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Executive search firm Hightech Partners embraces digital transformation, welcomes 5 new Partners

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December 12, 2017 Brussels, Belgium – Hightech Partners (HTP) announces the appointment of five new partners to the firm: Eric Lonbois and Marc Verbruggen in Brussels, Stefano Tresca in London, Pierfilippo Roggero in Milan, and Bernard De Groeve who will be based in Brussels and build HTP’s new Leadership Consulting for technology transformation projects. The announcement follows a transformation of the executive search firm that involved engaging the newest technologies in executive search and a complete rebranding. Hightech Partners’ efforts paid off: 2017 was a record-setting year for the firm in which they experienced over 30% growth and welcome 5 new partners and 10 new clients. 

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AESC Welcomes Hightech Partners Into Its Global Membership Of Leading Executive Search And Talent Advisory Firms

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The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), the global professional association representing excellence in executive search and leadership advisory solutions, announces today the approval of Hightech Partners into its global membership. Their acceptance follows extensive vetting, including reference checks, site visits, votes by AESC regional councils, and commitment to the AESC Code of Professional Practice.

 

Hightech Partners is based in Brussels, Belgium and was established in 1985. Hightech Partners is a pan-European executive search and management consulting firm focusing on digital talent. As such, Hightech Partners has played a unique role in helping to shape the European Technology industry and is well positioned to support other industries in digital transformation by connecting companies to transformational, tech savvy leaders. Hightech Partners is a co-founder and shareholder of the ITP Worldwide network, which was established in the United States in 1993 and is active in Asia, Europe and North America.

 

Raffaele Jacovelli and Bert Vermeiren, Managing Directors comment: “We are very proud to join AESC, which represents the global leaders in talent management. We see this as a recognition of decades of close partnerships with our European clients and our efforts to deliver value-added talent advice and executive search services that help them seize business opportunities in the fast-moving digital world. At this occasion we also want to thank our Founding Partner Etienne Reeners for the continued support and our team of assistants, consultants and partners that make it happen every day.”

 

About the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants

AESC is the voice of excellence for the executive search and leadership consulting profession worldwide. Its rigorous Code of Professional Practice guides our members in nearly 1,300 offices in 74 countries and beyond to serve as strategic advisors on behalf of their clients. In turn, AESC members are best positioned to provide companies with a competitive advantage—the ability to find, attract and develop the best talent in the world and ensure that executives are successfully integrated.

Hightech Partners – ITP announces appointment of Bruno Kraft as new Partner based in Italy.

 

Brussels, October 12, 2016 – Hightech Partners – ITP, a leading European search and management consulting company in the Technology industry in Europe, has appointed Bruno Kraft as a new Partner active in Italy and Southern Europe. 

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Hightech Partners – ITP is delighted to announce that Bruno Kraft is joining its international team of Partners.

In 1981, at the age of 26 Bruno set up his first company that commercialized an ERP system for Italian SME’s. Later he developed his career in medium and large companies such as Olivetti, Ma.Te and Gruppo ISA Informatica Santagostino in both operational and financial management.

From 1997 to 2003 Bruno was CEO of Tecnodiffusione Italia S.p.A., a leading player in the Italian Digital Technology sector and parent company of Strabilia, Vobis and Microlink with a chain of 450 outlets in franchise. He managed the listing process of the company at Milan Stock Exchange and subsequently managed the European Investor Relations as well as its return to the capital market.

After that Bruno became an independent consultant advising technology companies and in parallel he started his own venture in the Tourism sector, with a company based in Forte dei Marmi (Tuscany coast) that became a reference model for luxury tourism in Italy.

Commenting on this appointment, Raffaele Jacovelli and Bert Vermeiren, Managing Directors, comment on the arrival of Bruno Kraft: “In Hightech Partners Bruno can leverage his long time experience in executive roles in the ICT industry and his management consulting capabilities. Having recruited and led successful ICT management teams, Bruno understands the executive search profession well and has the insight and experience to spot and assess young potentials as well as senior executive talent in Italy and abroad. Additionally, Bruno has shown on several occasions his entrepreneurial initiative in creating new business opportunities and added value to his clients, skills that fit well with the Hightech Partners company culture. We are confident that Bruno will help us to develop new initiatives to grow our business in new domains in our fast changing sector.

