Navigating Transformative Changes: A Global Perspective

Navigating Transformative Changes in Executive Search: Insights from the IESF Conference 2024 Lozanne Switzerland.

Navigating Transformative Changes in Executive Search: Insights from the IESF Conference 2024 Lozanne Switzerland.

Navigating Transformative Changes in Executive Search: Insights from the IESF Conference 2024 Lozanne Switzerland.

Navigating Transformative Changes in Executive Search. The Executive Search industry, often regarded as a barometer for economic trends and corporate health, gathered for the annual regional conference organized by the International Executive Search Federation (IESF) on April 3rd, 2024.

We thank our Partner from Switzerland, Vincenzo Ganci, and his team who were responsible for organizing the conference and tasting of Switzerland Culture.

Representatives from various European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Poland, Romania, Hungary, England, and Switzerland, along with guests from Canada, Panama, South Africa, and Israel gathered together to discuss current affairs, forecast trends, and explore innovative strategies for navigating the ever-changing landscape.

Record-breaking Revenues and Adaptive Strategies

The conference commenced with a reflection on the remarkable performance of the executive search industry in recent years. Record-breaking revenues in 2022 and the first half of 2023 underscored the resilience and adaptability of firms within the sector. Despite facing challenges such as high-profile layoffs and workforce reductions across various sectors, the industry swiftly adapted to economic shifts and changing business conditions.

Global Economic Outlook

Insights into the global economic outlook provided a context for discussions on industry strategies. Projections indicated a moderate slowdown in global GDP growth, with Asia expected to drive the bulk of growth from 2023 to 2025. Inflation expectations were forecasted to decline gradually, while regional growth trends varied, with the Euro area and the United States experiencing subdued growth compared to Asia.

European Market Dynamics

European markets, characterized by modest growth, faced challenges such as fiscal tightening and geopolitical tensions. Labour market tightness posed constraints on investments, while geopolitical conflicts influenced international trade and economic decisions. Despite these headwinds, the European recruitment landscape was undergoing transformative changes driven by innovation and shifting workforce dynamics.

Insights from the United Kingdom

Matt Hogg from Wallace Hind Selection in the United Kingdom provided valuable insights into the UK’s labour market dynamics. The ongoing rebalancing of labour demand and supply, coupled with the impact of GenAI on job growth, highlighted the need for firms to adopt agile HR practices. With candidates retaining leverage over pay and conditions, flexibility emerged as a crucial factor in attracting and retaining talent.

AI in Executive Search

The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in executive search emerged as a key topic of discussion. AI technologies offered opportunities to streamline processes, improve candidate sourcing, and provide deeper insights into candidates’ fit for leadership roles. However, concerns regarding the ethical and legal implications of AI usage underscored the need for responsible implementation and transparency in decision-making processes. Bibbi Boas Bondensen,  Kirsten Hummel-van de Groep

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Strategy

The IESF’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) was highlighted as a core value shaping its organizational culture and strategic direction. This topis was refered by our Partner Adelina Rosca from Romania By prioritizing diversity and inclusion, the federation aimed to enhance innovation, performance, and talent attraction and retention. Leveraging its global network, the IESF sought to source diverse talent worldwide to enrich leadership teams with varied experiences and perspectives.

One particularly intriguing aspect of our DE&I strategy stems from our partnership with a leading firm in Switzerland, renowned for its specialization in recruiting women for executive positions. This partnership has led to the development of a unique methodology aimed at identifying women who are exceptionally well-suited to assume leadership roles within organizations.

The innovative approach focuses on not only recognizing the qualifications and capabilities of female candidates but also understanding their readiness and potential to excel in leadership positions. By leveraging this methodology, our partners in Switzerland are pioneering efforts to address the gender gap in corporate leadership, fostering a more inclusive and equitable business environment.

This initiative aligns seamlessly with the overarching goals of the International Executive Search Federation (IESF) to promote diversity and inclusion on a global scale. Through collaborative efforts and strategic partnerships, we aim to empower women and underrepresented groups, driving positive change and creating leadership teams that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

By embracing diversity in all its forms and championing inclusivity, we not only enrich our organizations with varied perspectives and experiences but also foster environments where all individuals can thrive and contribute their fullest potential. Together with our partners worldwide, we are committed to building a future where diversity and inclusion are not only celebrated but also integral to organizational success.

Luxary Industry is always growing

We have had the grate pleasure of welcoming Frederic Chardot (Chief Human Resources Officer, Audemars Piguet) as a guest speaker to the luxury industry and the typical Swiss watch industry. The luxury industry is experiencing tremendous growth at the present time and is recording very good business results, but is also struggling to find talent in key areas. Frederic Chardot presentation gave us a better understanding of the watch industry and gave us an even better understanding of Swiss culture.


As the Executive Search industry navigates transformative changes and global economic uncertainties, collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion emerge as essential pillars of success. The insights shared at the regional conference underscored the industry’s resilience and capacity to adapt to evolving realities, paving the way for sustainable growth and excellence in talent acquisition and leadership development.

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