The ABCA Q1 2014

The ABCA Q1 2014

April 16th, 2014 – Vienna, Austria – AIMS International, a preeminent global Executive Search and Talent Management organization, has launched the 9th issue of its Business Climate indicator. The ABCA delivers a global insight from the executive search business point of view.

This analysis of the Executive Search Market surveys past, present and expected business conditions in 7 major business segments. It approaches the last 4 months and forecasts the next 4 months on the basis of interviews with AIMS International partners and consultants in 47 countries. The first ABCA was published in Q2 2011.

“Every issue of the ABCA delivers useful information for any business leader. AIMS International covers the whole world and as trends in Executive Search firms are very early signs of changes – good or bad, the ABCA analysis provides concise information about these trends. It is a good indicator of where the future is heading”, says Daniel Ekberg, President of AIMS International.

The ABCA Q1 2014 shows the following results:

  1. There is a significant change in the current business situation of the local markets in the 47 countries compared to the ABCA 2013 Q3. Today, 46% (Δ +12%) of the AIMS International partners and consultants evaluate the state of business locally as good, 44% (Δ -6%) as middle and only 10% (Δ -6%) as bad. This positive evaluation of the local markets to that extend is rather surprising. Even more, if you consider that interviewees from 30 countries report about markets in the EMEA region which could be especially negatively be effected by the unstable situation in Ukraine.Obviously the economical and financial situation there seems to be quite serious and to be getting worse due to the continuing military aggression. An indicator is the exchange rate of the Ukrainian Hryvna per Euro, which has changed from about 11/1 to 18/1 since December 2013.2014-04-17-ABCA-Currency-Information-UAHSource: http://www.xe.com/currencycharts

    The devaluation of the Ukrainian Hryvna is dramatic and correspondingly the international and local business is suffering.

    Practically all potential business projects and start-up of new businesses are frozen. AIMS International partners and consultants report that international companies which have been operating in Ukraine for 5-10 years do not plan to terminate their activity there as of today. On the other hand both local and international companies have initiated cost and staff reduction. Partially this happens due to the loss of the activities in the Crimea, partially in order to be ready for the possible profit loss during this year. The labor market in Ukraine is almost frozen.

    How is the current local business situation in the 47 countries?

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  1. Allowing multiple answers, significant differences in the development of important business segments during the last 12 months have become obvious: business in Industrial, Engineering and Logistics increased by 18 %, in the Energy segment by 8% and FMCG, Retail and Luxury goods by 1%. All other business segments which were surveyed (Automotive, the Financial Services, the IT&T, Pharmaceuticals, Health Care and Life Science) decreased simultaneously by 2-3%.How is the development of specific industry segments in the last 4 months?2014-04-17-ABCA-Industry-Segment-Development-2014-Q1
  1. Following the answers to the questions about revenue development in the last 4 months, significant improvement has taken place. 44% of the partners and consultants report their revenues as increased (Δ +14%!), 38% as stable (Δ -19%!) and still 18% as decreased (Δ +4%). After a long period of decreasing revenues this counter reaction was necessary.How is the revenue development in the last 4 months?2014-04-17-ABCA-Revenue-Development-2014-Q1
  2. The strongest markets for Executive Search in EMEA seem to be Bulgaria, Finland and Italy, in the AMERICAS Canada and Perú. In APAC, Australia and Japan report strong business.
  3. Corresponding to the above (questions 1. and 3.), today, 79% (Δ +29%) of the interviewees evaluate the number of current direct search projects in their countries as large or sufficient, still 21% (Δ -29%) evaluate it as not enough.How is the number of current direct search projects?2014-04-17-ABCA-Number-Of-Current-Projects-2014-Q1
  4. Based on the development of the business situation in the last 6 months and also taking into consideration the number of orders at hand the forecast for the next 4 months (2014 April to July) the expectation is positive: 51% (Δ +17%) expect the business to be better (for the first time since 2012 Q1 more than 50%), only 3% as worse (Δ -11%) and 46% as stable (Δ -6%).How is the forecast for the next 4 months?
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The overall outlook for 2014 Q2 is promising.

Corporate Communications

Christian Schulte +49 178 2854744


About AIMS International (www.aims-international.net)

Incorporated in Vienna, Austria in 1992, AIMS International is an international executive search organization of independently owned and managed executive search firms who work collaboratively to execute executive search assignment for global clients around the world. AIMS International is represented by over 350 consultants in more than 90 offices in over 50 countries throughout all continents. It was ranked the largest executive search partnership in the world by Search-Consult Magazine.

For more information, please visit www.aims-international.net.

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2014 Beacon Awards

President of AIMS International-US, John Poracky and AIMS International EVP, Bernardo Entschev attended the 12th Annual Beacon Awards.

