September 29, 2022 – ZRG Partners has opened a new office in Munich and named Ralph von Pallandt as managing director to spearhead a new location. He also furthers the firm’s reach into Germany and Europe. “With his great success as a CHRO across multiple countries for General Motors and SVP for Allianz in Europe and the U.S., Ralph brings a unique perspective to his search practice,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “As he joins a growing team of search consultants in Germany, we are excited for him to establish the Munich office and look forward to his successful engagements to come across Europe and beyond.”
Mr. von Pallandt has previously worked in Germany, the U.K., and the U.S. Before joining ZRG, he founded Pallandt & CIE – Holding, a boutique executive search company where he also served as managing director. Earlier, he served as executive director, Russell Reynolds Associates; senior vice president, Allianz SE; managing director and CHRO for Allianz Real Estate; and CHRO for all European national sales companies of General Motors (27 European countries in total). His business expertise spans operations, management, sales, human resources, real estate, and government relations.
Mr. von Pallandt joins ZRG’s global industrial and financial services practices and will also lend his insights to CHRO search engagements. “I was first drawn to the firm by the collaborative approach to every search and advisory engagement,” said Mr. von Pallandt. “When I look at ZRG, I see a fast-growing firm and team with a global network and diligent work ethic, which I share.”
ZRG, founded in 1999, is a progressive mid-sized global executive search firm. With the financial backing of private equity investor RFE Investment Partners, ZRG is among the fastest growing firms in the search industry. It provides a full suite of executive, middle-management, and customized search solutions through its offices in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. The firm finds leaders across a broad spectrum of business markets, including aerospace, consumer, education, healthcare services and solutions, industrial, life sciences, non-profit, private equity and venture capital, and technology.
This spring, ZRG acquired Terra Search Partners, an executive search firm exclusive to the real estate industry. “The team at Terra Search is a great addition to our real estate practice,” said Mr. Hartmann. “Our data-driven approach to talent plus their deep expertise in the real estate sector is a boon for our clients across the globe. Real estate expertise is required in all sectors of the economy and all functional skillsets are required within the real estate industry, which is ideally suited for ZRG’s cross-sector, interdisciplinary approach to human capital.”
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Since 2006, Terra Search has advised real estate businesses throughout the U.S. on positive transformation through human capital. “We’re looking forward to joining the ZRG family, and I am excited to partner with Kevin Jones to lead the ZRG real estate practice,” said Matt Slepin, founder of Terra Search. “Real estate has become increasingly institutional where human capital is at a premium, and the power of the ZRG model can make a significant impact on the business. We are thrilled to be able to leverage the breadth of the ZRG platform to grow our practice.”
In April, ZRG acquired RoseRyan Inc., a Silicon Valley-based provider of finance and accounting consulting solutions. “The nature of the workforce has evolved and having even greater bandwidth in the finance and accounting consulting sector through RoseRyan is fantastic,” said Mr. Hartmann. “This complements our current interim team, led by Mark Viner, and also adds important consulting capability to allow us to service a wide range of clients, who need support in accounting and HR.”
Since 1993, Campbell, CA-based RoseRyan has engaged over 1,000 clients on projects including outsourced accounting for start-ups, corporate governance, interim solutions, and strategic projects such as IPO readiness, SEC reporting, financial planning and modeling, technical accounting, audit support and mergers and acquisitions. The addition substantially expands ZRG’s consulting capabilities, adding to the firm’s West Coast presence and breadth of solutions for their clients.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media