IRC Global Executive Search Partners’ Geographic Reach Across Six Continents Ensures Unparalleled Global (And Local) Resources for the Acquisition of Exceptional Talent – as Highlighted at the 2012 Conference in Berlin

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Worldwide boutique executive search presence in six continents, 24 new members (total is 42) in just three years, and sharing best practices with global Human Resources (HR) experts all reinforces IRC Global Executive Search Partners’ (IRC) continued ascent to the pinnacle of executive search – showcased at the alliance’s recent global meeting.

“We have made great strides in the past number of years in expanding our presence, and now have geographic coverage that places us firmly in the top 10 global search firm groups,” commented Sylvia MacArthur, president of the Executive Board of IRC, in her opening speech at the alliance’s Annual Global Meeting (AGM) in Berlin on September 27 - 28, 2012. Conference participants included owners, partners and search consultants of search firms from more than 35 countries.

Talent acquisition, development and retention

In a tightly packed two-day program, a major highlight was a panel discussion of best practices around talent acquisition, development and retention, with eight globally experienced HR experts. They included: Christian Iversen, VP & Head of Corporate HR, Bang & Olufsen; Daniela Sfameni, Managing Director & Corporate HR, UBS Bank; Janina Kugel, Global SVP HR, Osram; Kurt Schoenberger, Head of HR Northern Europe, The Walt Disney Company; Morten Linnet, Global HR Director, IC Companys; Jeff Batuhan, Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition, Stryker Corporation; Paul Holloway, Global Talent Acquisition, Nokia; and Marcus Koetting, VP Human Resources, Lear Corporation.

The discussion centered on how innovative global companies are invigorating recruitment and retention strategies to achieve the organization’s business goals. The experts also judged IRC ‘s lively version of ‘Dragons Den’ (a reality television program on which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to secure investment finance). Each IRC ‘team’ made a two-minute pitch, showcasing IRC’s ever-increasing global capabilities. The judges, commenting as global HR professionals, commended the cohesiveness and team spirit of the IRC membership. It is this unique partnership and support on cross-border assignments that ensures clients receive top level, seamless delivery on assignments around the globe.

Harnessing the power of social media

Best Practice sessions included a LinkedIn presentation and Q&A, followed by internal IRC group sessions on content management/strategy, resource management and the importance of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to search companies. The sessions focused on IRC’s expectations for continued global growth. “We realize that by effectively navigating through social media, IRC can harness the medium’s power to seamlessly communicate with our clients, anywhere across the world,” explained Sylvia. “ It is simply another way to enhance our global boutique executive search presence.”

Changes in the Board and Regional & Practice Group

Malcolm Duncan (IRC Australia) is the new President of the IRC Board; Sylvia MacArthur (IRC Canada) remains a Board member. Marco Alemagna (IRC Italy) took over the role of the EMEA Regional Leader from Rolf Nilsen (IRC Norway), while Joseph Hunt (IRC USA – North Carolina) leads the IRC Americas Regional Group. Bernard Vanderlande (IRC USA – Atlanta) co-leads the Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure Practice Group with Konstantin Borisov (IRC Russia). Belinda Burson (IRC USA – Texas) accepted the role of the Professional Services, Public & Non-Profit Sector Practice Group Leader, and Rohan Carr (IRC Australia) leads the new Education Practice Group.

Both Sylvia and Malcolm confirmed IRC 2012 AGM’s success: “The dynamic atmosphere at the 2012 conference, with member firm engagement at an all-time high, shows the commitment that will continue IRC’s ascent to the top of the global executive search industry!”

About IRC Global Executive Search Partners

IRC Global Executive Search Partners is a market leader in the global executive search industry with a track record of more than 25,000 completed assignments for 1,000+ clients in almost every conceivable industry segment and function. Our clients range from large multinationals to middle market companies that enjoy the advantage of working with leading local firms around the globe, providing them access to expert local market knowledge, the agility and commitment of owner operated firms and the global reach of a strong alliance. With a growing roster of leading executive search firms across Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia, IRC Global Executive Search Partners has more than 250 accomplished executive search professionals in 6 continents, 35+ countries, 70+ offices and 42 member firms. Ranked as the world’s 10th largest retained search alliance, IRC Global Executive Search Partners has been providing consistent and high-performance executive search solutions to its clients for the past nineteen years.

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IRC Global Executive Search Partners
Malcolm Duncan
President of IRC Global Executive Search Partners Executive Board
+61 2 9233 3711

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