Board Services, core topic at the AGM 2015

Board Services, core topic at the AGM 2015

15th-18th June 2015 Vienna/Austria; Kempinski Hotel Budapest/Hungary

While last years’ General Assembly of AIMS International focused on defining the strategy vision 2017, this year´s focus was around the continued roadmap of its implementation and the Global Practise Team Expertise’s.

AIMS International has incorporated the specific industry experience and competencies of its outstanding consultants into Global Practice Teams who constantly update and exchange in-depth cross-border industry sector knowledge and market information. The first day of the AGM was dedicated to the latest addition to these practise teams, e.g. Board Services.

Three prominent presenters were invited to share their insights related to the Board Services topic: Dr Roger Barker, Director of Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors, talked about global and local Board Structures around the world, best practices, trends and issues. Mrs Beata Binek, President of the Polish Institute of Directors, talked about Emerging Markets changes in Boards and Mr György Szabo, ex CEO of SANOMA Hungary, shared his experience as a CEO working with Boards.

The following panel discussion with the presenters and Mr Daniel Ekberg (Sweden), President of AIMS International, and Mr Richard Joly (Canada), Vice President of AIMS International, key discussion themes included CEO and Board recruitment, CEO evaluation and CEO succession.

″Thank you Roger for your presentation. Now, we observe that governance is advancing on two fundamental fronts: diversity with more woman and ethics with more transparency. These two underpinnings of governance will favour the adoption of desired behaviours amongst global corporate leaders”, says Mr Richard Joly, Vice President of AIMS International.

Over 80 specially invited external guests attended the evenings Client Event further focusing on the Board Theme with the topic ”Women in Boards”. Mr Ferenc Pongrácz, President of AMCHAM, BD Executive SEE at IBM held a presentation about the topic of Female leaders in IBM.

This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Mr Vilmos Benkö, ex-President of AMCHAM including Ms Edina Heal, Country Manager of Google, Ms Ágnes Fábián, President of Henkel, MD of Henkel, Ms Krisztina Varga, Regional Business Operations Manager SEE of HP and Ms Judit Zolnay, CEO of MetLife.

The four female leaders shared their experiences and agreed that being a female leader is in fact nothing to be discussed. They have to perform on the required level as they are assessed and honoured by fulfilling the expectations and meeting the target. Ms Edina Heal highlighted that the education, and especially to study IT, can determine the future opportunities for young girls. Ms Ágnes Fábián gives room for young talents to show their suitability and skills and Ms Krisztina Varga brought elements of the diversity within HP and practical advice. Ms Judit Zolnay supports and develops young talents and freshly appointed female leaders in various forms of training courses. They all agreed that progress can be reached if the society provides the room for changes and that the mind-set of changes starts within the families.

In the AGM two new AIMS International Board members were elected, Ms Cecilia Diaz (Mexico) and Ms Lenka Pisackova (Czech Republic), thus increasing the women share of Board members of AIMS International by 100%. The board members of the association are elected for a 3 year period.

The second day of the AGM was spent on the global and local roadmap enabling AIMS Internationals Strategy Vision 2017 globally.

The last day focussed on sharing border industry sector knowledge and market information between the 8 Global Practice Team Expertise areas: Automotive, Board Services (new), Energy, Financial Services, FMCG & Luxury goods, Industrial, IT & Telecom and Life Sciences.

Three new Partners introduced themselves to the rest of the organization at the AGM; China, Netherlands and Norway, which is a new Partner also of the newly formed AIMS International Scandinavia.

“This AGM was one of the most attended AGMs we have ever had. The hosting of our Hungarian unit was excellent and the event marked the start of the implementation of our new Strategy. We can clearly see that we are moving forward in the right direction”, says Mr Daniel Ekberg, President of AIMS International.

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Susann Blybäck – International Coordinator AIMS International

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About AIMS International (www.aimsinternational.com)
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 300 consultants in more than 80 offices in over 50 countries throughout all continents.

AIMS INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL LIFESCIENCES TEAM IN BIO PHILADELPHIA 2015

AIMS INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL LIFESCIENCES TEAM IN BIO PHILADELPHIA 2015

15th -18th June 2015 – Philadelphia – USA

As the world’s largest biotechnology gathering, the BIO Exhibition allows exhibitors to reach influential decision makers who come to BIO to discover new players in the industry, form partnerships and evaluate emerging technologies. This famous exhibition attracts attendees and exhibitors from thousands of organizations including world’s foremost biotech companies, top pharma companies and top CROs and CMOs, major research labs, famous academic institutions and government agencies.

