Pedersen & Partners takes over Alvaro Arias’ top Executive Search team and opens offices in Spain and Colombia

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Madrid, Bogota - Pedersen & Partners, a leading international Executive Search firm, has today announced the opening of its offices in Madrid, Spain and Bogota, Colombia, thus strengthening its international footprint and growing the team by six new consultants.

Alvaro Arias joins Pedersen & Partners as Partner in charge of Spain and Latin America. He has over twelve years of Executive Search experience, having held management positions at international Executive Search firms and specialised primarily in banking, private equity, telecom, media, professional services and industry. Before entering the Executive Search industry, Mr Arias worked at AT Kearney. He is an Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a MBA from IESE Business School.

Alberto Bocchieri is a Partner at Pedersen & Partners in Spain. He has 4 years of Executive Search experience and his areas of expertise include corporate and investment banking, private equity, energy (oil & gas, large utilities, renewable and conventional power), luxury and professional services, with a focus on top executive positions and cross-border assignments. His career includes various senior level positions in the chemical industry, banking sector and communications. Mr Bocchieri is a Graduate in Economy and Business from LUISS University of Rome and holds a PADE - Top Executive Management Program from IESE Business School of Madrid.

Carlos Recarte O’Ryan joins Pedersen & Partners’ Madrid office as Principal. He has a decade of experience in the Executive Search industry in Spain and in Latin America, specifically in Argentina and Brazil. In the course of his career. Mr Recarte has headed the Consultancy Division of a Human Capital Services firm, was the Operations Manager and Business Development Manager at an Executive Search firm, and a Senior Consultant and Manager of a Marketing and Training firm. Mr Recarte has a degree in law from the San Pablo CEU Madrid University.

Elisa Martinez de Miguel is a Principal at Pedersen & Partners’ Madrid office. She has 13 years of Executive Search experience and brings expertise in leadership consulting. Before joining the Executive Search industry, Ms Martinez de Miguel worked 6 years for Grupo Taper as a Manager in charge of Human Resources, Accounting and Administration. She graduated in Law, Master in Economics, Legal Consultancy and Taxation, SMP by the Instituto de Empresa, Spain.

Puri Paniagua joins Pedersen & Partners in Spain as a Principal. Ms Paniagua has worked in the Executive Search industry for three years, and has previously worked at Accenture for over 20 years, for most of which she was a Partner. Her focus is on Executive Search, Management Audit, and Coaching in the industry sectors of technology, professional services and consumer goods services. Ms Paniagua holds a Degree in Chemistry and ABMP from Kellogg (Northwestern University).

Fernanda Garcia is Country Manager for Colombia at Pedersen & Partners. Before joining the firm, Ms Garcia was a Country Manager for Columbia at another international Executive Search firm. Before moving to the Executive Search industry, Ms Garcia gained experience as a Change Management consultant at Ernst & Young, where she developed the practice for Colombia, Perú and Costa Rica. She is an Industrial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and holds a MBA from Instituto de Empresa in Spain.

“The expansion to Spain and Latin America confirms our commitment to our strategy of achieving global presence” - commented Poul Pedersen, Managing Partner at Pedersen & Partners. “At the same time, we want to ensure that our clients receive country-specific advice on identifying, attracting and retaining senior leadership talent. All our new team members are seasoned industry professionals that will greatly contribute to Pedersen & Partners becoming a leading provider of Executive Search and talent management solutions in Spain and Latin America.”

“We are happy to join forces with Pedersen & Partners, which is rapidly becoming a major international player in the Executive Search industry” - commented Alvaro Arias, Partner in charge of Spain and Latin America. “Both our firms have the same commitment of becoming strategic partners to our clients and ensuring excellence of service, and we look forward to merging our expertise with that of Pedersen & Partners.”

“We, as a team, are proud to join one of the world’s most innovative and fast growing Executive Search firm and together developing a truly ambitious operation in Spain and in LatAm, combining our regional and industry expertise with Pedersen & Partners’ successful global model” said Partner Alberto Bocchieri, and added “This is the right time in the right countries.”

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Pedersen & Partners is a leading international executive search firm. We operate 46 wholly owned offices in 43 countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Iran, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR of Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. Our values Trust - Relationship - Professionalism apply to our interaction with clients as well as executives.

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