(June 14, 2021) Signium, one of the world’s leading executive search and leadership consulting partnerships, announces the appointment of Stéphanie Engels and Alexander de Freitas as new co-leaders of the Global Technology Practice.
As a partner at Signum Switzerland, Stéphanie supports companies in finding and hiring the right leaders for the future. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Sciences as well as a PhD in International Relations both from ETH Zürich and an MBA from Oxford University.
Based in Zurich, Stéphanie developed new business models and coached intrapreneurs as well as partner startups. She is experienced in defining new business models with different types of partners (big companies, SMEs and startups) and has co-developed the innovation space Kraftwerk in Zurich with a range of different players.
“When a snake sheds its skin it changes; when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, it transforms. Digitalization is about real transformations and only people with the right combination of skills, personality and leadership styles are capable of such metamorphosis. Finding the talents needed for today’s corporate and entrepreneurial challenges is what we do best at Signium and how we contribute to our clients’ success on a global basis.” said Stéphanie.
Alexander has spent the last decade in China, working within Executive Search for the last seven years. As a Partner based in Shanghai, Alexander has supported his clients, ranging from Fortune 500’s to family-owned enterprises, with leadership solutions and cross-border talent acquisition primarily in the Consumer and Technology sectors.
He studied business at the Gothenburg University of Business, Economics, & Law, and later Chinese at Fudan University. He is a featured speaker on the topic of Digital Talent and other HR topics.
Alexander says “Being of the first digital-native generations I have always seen technological and digital advances as a natural evolution. Adaption of the latest technologies and attracting digital talent is a key success factor for any company that wants to lead in its industry and I look forward to Signium enabling this to its customers around the world.”
Signium is one of the world’s leading executive search and leadership consulting firms with an extensive history dating back to the 1950s with offices in key business cities around the globe. We look beyond the qualifications and background of an individual candidate to consider culture fit and client values, something we call the application of “intelligence and intuition.” With local passion, knowledge, and a partner-led approach, we advise senior business leaders on developing their skills, their people, and their organizations.
Signium was a founding member of the global industry standards body, the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC).