Signium Expands in Sweden

February 12, 2019 – In an effort to further strengthen its capabilities in the Nordic region, executive search consortium Signium has expanded in Sweden with the addition ofJ 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. His experience includes business development, working with start-ups in early phase and entering new markets with premium brands. He works with clients from around the world.

Mr. Eng, active in the recruitment and executive search industry since 2008, has placed numerous executives, mainly within the private sector. He works with executive search and assessments with a focus on industry, automotive, process, medtech and FMCG. Mr. Eng runs executive-level recruitments in several industries both in Sweden and internationally.

Sweden is the 16th-richest country in terms of gross domestic product per capita. The service industry accounts for about 85 percent of jobs in the area. The near total absence of heavy industry (and fossil fuel power plants) makes Stockholm one of the world’s cleanest cities. The last decade has seen a significant number of jobs created in high technology companies there. Large employers include IBM, Ericsson, and Electrolux. Stockholm is Sweden’s financial center. Major Swedish banks, such as Nordea, Swedbank, Handelsbanken and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, are headquartered there, as are the major insurance companies Skandia, Folksam and Trygg-Hansa.

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

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, Signium 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. 

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…”

In May, Signium 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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