Marjolein Gries Netherlands based Partner Appointment

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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.

 

 

Contact persons

 

Bert Vermeiren – Managing Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Raffaele Jacovelli – Managing Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hightech Partners ITP 

Avenue Louise 479 b 58

B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

+32 2 663 1600

www.hightechpartners.net

 

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Bruno Kraft Italy based Partner Appointment

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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.

 

 

Contact persons

 

Bert Vermeiren – Managing Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Raffaele Jacovelli – Managing Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hightech Partners ITP 

Avenue Louise 479 b 58

B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

+32 2 663 1600

www.hightechpartners.net

 

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Sabine Seedorf-Althen Germany based Partner Appointment

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Hightech Partners – ITP announces appointment of Sabine Seedorf-Althen as new Partner. 

 

Brussels, September 24, 2014 – Hightech Partners – ITP, a leading European search and management consulting company in the Technology industry in Europe, has appointed Sabine Seedorf-Althen as a new Partner based in Germany.  

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Hightech Partners – ITP is delighted to announce that Sabine Seedorf-Althen is joining its international team of Partners.

Sabine is a senior executive with significant experience in driving the use of Information Technology in the Life Sciences sector. After her studies she started working for MSD (Merck, Sharp & Dohme) in sales, product management and marketing. She held executive positions as National Sales Manager Cardiovascular Products, Business Unit Director Specialty Products and finally as Executive Director Business Operations and a Member of the German Leadership Team.

Among her responsibilities in this position she managed IT and the sales information systems.

Since 2013 Sabine has been an independent management consultant in coaching and organizational development, associated with Czwalina Consulting gmbh, putting her experience in large change programs at the disposal of clients in the life sciences and high tech industry.

Commenting on this appointment, Raffaele Jacovelli and Bert Vermeiren, Managing Directors, said: “With the arrival of Sabine we not only join forces with a respected and well connected high level executive in the German ecosystem, but also add to our competency portfolio the niche of life sciences and healthcare IT. Sabine will play a major role in further developing this segment within Hightech Partners. Her international reach, excellent commercial, strategic marketing and business management experience will be of great benefit to our partnership. We look forward to a successful cooperation.

 

Sabine Seedorf-Althen comments: “This new career step comes at the right time in my career and the fit with the Hightech Partners – ITP team was immediate. The company offers me the opportunity to further build on my general and commercial management skills and my involvement with IT teams, and putting those skills at the disposal of well-respected technology firms in Germany and elsewhere. I had the opportunity to participate to a number of business meetings with Hightech Partners and like the high level of the interaction with the clients, the solidity of the company processes and the overall drive to deliver top quality. It is great to be part of the Hightech Partners team and to serve clients internationally in their search and their development activities for future leadership talent.

Sabine Seedorf-Althen has a degree of master of pharmaceutical biology from the University of Frankfurt. She lives with her husband in Munich and fluently speaks German, English and some French.

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SSA

About Hightech Partners

 

With 28 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.

 

 

Contact persons

 

Bert Vermeiren – Managing Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Raffaele Jacovelli – Managing Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hightech Partners ITP 

Avenue Louise 479 b 58

B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

+32 2 663 1600

www.hightechpartners.net

 

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FastTrack Talent Acquisition Programme Launch

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Press Release: Hightech Partners – ITP launches a new Service: the FastTrack Talent Acquisition Programme. 

 

Brussels, November 7, 2013 Hightech Partners with its 28 year focus on executive search in the Technology Sector is announcing the launch of its 2014 FastTrack Talent Acquisition Programme.  

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“Technology Businesses share a common challenge of getting the right people on board early enough in the new year to achieve Quarter 1 & 2 objectives, failure to do this causes many organisations to experience a slow start to the year’s revenues and places more pressure on Q3 & 4” said Richard Lowe of Hightech Partners. "If the search for the right new executives starts only after annual budgets get finalised during November and December there is a considerable risk that Top Performers, many of whom are not actively looking for a new role, take longer to identify, approach and engage hence start dates can be as late as halfway through the year.”

The FastTrack Talent Acquisition Programme is a “long range” approach, which means suitably qualified top performers can be identified now, before specific job roles and locations are finalised. The timescale to hire is, as a result, dramatically reduced and a fast start to Quarter 1 assured, with new hires able to attend important year start meetings, training and customer engagements.

Our FastTrack accelerates an organisation’s ability to execute new business plans by not just finding the right new talent quicker than other approaches but also addresses the capabilities of existing employees to move into new roles to support the new business plan.