April 9th, 2014 – USA, Key Biscayne, The Ritz Carlton – As a member of the Beacon Council, AIMS International-US took part in the 12th annual Beacon Awards and invited AIMS International Brazil to join. AIMS International-US opened their South Florida office in 2013. Attending the event allows AIMS to build additional knowledge of companies from around the world who are expanding into South Florida and/or international locations outside of Florida.

The Beacon Council is Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership, a not-for-profit, public-private organization. It focuses on job creation and economic growth by coordinating community-wide programs, promoting minority business and urban economic revitalization, delivering assistance to local businesses in their expansion efforts and marketing Greater Miami throughout the world.

The who’s who of south Florida companies were present. With the Beacon Awards, the Beacon Council recognizes businesses and organizations for their significant contributions in the areas of job creation, business expansion, corporate citizenship and leadership. The majority of the attending companies are regional or international players, i.e. American Airlines, Boeing, BBVA Compass, Bank of America, AAR Corp., Port of Miami, etc.

AIMS International AMERICAS EVP Bernardo Entschev was a valueable source for the LATAM participants. He had the opportunity to meet the General Consul of Commerce of Brazil, Bruno Rodriguez, to discuss Brazilian companies entering the American market through Miami.

The picture shows the Senior Vice President of International Business Development for the Beacon Council, Mario Sacasa, flanked by John Poracky, President of AIMS International-US (left) and Bernardo Entschev, AIMS International EVP (right).


Corporate Communications:

Christian Schulte +49 178 2854744

About AIMS International (www.aims-international.net)

Incorporated in Vienna, Austria in 1992, AIMS International is an international executive search organization of independently owned and managed executive search firms who work collaboratively to execute executive search assignment for global clients around the world. AIMS International is represented by over 350 consultants in more than 90 offices in over 50 countries throughout all continents. It was ranked the largest executive search partnership in the world by Search-Consult Magazine.

For more information, please surf www.aims-international.net or follow us on LinkedIn

or call John Poracky 786-270-1653 (FL).

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AIMS in Bulgaria awarded by the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum

AIMS International Bulgaria awarded for “Best Social Policy by a Small or Medium-Sized Enterprise” by the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum.

At a special ceremony, AIMS in Bulgaria received the prestigious award from the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum at the Annual Responsible Business Awards for 2013 in the category “Best Social Policy by a Small or Medium-Sized Enterprise”.
In the highly competitive group of nominated companies and projects, AIMS won the votes of the jury with its sustainable participation over the 20 years of its existence in Bulgaria in numerous initiatives and campaigns, both on corporate, as well as on individual level.
The AIMS team expressed their belief that it is far more important to remember that the best results for the common good and welfare of the society and nature we would achieve when there is continuity in the actions and more people are joining efforts, regardless of the size of the aid.
The award is coming in the year in which AIMS celebrates its 20th Anniversary in Bulgaria.


About The Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum:

The Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF) is the leading organization in Bulgaria devoted to promoting the principles and values of corporate social responsibility (CSR). BBLF is a membership association with a large number of member companies, General meeting as a supreme body and a Managing Board as a management body. The Forum is affiliated to the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF).


About The Annual Responsible Business Awards:

The Annual Awards aim to promote the responsible behavior of business in Bulgaria. The main objective of the Awards is to give credit to companies with remarkable record in the field of corporate social responsibility and encourage other business representatives to start or further develop socially beneficial activities. The Responsible Business Awards are national and companies across the country, regardless of their size and industry, can be nominated for them.


Corporate Communications:

Christian Schulte +49 178 2854744

About AIMS International (www.aims-international.net)

Incorporated in Vienna, Austria in 1992, AIMS International is an international executive search organization of independently owned and managed executive search firms who work collaboratively to execute executive search assignment for global clients around the world. AIMS International is represented by over 350 consultants in more than 90 offices in over 50 countries throughout all continents. It was ranked the largest executive search partnership in the world by Search-Consult Magazine.

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Americas Regional Meeting 2014 held in Chile

AIMS International has held its spring annual Partners meeting for the Americas region in Santiago de Chile March 19th to 22nd.

Senior Partners from the region came together with AIMS Internationals President Daniel Ekberg (Sweden) and the Vice President Richard Joly (Canada) to discuss the options to increase the value of AIMS International for its clients in the region.

The Americas region is large and very diverse, nevertheless the business focus and strategies are continually aligned and renewed for the 27 countries which are served by the AIMS International partners in Northern, Central and Latin America.

