November 10, 2015 – Executive search firm Webber Kerr Associates has named Victoria Leonard as a senior consultant in its London office. She will help contribute to the firm’s growing engagements in Western Europe within the engineering and manufacturing sectors, in addition to helping with the firm’s overall strategic direction.
Ms. Leonard has more than 18 years of recruitment experience, including 10 years working for global companies in both regional and business line talent acquisition leadership roles.
She comes to the firm from AECOM where she was head of talent acquisition for the end-markets group and the global talent acquisition leader for Buildings + Places, where she led the global key hire program and managed executive recruitment. Ms. Leonard previously served in multiple roles for Honeywell, in both staffing and service, and has additionally held positions, including partner, of Australian based search firms.
“Vicky will be an instrumental part of our global strategy to remain progressive by providing high-quality, efficient options to our clients,” said Adam Lloyd, Webber Kerr president. “She brings valuable insight in terms of defining fresh value and will also be an asset to our engineering and manufacturing sectors, with her direct industry expertise.”
Speaking on the decision to grow in the U.K. market, Mr. Lloyd said that Ms. Leonard is seeing stability in the market and therefore is forecasting further growth across the industry sectors in which the firm concentrates.
“Yes, London will be a hub for us, but we are viewing Western Europe as a region of opportunity in manufacturing, construction & engineering, and automotive,” said Ms. Leonard. The automotive industry, she said, is gaining strength, specifically in Germany and the U.K., due to lower interest rates and available financing. “We anticipate steady manufacturing growth, in addition to construction engineering growth, heavily influenced by energy,” said Mr. Lloyd.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media