December 11, 2018 – Executive search consortium Signium has 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.
“We are incredibly proud of the speed with which our São Paulo office has grown from a start-up two years ago to a successful six partner firm.”
The Brazilian Signium team has hired, trained and managed search groups; won numerous search assignments; and engaged C-suite executives via leveraging its extensive network across multiple industry sectors.
Brazil is the largest national economy in Latin America, the world’s eighth largest economy at market exchange rates and the seventh largest in purchasing power parity, according to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. It has a mixed economy with abundant natural resources and is projected to become one of the five largest in the world in the decades to come.
Data suggests that the economy in Brazil has turned a corner, after its GDP contracted sharply in 2016. The manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index recorded the best result in over two years in March and both business and consumer confidence rested at multi-year highs. In addition, the country logged a record $7.1 billion trade surplus in March, aided by strengthening commodity prices.
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.
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:
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 it opened a new office in Seoul, South Korea. The office 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