Signium Names Leader of Global Technology Practice

September 3, 2019 – Executive search consortium Signium has strengthened its staff with the addition of Marcelo Apovian as the leader of the global technology practice. He is based in São Paulo, Brazil.

Previously, Mr. Apovian was a partner with Odgers Berndtson. Prior to entering the executive search sector, Mr. Apovian worked for multinational companies including Lucent Technologies and Avaya. As a former professional skier, he was the board chairman of the Brazilian Snow Sports Federation (CBDN) and is a motivational speaker.

In his role with Signium, Mr. Apovian will focus on assignments across a broad range of sectors including the digital, technology, consumer, board services and leadership consulting fields. He is certified in executive coaching and a member of IBGC (Brazilian Corporate Governance Institute).

“I have been working with technology and digital since the beginning of my career and I find it the most dynamic and interesting environment to be part of,” said Mr. Apovian. “It is such important industry in our world and its influence will continue to grow into the next generation.”

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

In recent months, 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:

Signium recently added Discovery Search Partners in Atlanta as its newest member firm. Located in Atlanta, Boston, the Philadelphia area and Virginia, Discovery Search Partners boosts Signium’s executive search and leadership presence in the life sciences sector. 

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.

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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