TRANSEARCH Expands Into Switzerland

October 26, 2018 – TRANSEARCH International has expanded into Switzerland with the addition of Nordwand Group AG.

The team in Zürich is headed by Danny Hiscott and Martin Honegger.

Nordwand Group is a managed specialist in professional search and interim management. The firm offers consultancy and coaching to senior candidates looking for a new career.

They are an international team of highly experienced senior search and interim management professionals with over 50 years of experience.

Mr. Hiscott is a search professional with 23 years’ experience, focusing on life sciences, industrial products, professional services, consumer products and mining and commodities. He is a Swiss, British and Irish national, a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a business administration graduate from Nottingham Trent University.

Mr. Honegger has 17 years’ experience in the search and selection industry. He specializes in food and beverages, energy, consulting and technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sales and marketing and a post-graduate qualification in digital marketing.

“Martin and I are delighted to be joining the TRANSEARCH community,” Mr. Hiscott said. “We are certain our clients will benefit from the seamless global delivery and best practices of TRANSEARCH and look forward to contributing further to the success.”

Effective Location

“Ranking top of the global innovation index and home to over 1,000 multinationals’ regional or global headquarters, Switzerland is an attractive and effective location to do business,” he said. “With its stable, export-led economy driven by highly developed services and manufacturing sectors, Switzerland has a continuous need for the very best executive level talent.”

Celeste Whatley, CEO of TRANSEARCH, called Switzerland one of the most competitive countries in the world with an open, successful economy. “There is a constant war for talent due to the desirability of working and living in Switzerland,” she said. “With a large proportion of our multinational clients headquartered in Switzerland, we are very excited to welcome Danny Hiscott and Martin Honegger and their team on board. Danny and Martin have headed up successful human resources consulting businesses in the past and have a deep knowledge of building leadership teams in complex multi-cultural environments.”

TRANSEARCH is a global search firm with representation in all of the major economic capitals, with about 60 offices in over 35 countries. It was founded in 1982 and today completes more than 1,500 senior executive search assignments a year. Its global client base is in the financial services, technology, consumer & retail, life sciences and industrial and resources sectors.

Swiss Market

Switzerland has a stable, prosperous and high-tech economy and in multiple rankings is listed as the wealthiest country in the world per capita. It is home to several large multinational corporations, which has helped make it an attractive area for search firms to expand. Here is a sampling of recruiting firms who have expanded in Switzerland from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

The RSA Group, which is based in London, has increased its commitment to serving clients in Switzerland. Thomas Schleimer, a partner at the RSA Group with extensive international search and healthcare experience, will now also be working from the firm’s Basel office as the search firm expands in the EMEA region.

Pedersen & Partners has opened an office in Zürich and named Thomas Heeger as the country manager for Switzerland. Mr. Heeger has been working in executive search since 2009. He was previously the managing partner for Switzerland for boutique firm DELTACON Executive Search & Recruiting.

Paris-based recruitment firm GenSearch has opened a new office in Basel, Switzerland and named Heiko Bruhn as managing director. He brings over two decades of experience in the life science industry with a strong focus on the biotech and pharma industries. Life sciences is strongly represented in Switzerland. 

Coulter Partners opened an office in Zurich and tapped Phillipp Buis as executive director. Mr. Buis joined the Swiss based team to focus on international search work across a broad spectrum of scientific and commercial functions in the pharmaceuticals, med tech and biotech sectors, with an emphasis on discovery, global clinical development and medical affairs. 

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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