AIMS International Global Lifesciences Team did a special mission attending the exhibition, bringing a team of experts from all Continents.

Bob Hennessy (AIMS US), Bernardo Entschev (AIMS US Florida & AIMS Brazil), Grégoire Depeursinge (AIMS Switzerland), Luis Truchado (AIMS Spain), Adarsh Matta (AIMS India) and Kan Nakamura (AIMS Japan) visited the exhibition from 15th to 18th June in Philadelphia.

During this mission our team had the opportunity to meet executive friends and clients and also further deepen their technical knowledge in the segment. All goals were reached: personal and corporate new relationships, business development, in-depth knowledge.

Also the team participated in the Bio One on One Partnering System that generated dozens of fruitful meetings with respected companies in the segment and the opportunity to demonstrate our unique ability to provide solutions and select top executives for this market worldwide.

AIMS International is proud to have a cutting edge global team and celebrates this unique and true global initiative.

EMEA Meeting 2015 – Diversity versus meritocracy, is there a conflict?

EMEA Meeting 2015 – Diversity versus meritocracy, is there a conflict?

AIMS International EMEA Regional Meeting  held in Milan, Italy, 20-21st March 2015.

The meeting was attended by regional AIMS International representatives as well as Daniel Ekberg, President of AIMS International. The majority of the meeting focused on the ”how” of AIMS Internationals Strategy Vision 2017 and it’s implementation in the EMEA region, setting the clients’ needs further into the focus.

AIMS International Italy operates nationwide with two offices, Milan and Rome, and a staff of 25 senior professionals led by Pierangelo Favero and Eleonora Chiodelli, Managing Partners of AIMS International Italy.

As a part of the meeting  a panel discussion with CEO’s and VP HR of leading Italian and multinational companies took place. AIMS International Italy, in charge of the event organization, was proud to involve some of their most prestigious clients and well known HR experts who had the chance to meet the EMEA AIMS Partners and Consultants and share their opinion and views about topics related to Business Consulting practices and future trends of the market.

Mr. Riccardo Carbucicchio, CEO Bausch & Lomb Italy, and Ms. Adele Genoni, VP and General Manager EMEA of ITW Welding, have established a long lasting professional cooperation with AIMS in Italy. Mr. Auteri, Senior VP HR of Denso Thermal System, and Mr. Ferrari, HR Director of Brembo, has had a positive cooperation with AIMS International not only in Italy, but in several countries where automotive productions are located, i.e. Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany and others.

The Panel members made very interesting contributions about Diversity led by Ms. Genoni, who brought to the audience her personal experience being a successful manager in a male oriented industry like welding.

The role of Mr.Valente was very valuable in describing the role of the Sourcing and Development department in an well established and international firm like Pirelli.

Daniel Ekberg, President of AIMS International, was also part of the panel bringing the AIMS vision for the next years. Roger Cater, Manging Partner AIMS International UK, facilitated the session.

The panel discussions were followed by a visit to the AIMS International office in Italy, downtown Milan in Corso Venezia 45, for the panel members and meeting participants to meet the Italian team.

It was a fruitful regional meeting, including very interesting client discussions and views about future needs of our services in light of the changing needs of the market , says Daniel Ekberg, President of AIMS International.

 

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Susann Blybäck – International Coordinator AIMS International

+43 676 3014 350

 

About AIMS International: GLOBAL EXECUTIVE SEARCH AND TALENT MANAGEMENT. Amongst the top 10 Executive Search firms in the world for the last five years. Our clients benefit from high quality and fully integrated services in Retained Executive Search and Talent Management in all parts of the world where they operate. Daniel Ekberg, President: “AIMS International’s business model is different. The partners of well established firms in all mature and several emerging countries joined together to create a partnership dedicated to the highest quality standards. The power of AIMS International lies in the fact that each partner has high accountability for achieving results and our clients benefit from a truly international approach irrespective of country borders. Our Executive Board ensures that our high quality standards are met in every country in which we operate. A high performance organization requires recognition and response to clients’ needs. AIMS International’s global key account management system provides each client with the individualized service it requires. ”

ASIA/PACIFIC Meeting 2015 – Diversity in the War for Talent!

ASIA/PACIFIC Meeting 2015 – Diversity in the War for Talent!

