Talengo Launches Venture Capital Service; Elects President of Advisory Board

August 9, 2019 – Madrid-headquartered executive search firm Talengo has launched a line of services specializing in venture capital funds whose objective is “to help this sector to face the challenges posed by the need to focus on the talent of the management teams of your companies,” the firm notes.

Talengo’s offer includes services that cover the three fundamental phases of the investment process: due diligence, financial post-closure and portfolio management.

Rafael Sarandeses, director of the practice of financial services in Talengo, who has 15 years of experience as an investment banker and entrepreneur in capital markets, corporate finance and venture capital in Europe and Africa, explains that “in markets increasingly competitive, and with more and more immediate and transparent information, having the right talent at the right time is already a critical factor in the financial results of the investees.”

Talengo has two decades of experience in leadership consultancy, executive search and board advisory services across Europe and the Americas, with offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Bogotá and Mexico City. The firm chairs the Global Community for Leaders network which has representation in the U.K., France, Geneva, Denmark, Dubai and Brazil.

Talengo recently elected Pedro Morenés, minister of defense from 2011 to 2016, and Ambassador of Spain in the United States during 2017 and 2018, to presidency of the advisory board. The firm says that the incorporation of Mr. Morenés will allow to give global answers to the international strategies, starting from a detailed knowledge of all the local markets in which it operates.

Recent Growth

In recent months, Talengo has experienced a wave of growth. Just recently, it appointed Juan Diego Casas as director and leader of its life sciences practice. Mr. Casas has over 15 years experience at multinational firms, working on executive search projects, attraction, retention and talent management solutions. She previously served as an operations director with ManpowerGroup Solutions.

Talengo also recently named Rafael Sarandeses as principal and practice lead for financial services. At a time in which the financial services sector is undergoing a strong transformation at an international level, Mr. Sarandeses brings to Talengo’s financial services practice a deep understanding of the industry based on his career experience as a banker, entrepreneur and executive coach, said the firm. Mr. Sarandeses has a combined 20-year multicultural record as a professional athlete, investment banker and entrepreneur.

In addition, Talengo added Víctor García Poves as a new manager in the area of digital transformation. Previously, Mr. García Poves held various HR positions with Key Talent. Earlier in his career, he was a senior HR manager with Burger King Corp.


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Talengo also recently hired economist Borja Arrieta as director of the firm. He has extensive experience with more than 25 years in the design and implementation of succession plans, leadership models and digital transformation, especially in the sectors of industry, consumer and energy. Mr. Arrieta focuses on leadership consulting and reinforcing the strong growth that the firm is experiencing both in the national and international market, said the firm.

Further, Gema Gómez joined Talengo as the new manager of the leadership consulting area. Her expertise in technological solutions associated with the management and development of personnel, brings extensive experience in the design and implementation of talent programs and managerial skills and development of new skills in a changing environment.

Lastly, Talengo appointed Mayte Martínez as managing director. She will drive the firm’s growth strategy both in Spain and internationally. Ms. Martínez joined the firm in 2001 as marketing and communications director. In 2005, she redesigned the methodologies and operating system of the firm’s services to achieve the ISO 9001 Certificate. In 2009, she took on a new role as organization and media director with responsibilities in the marketing and communications, human resources, finance and external alliance divisions. In addition, Ms. Martínez took part in setting up Talengo’s offices in Colombia and Mexico as well as in the rebranding from Norman Broadbent to Talengo.

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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