One focal point was the enhancement of cross border client management and synergies between the countries. In line with the global strategic framework, the partners under the leadership of EVP Bernardo Entschev (Brazil) focused the discussions on further strengthening the quality of the cross-border projects, especially the alignment of US and LATAM countries cross-border business, under the umbrella of a unified key account management principle.

Another key topic was the expansion strategy of AIMS International in the USA. Potential partners are reviewed against the expectations of the big multinational corporations in Europe.

Embedded into the meeting was also a high caliber client seminar attended by over 100 managers of the largest Chilean and American companies. Three key speakers elaborated about key talent management in ambiguous contexts such as:

Rodrigo Jordan, who delivered an evaluation about the challenges of talent management in 2014 from a teams´ perspective.

Carlos Osorio, founding director of the master in innovation at UAI in Chile, gave a speech about the meaning of innovation in talent management in 2014.

Daniel Ekberg, the President of AIMS International, talked about talent in a globalizing business world.

The speeches were highly appreciated and clients made contacts with local partners afterwards, discussing specific business needs.

The next Americas region meeting will be held in Miami, at the beginning of December 2014.


About the speakers:

Rodrigo Jordan is widely recognized in Latin America for his work in leadership and innovation. He is the author of Leadership: From Theory to Practice (Spanish, Prentice-Hall 2008) and he is the host of “Leadership in Person,” a TV show for Canal 13, interviewing Chile’s most important leaders.

In addition, he serves as Professor of Innovation Process and Management in the MBA program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile School of Business. Jordan regularly runs seminars on leadership and the development of high performance teams to a wide variety of clients throughout Latin America and beyond.

Jordan is considered one of Chile’s most accomplished mountaineers, having led several successful expeditions to the Himalayas and Antarctica.

He has authored a number of books and documentaries based on these expeditions including Everest: The Challenge of A Dream, K2: The Ultimate Challenge, Planet Antarctica, and One Day in Chile.

Rodrigo Jordan holds a PhD in Organizational Administration from Oxford University.


About the speakers:

Carlos Osorio is professor and founding director of the Master on Innovation at Adolfo Ibañez School of Management, board member at the InnovationForum (CHILE), visiting researcher at the Institute for Basque Competitiveness (SPAIN), fellow at the Center for Social Innovation of Un Techo para mi País (A Roof for my Country), and affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

He has also been visiting research scientist at MIT Media Lab, and research associate at the Information Technologies Group at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. He founded Designing Better Futures, a design + innovation consultancy that helps firms innovate, and hosted NuevaMente (NewMinds) the first Chilean TV show on innovation at 13C Channel.

His research focuses on innovation and new product development processes, design thinking and architecture of complex systems. His work has been published by Harvard Business Review, World Economic Forum, Brookings Institution, among others, and has been covered by varied media such as CNN en Español, The Economist, Corriere della Sera, and Salon.com.

Carlos has worked helping firms with their innovation processes in the information technology, biotech, energy, mining, finance and service sectors in the United States, Europe and Latin America, including Fortune 100 companies.

He graduated with the highest distinctions from the University of Chile with a B.Sc. in industrial engineering. He later earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard´s John F. Kennedy School of Government as Fulbright Scholar, a M.Sc. in Technology and Policy, and a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Corporate Communications

Christian Schulte +49 178 2854744

About AIMS International (www.aims-international.net)

Incorporated in Vienna, Austria in 1992, AIMS International is an international executive search organization of independently owned and managed executive search firms who work collaboratively to execute executive search assignment for global clients around the world. AIMS International is represented by over 350 consultants in more than 90 offices in over 50 countries throughout all continents. It was ranked the largest executive search partnership in the world by Search-Consult Magazine.

For more information, please visit www.aims-international.net.

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Armando Cavero presents G4S CEO

March 26th, 2014 – Lima, Perú – Armando Cavero, Managing Director of AIMS Perú presents newly appointed CEOs in the leading business magazine “G de Gestion” in Perú.

Armando Cavero started in April 2013 to present his column.

The intention of this column is to interview a newly appointed CEO or high profile “C” position, from the line of sight of an Executive Search Consultant and share with the readers insights of the person, his/her style and among other things, the reasons for him/her to get a new job. The column is called “RECIÉN CAZADO”, which means in English to the point “Freshly Hunted”.

This interview was led with María del Carmen Bernal Fedalto the CEO of G4S

About María del Carmen Bernal Fedalto:

  • Current position: CEO, G4S Peru and Bolivia
  • Previous Position: CEO, Priox (Rent Services at the Romero Group), CEO, DHL Perú
  • Marital status: Married
  • Hobby / Sport: Jogging and fitness
  • Education: University of Lima, industrial engineer. Adolfo Ibáñez University, MBA

Interview:

María del Carmen Bernal Fedalto: “I will focus on the business and the productivity”

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