 

Bruno Kraft comments: “This new exciting opportunity comes at the right time in my career and allows me to leverage my long working experience to help companies finding the best people that they are looking for, which is nowadays a strategic element to consolidate or develop their business. The fit with the Hightech Partners – ITP team was immediate: it is really a pleasure to work with such high level and skilled people. Any technology company should rely on such a team. My challenge here as a recruitment and consulting Partner is to create the conditions for my clients to benefit from Hightech Partners – ITP’s reliable methodology and services.

Bruno is an IT Engineer and during his career has attended (both in Italy and mainly abroad) various courses in Sales, General Management and Financial Management. He is married and he is based in Forte dei Marmi. He is fluent in Italian, English and also speaks French.

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Bruno Kraft

About Hightech Partners

 

With over 30 years of experience Hightech Partners ITP is one of the leading boutique search firms in the Technology industry in Europe helping clients in IT Services, IT Consulting, Telecom, Internet & Media, Software, Hardware, Distribution and Cleantech. The company offers Search Services, Board Search, Management Assessment and M&A Services. Hightech Partners has offices in Brussels, Belgium, and Geneva, Switzerland with local Partners situated in major European geographies.

Hightech Partners – ITP is part of ITP Worldwide, an alliance of specialized search and consulting firms in the Technology industry in the US and Asia.

 

 

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Hightech Partners – ITP announces appointment of Marjolein Gries-Smits as new Partner.

 

Brussels, October 12, 2016 – Hightech Partners – ITP, a leading European search and management consulting company in the Technology industry in Europe, has appointed Marjolein Gries as a new Partner based in The Netherlands. 

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Hightech Partners – ITP is delighted to announce that Marjolein Gries-Smits is joining its international team of Partners.

Marjolein Gries-Smits has over 20 years’ experience in the Human Resource sector. She gained experience in managerial roles, consulting and training and is specialized in recruitment and career coaching. She worked for many established names in the ICT, Automotive, Government, Sports, Education and Theatre sectors. Marjolein was HR Manager for Hyperion Solutions (1996-2000), and since worked as a Talent Manager, Trainer, Management Consultant and Career Coach in international companies.

Marjolein has conducted senior pan-European searches as well as local Dutch assignments in the Technology industry. As a Management Consultant she is specialized in Executive Search and (registered) Career Coaching.

Commenting on her appointment, Raffaele Jacovelli and Bert Vermeiren, Managing Directors, said: “We are very proud to announce the appointment of Marjolein Gries-Smits to the Hightech Partners team. Marjolein has developed an excellent image as a top recruiter and coach in the technology sector in the Netherlands and internationally and she has an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic approach that fits well with ours. Her expert knowledge of the market in the Netherlands and North-West Europe is an important asset to us as many international technology companies are headquartered there and we will now intensify our efforts to develop our unique recruitment and consulting services for clients in that region.

 

Marjolein Gries comments: “I got in touch with Hightech Partners a few months ago and immediately felt the match with their focused approach to the technology market. Associating myself with Hightech Partners looked like a natural next step in my professional career evolving from coaching into senior management consulting and executive search. The systematic and structured approach of Hightech Partners to identify and select the right candidate, their extended network in the European ICT-industry and the supporting state of the art research team and tools convinced me to join this experienced and senior team of executive recruiters. The professionalism of the Hightech Partners team is unrivaled and for me this was the best professional and qualitative career choice.

Marjolein obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, People Development and Psychology and has a post-bachelor education in the coaching field; she is a registered career coach at NOLOC (Dutch organization for career coaches). Marjolein lives with her husband and children in Doetinchem (North-East in the Netherlands) and speaks Dutch, English and German.

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Marjolein Gries

About Hightech Partners

 

With over 30 years of experience Hightech Partners ITP is one of the leading boutique search firms in the Technology industry in Europe helping clients in IT Services, IT Consulting, Telecom, Internet & Media, Software, Hardware, Distribution and Cleantech. The company offers Search Services, Board Search, Management Assessment and M&A Services. Hightech Partners has offices in Brussels, Belgium, and Geneva, Switzerland with local Partners situated in major European geographies.

Hightech Partners – ITP is part of ITP Worldwide, an alliance of specialized search and consulting firms in the Technology industry in the US and Asia.

 

 

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Hightech Partners 

32 2 663 1600

www.hightechpartners.net