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ASIA/PACIFIC Meeting 2015 – Diversity in the War for Talent!

AIMS International APAC Regional Meeting  held in New Delhi, India, 26-28th February 2015.

The meeting at the Leela Palace was attended by the regional AIMS International representatives as well as Daniel Ekberg, President of AIMS International. Further steps in strengthening the foundations of the partnership, through sharing and discussing key topics and regional trends, were taken. The majority of the meeting focused on the Strategy Vision 2017 and its implementation in the APAC region, setting the clients’ needs further into the focus.

AIMS International India has offices in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Chennai and is planning to expand its operations with new offices in Pune and and Bangalore in 2016.

– For us India is a very important market. China´s growth has reached a peak, but India still has more growth oppotunities and is an important market for many multi national companies, says Kevin Wallis, Executive Vice President APAC.

As a part of the meeting a Client Event and Panel Discussion on the theme ”Diversity in the War for Talent” took place. It was attended by 47 clients who had the opportunity to ask questions and add to the discussions.

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– In India a glass ceiling exists. But corporates have started thinking towards diversity in recruitment to break this barrier. Policies are being made keeping women in mind. The best example is the India banking sector, where a lot of women are heading the top banking organisations. Also family run organsations are no longer discriminating between the son and the daughter and the ”top seat” is going to the more deserving heir, says Adarsh Matta, Managing Partner AIMS International India.

As a global organisation AIMS International has noted that the India hiring trends and practices differ somewhat from the global model.

– Here the college or institute of education plays a very important role in getting the desired job, unlike other countries where the individuals calibre is judged. The salary package is usually determined based on the candidate´s current package and his education, followed by her/his expertise, continues Adarsh Matta, Managing Partner AIMS International India.

– Globally we are seeing an increase in women representation in the Board of companies. UK has seen the maximum increase of approx 10% over the last 3 years, followed by Canada and then the US which is 3%. It is heartening to note that this trend is catching on also in India, says Daniel Ekberg, President of AIMS International.

Over the last few decades multi national companies have realized major labor cost advantages by hiring staff in India. But they increasingly look to India as a potential hub for large-scale research and development operations, moving India up the value chain, along with pushing pay and and the competition for technology sector talent to new levels. Desired industries these days are the multi national corporates and new technology industries like IT, Telecom, E-commerce compared to traditional PSU, Government and Manufacturing.

– At the senior levels we see that salaries are converging with the parent companies in the West. A number of Indians are given senior global roles and their compensations are being made equal to their Western counterparts, says Adarsh Matta, Managing Partner AIMS International India.

– According to estimates there will be over a million new jobs and salary increases of up to 40% in the new finacial year. India is on the threshold of becoming a super-power and with a stable and progressive government, the right investments and trust the coming years should see India booming, concludes Adarsh Matta, Managing Partner AIMS International India.

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Corporate Communications

Susann Blybäck – International Coordinator AIMS International

+43 676 3014 350

 

About AIMS International: GLOBAL EXECUTIVE SEARCH AND TALENT MANAGEMENT. Amongst the top 10 Executive Search firms in the world for the last five years, AIMS International is spread across all continents with over 350 consultants in 50 countries. Our clients benefit from high quality and fully integrated services in Retained Executive Search and Talent Management in all parts of the world where they operate. Daniel Ekberg, President: “AIMS International’s business model is different. The partners of well established firms in all mature and several emerging countries joined together to create a partnership dedicated to the highest quality standards. The power of AIMS International lies in the fact that each partner has high accountability for achieving results and our clients benefit from a truly international approach irrespective of country borders. Our Executive Board ensures that our high quality standards are met in every country in which we operate. A high performance organization requires recognition and response to clients’ needs. AIMS International’s global key account management system provides each client with the individualized service it requires. ”

AIMS International presents a new partner in Shanghai

AIMS International presents a new partner in Shanghai

October 29th, 2014 – Vienna, Austria – Wells Associates, a China focused executive search practice which provides complete human capital solutions, has joined AIMS International effective October 2014.

Its local expertise combined with the strength of the global partners of AIMS International will have huge advantages for clients and prospects of both sides. The Managing Director of Wells & Associates, Ms Cindy Han, is well known in the world of HR and to Executive Search, as she brings along more than 16 years of senior experience in Greater China. She established Wells & Associates in 2005. Previously, Cindy had worked for many multinational firms including Spencer Stuart, Ray Berndtson and Templar in Shanghai.
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