Talentor International Adds TurningPoint Executive Search to Network

October 17, 2019 – Executive search consortium Talentor International has expanded its presence with the addition of TurningPoint Executive Search in San Diego, CA.

TurningPoint Executive Search offers a comprehensive approach to placing mid- and senior-level sales, marketing, operations and executive leadership talent throughout Southern California, the U.S. and internationally. The firm has placed over 400 high performing professionals by partnering with companies of all sizes, structures and industries.

“I feel so honored to be invited by the executive team to join the Talentor network,” said Ken Schmitt, founder and CEO of TurningPoint. “Having already interacted with search firms from nearly 20 countries around the world, I have been incredibly impressed by the caliber and extensive experience we now have access to. Many of our clients have international operations and our new affiliation with Talentor will be a huge asset and resource for them.”

Mr. Schmitt founded TurningPoint Executive Search in 2007. Since then, the firm has placed senior executive in tech, software, manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, professional and financial services, healthcare, life sciences and hospitality. TurningPoint places talent in a variety of business structures including privately held, venture backed start-up, private equity owned, early stage and mature, family-owned businesses.

Founded in 2003, Talentor’s client base spans a range of sectors including digital, IT, medtech, fintech, financial services and consumer goods. The organization focuses on executive search on an international level, leveraging the local know-how of its partners.

New Additions

Recently, the consortium added Anakin Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd as a new member firm in Mumbai, India. Anakin is a boutique search firm, in the business of recruitment and selections. It provides end-to-end services across the business value chain, ensuring tangible results. The firm employs 20 search professionals. Since its inception in 2009, Anakin has placed over 200 professionals across industries such as telecom, consumer, retail, engineering, pharma and large corporates, to name a few.

Talentor also added two new managing directors, Barbara Ulman and Thomas Zembacher, to expand Talentor Austria. Ms. Ulman was most recently managing director of a recruitment consulting agency active in 28 European countries and the Middle East. She has 15 years of experience in executive search, both domestic and abroad. As managing director, Ms. Ulman’s focus includes the construction, building supply and automotive industries along with the public sector and NGOs.


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Mr. Zembacher is responsible for executive search in the life science, healthcare, pharmaceutical and publishing sectors, along with select branches of industry. He has strong experience in management in digital product development, sales and change management. Most recently he was CEO of one of a large business-to-business media company.

The consortium also recently added Talentor Singapore into its network. “The employment agency market in Singapore is very competitive,” said managing partner Vijay Ryan. “Therefore, we are open to all profiles, but our forte is the healthcare industry and we are also specialized in the engineering and construction sectors. IT is an up-and-coming specialty for us. Our top clients include hospitals, nursing homes, engineering companies, and schools.”

Foreign companies tend to be pleasantly surprised when dealing with recruiting specialists in Singapore, said Mr. Ryan. “The employment agency market is very highly regulated,” he said. “Each employee must be trained and approved, and the ethics rules are very clearly laid out.”

Singaporean agencies tend to be highly experienced and well connected throughout the region, he added. “The strong currency means that citizens from surrounding countries are eager to work in Singapore,” said Mr. Ryan. “That is why we are so well connected with agencies in neighboring countries.”

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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