Mr. de Jong will focus on brand strategy and marketing communications.

“I am thrilled to serve on the global board of Signium and feel privileged to serve the international partnership and will give my very best to contribute to the on-going growth of Signium,” said Mr. de Jong.

Mr. Rivelles has been involved in executive search since 2007 and joined Signium in 2017. He has an extensive background in business and marketing for major world brands including the Kellogg Co., Campbell Soup Co., and Grupo Bimbo. In his new position, Mr. Rivelles will create a realistic growth plan that will include business development in the key Americas region.

“I am excited and honored to have received Signium’s support for implementing its strategy to strengthen the Signium brand and growth in the Americas,” said Mr. Rivelles.

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.

Global Growth

These appointments come at an important time as the organization has been expanding to various regions around the globe. Here’s a look at the firm’s most recent changes, from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

In an effort to further strengthen its capabilities in the Nordic region, executive search consortium Signium has expanded in Sweden with the addition of J Eng Consulting. Founder Johannes Eng joins Signium as a partner. Mr. Eng has more than 15 years of experience in staff-leading positions and as a board director.

Signium also appointed Consuelo Pizzo, director in Signium Italy’s Milan office, as life sciences global practice leader. Since joining Signium two years ago, Ms. Pizzo has been an active member of the life sciences practice. Ms. Pizzo takes over from Signium Germany’s Angela Westdorf.

Signium opened a new office in Rio de Janeiro. It becomes the organization’s second office in the region, joining its location in São Paulo. “It was a great experience to be in Brazil at an exciting time as their national election concluded,” said Alastair Paton, chairman. 

Just recently, Signium Africa partnered with Riverwaves, a provider of optimization of “people capability” through the customization of competency-driven HR models. Following in-depth exposure to Riverwaves’ intellectual property and proprietary modeling tools, “Signium Africa is positioned to apply its partner’s globally…”

Signium also named Annelize van Rensburg as leader of its global consumer goods and services practice. “Ms. van Rensburg is fulfilling a critical role as successful practice groups are a key part of Signium’s strategy and consumer goods and services accounts,” said the firm.

Signium also added 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.

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

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