September 19, 2018 – London-headquartered executive search firm SpenglerFox has named a new regional practice group leader for Middle East Africa, family businesses and technology. Based in Dubai, Eva Wuellner will support the firm’s clients in both executive search assignments and human capital services projects, such as leadership development, assessment centers and HR organization, among others.
In her work for multinational enterprises and family groups (Unilever, Amazon, FANUC, Lindab, Wadi Group), Dr. Wuellner has developed broad cultural and professional expertise while working in Germany, Luxembourg, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Egypt and Kuwait, said the firm. She has deep experience in talent, change and performance management and recruitment/talent acquisition.
Dr. Wuellner holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Passau, Germany, and an MBA in general management from the European University of Economics and Management in Luxembourg. She earned a doctorate of business administration from Surrey Business School in the U.K. She is a fellow of the University Forum of Human Resource Development and the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management. Dr. Wuellner speaks German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Portuguese.
“I am thrilled to join a multi-cultural team of executive searchers and HR professionals in a company that is grounded on high ethical values and family spirit with a strong customer-centric approach,” said Dr. Wuellner.
‘A Team of Achievers’
The firm also recently announced the promotion of Ilinca Pacuraru to regional practice group leader, consumer. “We are very proud to see Ilinca joining the consultants’ team,” said Cedric d’Halluin emerging markets director for Middle East Africa, Russia/CIS and Turkey. “Her never-give-up attitude and enthusiasm during the most challenging searches are key to success in the Middle East and Africa region. Our customers need that, and we want to support our customers.”
Ms. Pacuraru said she was excited about her new role. “I am proud to be part of SpenglerFox family, and to work with a team of achievers who continue to deliver excellent results,” she said.
In addition, SpenglerFox announced the promotion of Federica Pisano to regional practice group leader for life sciences. Ms. Pisano, who joined the firm in 2014, has made a significant contribution to the life sciences practice in the Middle East Africa region. Based in Dubai, she now heads the practice in the region.
The firm cited Ms. Pisano’s responsiveness, efficient service to customers and a unique care of candidates. “Federica lives perfectly our “Care” ethics, a value that SpenglerFox made central to differentiate in the executive search industry,” said the firm.
Ms. Pisano praised the SpenglerFox family for their support. “During my short time as a consultant I have already learned so much from them,” she said. “I highly value their trust and continued support, which will be a of great service not only to my success but that of SpenglerFox.”
Earlier this year, the firm named Maciej Kotowicz to serve as country manager for Poland.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce our latest addition to the SpenglerFox Group, Maciej Kotowicz,” said Jens Friedrich, CEO of SpenglerFox. “Maciej will be based in Warsaw, one of our firm’s strategic hub locations and drive further growth in Central Europe as part of our overall business strategy.”
Mr. Kotowicz spent the past 12 years as a partner at Heidrick & Struggles in Poland. His focus has been on executive search and leadership advisory, mainly within the consumer and industrial space in Central and Eastern Europe. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kotowicz gained substantial experience in general management as the managing director of Tate & Lyle as well as in strategic HR as an HR director with Ahold in Poland.
“I am delighted to have joined SpenglerFox during this exciting chapter in the company’s history and bring my experience to grow and develop the business and team in Poland as well as across wider geographies of SpenglerFox,” said Mr. Kotowicz. “To succeed in this industry you have to be a true expert and that is the minimum requirement of our clients. The generalist era is over.”
Founded in 2003, SpenglerFox provides executive search and human resources consultancy services worldwide. The company also offers interim management in both mature and emerging markets, and a dedicated focus on board work for small to mid-sized companies.
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