Signium Names Life Sciences Practice Group Leader

December 20, 2018 – Executive search consortium Signium has appointed Consuelo Pizzo, director in Signium Italy’s Milan office, as life sciences global practice leader.

Ms. Pizzo takes over from Signium Germany’s Angela Westdorf, who co-founded the practice in 2008 and took on sole leadership of it in 2013.

Ms. Westdorf will continue as a Signium board member, and as part of this role will serve as coach and mentor across all practice groups. “Angela and her success in building it over the years has been truly outstanding,” Signium said in a statement. “Angela was instrumental in Signium being appointed to global frame agreements with industry leading clients, and she has led the practice with infectious enthusiasm and incredible tenacity.”

Since joining Signium two years ago, Ms. Pizzo has been an active member of the life sciences practice. She is a philosophy graduate and developed her career in pharmaceutical consultancy before joining Korn Ferry, where she spent five years. She then joined Transearch, where she worked for almost five years as a partner and ultimately led the firm’s global life sciences practice.

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:

Signium just 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.

In addition, the organization opened a new office in Seoul, South Korea. The location provides search and leadership consulting services for Korean local conglomerate and multinational corporations. Mann-Hyun Han was named managing partner of Signium Korea. 

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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