July 29, 2020 – The ExeQfind Group, based in Atlanta and The QualiFind Group, based in San Diego, have recently merged DRH–Talent Search, a retained executive search firm located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, into its search and recruitment platform serving the Americas.
Hamilton Teixeira, an accomplished retained executive search and marketing-oriented executive leader, owned and led the Brazilian firm for over 18 years.
The ExeQfind Group, The QualiFind Group and DRH–Talent Search are long-term members of IRC Global Executive Search Partners, a global alliance of retained executive search and recruitment firms. They cited their extensive service to multinational and SMEs as benefiting from their cross-border networks. ExeQfind and DRH-Talent Search principals served on IRC’s board of directors. Both Warren Carter, senior managing partner of The ExeQfind Group, and Mr. Teixeira cited the value their practices gained through their strategic and collegial partnership with IRC.
Carlos Acosta, senior managing partner of The QualiFind Group, The ExeQfind Group’s sister practice, had s history of cross-border collaboration with DRH-Talent Search that pre-dated the 2011 merger of his firm BPS International with The QualiFind Group. Mr. Acosta and Mr. Teixeira had both served U.S.-based industrial clients with manufacturing, sales and distribution operations in Mexico and Brazil.
A Natural Step
“This merger is the culmination of several years of partnering in support of client search assignments plus mine and Hamilton’s joint roles on the IRC board,” said Mr. Carter. “We earned each other’s trust and gained a deeper understanding of the cultures at play in each of our countries. Given the strong trade and cultural ties between the U.S. and Brazil plus our existing footprint in both the U.S. and Mexico, it was just a natural next step that we combine forces.”
Mr. Teixeira was also enthusiastic about the merger. “After 20 years in executive search and 13 of those with IRC, I am enthusiastic about the synergies we are capitalizing on in this merger,” he said. “Both ExeQfind and QualiFind are well positioned to provide a more integrated service to our clients across the Americas. This is a natural move for me. It’s not just the personal and professional relationship that I have with Warren and Carlos but also the strong business ties between the U.S. and Brazil. We look forward to providing a seamless and superior service securing high performing talent for our clients in the region.”
Mr. Acosta further lauded the merger. “The inter-country trade and business ties between North America and Brazil are especially strong in the industrial and agribusiness sectors where we have expertise in both executive search as well as professional recruitment,” he said. “I’m very excited about this opportunity to unite our brands and our collective expertise between the U.S. and Latin America’s largest economies. We couldn’t have predicted the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s given us an opportunity to enhance our capabilities to be even better prepared to serve our clients than ever before.”
ExeQfind, which has an established footprint across the Americas of more than 20 years, is a retained executive search firm serving client organizations and their need for mid-management to executive leadership talent throughout the Americas and globally through IRC Global Executive Search Partners. ExeQfind has placed leadership talent in a range of organizations serving agribusiness, consumer products, industrial and professional services. The firm has consultants and offices throughout the U.S., Mexico and Brazil.
QualiFind serves client organizations and their need for specialists, professionals and managerial talent throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Founded in 1999, QualiFind is an accomplished recruiting firm with a broad range of recruiting and advisory support capabilities to include project recruitment, topgrading, operational startups, expansions and turnarounds. QualiFind has a diverse team of research and recruitment staff throughout the U.S., Mexico and Brazil that are well positioned to support client hiring.
ExeQfind and QualiFind are both Forbes-ranked search practices with ExeQfind serving the mid-management to executive-level talent market while QualiFind serves the specialist to professional-level segments. Both practices have consultants with expertise in the agribusiness, food processing, industrial, FMCG, NGO and professional service sectors.
Mr. Carter leads The ExeQfind Group’s retained executive search practice from its offices in Atlanta and San Diego. He brings more than 22 years of progressively responsible experience in search within agribusiness, industrial / manufacturing / maquiladora and professional services.
Mr. Acosta leverages more than 20 years of experience recruiting within the U.S. and Mexico as the leader of our technical and professional recruitment practice.
Mr. Teixeira previously held executive roles with multinational organizations like Kellogg, Bausch & Lomb, Timex, Tropicana Juices and Rayovac within Brazil and other Latin American countries. In various roles such as CEO and executive vice president, he built management teams, turned around operations and started new businesses throughout the region.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media