February 14, 2020 – Madrid-headquartered search firm Talengo has appointed Pedro Irujo as new director of the digital business and technology practice. “With its incorporation, the firm wants to reinforce a critical practice that is experiencing a strong demand and in which it accompanies its clients to successfully translate its digital transformation processes into a leadership key, both in consulting projects and in the search for managers,” Talengo said.
Mr. Irujo is an expert in digital business and technology. He has a long history in strategic and technological consulting, business transformation and corporate innovation. Mr. Irujo began his professional career in the telecom and media sector at PwC and later EY. In 2005 he joined NEORIS (Cemex Group), where he held different management positions including vice president for EMEA. Mr. Irujo was a founding member and advisor of Cemex Ventures, a corporate venture capital and open innovation company of the group, focused on investment in disruptive start-ups.
“Adaptation to the new economy is a process in which all the big companies are immersed but not always successfully,” Talengo said. “One of the points of friction is the need to focus the transformation strategy appropriately and have the leaders who know how to direct this process and align their team. Talengo has its own transformation model that has been successfully implemented in numerous companies and is also one of the main references in the market in search of senior management.”
In recent months, Talengo has experienced a wave of growth. Recently, the firm created its own digital solution to develop mentoring programs. The firm said it is the first consulting firm in Spain to have an internal development tool to manage these types of programs. Mentoring projects are one of the most successful instruments for the development of internal talent in that they allow the leaders of organizations to transmit their knowledge directly and support the career of other professionals. Talengo has developed mentoring programs of high potentials, to accompany the succession plans, to accompany the managerial career of women and generations.
“In a market as dynamic as the current one, in which customers demand increasingly agile and innovative solutions, the traditional separation between content and technology providers in the field of mentoring programs was a brake on their growth,” said Mayte Martínez, partner and CEO of Talengo. “Talengo detected this demand and that is why we are committed to the development of Konos as one of the priorities of the strong investment process that we are carrying out.”
Talengo also 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.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media