Programme phases are: 

 

Phase 1: Needs Analysis

  1. Elicit through our proven methodology the ideal personal profiles (track record, skills & knowledge) for new job roles in support of new products /services / markets.
  2. Optimise/benchmark existing employees by assessment to map into the 2014 plan requirements. A high level view can then be followed by more detailed assessment as required.
  3. Gap Analysis to identify the profiles not matched by the existing organization and define consequent recruiting priorities.
  4. Construction of employer Value Proposition and Talent-go-to-market model designed to attract the top performers and most qualified executives.
  5. Business analysis of key competitors capabilities and organisation delivers a go-to-market benchmark.

New markets or services will mean new employees will need different knowledge & skills and come from different backgrounds compared to existing employees.

A key element of our methodology is a workshop involving Line and HR Managers that we can facilitate to efficiently address the above items.

 

Phase 2: Talent Scouting and On Boarding 

  1. Talent Scouting has started throughout phase 1 and by phase 2 our Partners have identified sources of talent and actual talents available that matches the clients' 2014 needs
  2. Search, interview and short list candidates more rapidly and with more detailed insight than any other approach using our personal network and database of 25,000 industry relevant profiles, knowing where to find the right people and making a compelling first approach.
  3. FastStart – support the on boarding process with first 90 plans to reduce the time taken to a net return from the newly hired people
  4. Coach & train – the leadership team and key contributors with the skills required to deliver the 2014 business plan objectives

Each phase and sub-tasks are self-standing and can be performed independently from the others taking into account specific clients' needs. Pricing is adjusted accordingly, hence every project is subject to an ad hoc quotation.

“By closely examining the 2014 Business Plan objectives, and using our deep experience in the High Tech Sector we can accelerate the process of resourcing the plan with the right people said Bert Vermeiren. Risk of a slow start to 2014 is, by this approach, reduced and a higher degree of success assured.”

“Our state of the art web 2.0 system enables line managers to have full access to the hiring process online anytime for instant status but, our objective at Hightech Partners, is to free their time to run the business and only meet duly qualified shortlisted candidates said Raffaele Jacovelli.”

FastTrack

About Hightech Partners

 

With 27 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 – ITP has offices in Brussels, Belgium, and Geneva, Switzerland, with Partners located in each main geography of Europe.

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 

Avenue Louise 479 b 58

B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

+32 2 663 1600

www.hightechpartners.net

 

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Richard Lowe UK based Partner Appointment

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Hightech Partners – ITP appoints Richard Lowe as new Partner. 

 

Brussels, September 4, 2013 Hightech Partners – ITP, a leading European search and management consulting company in the Technology industry in Europe, has appointed Richard Lowe as new international Partner based in London.  

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Hightech Partners – ITP is delighted to announce that Richard Lowe has joined their international team of Partners. Richard has over 30 years of professional experience in European executive roles in the Technology industry.

At Hightech Partners he will focus on executive search and consulting services for Technology companies headquartered in London and all over Europe.

Richard has more than 30 years of experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunication industries gained in start-ups, mid-sized public companies and industry leaders like IBM and Xerox Corporation. His specialisation is leadership of sales, across EMEA, but also in North America and in global roles. He has been involved in several mergers and acquisitions leading the successful integration of sales organisations. His background includes being Chief Commercial Officer of 1E and CEO of Operax AB, a privately held Swedish software provider of bandwidth management technology. Prior to that he was Sr. VP EMEA of Network Management software vendor Micromuse Inc. joining in 2001 and driving huge growth in sales until its acquisition by IBM in February 2007 for $ 850 M. Before that he was the Sales Director EMEA of Tivoli Systems Inc., an IBM company with revenues in excess of $ 800 M. He began his career in sales in Xerox Systems Division. 

 

Raffaele Jacovelli and Bert Vermeiren, Managing Directors, comment: “Having operated as CEO and International Sales Lead in global technology firms Richard brings deep expertise to the Hightech Partners – ITP team: his seniority and proven credibility in the market, his extensive European and global professional network and his strategic and global approach. Over the last few weeks, we have been working quite intensively with Richard and have been impressed by his in depth knowledge of the software sector, the systems & infrastructure management and the newly emerging Big Data & Business Intelligence areas, two of the most promising niches in the High Tech industry. The work Richard did in sales training & coaching and in ‘FastStart’ on-boarding create opportunities for additional service and consultancy offerings to our clients. His arrival strengthens our presence in the UK where many major European and global Technology firms are headquartered. ”

 

Richard Lowe said about his joining Hightech Partners – ITP: “I am very excited to join the Hightech Partners – ITP team and to develop new consulting activities in the Technology industry with them. When meeting with and getting introduced to the firm I was impressed by the entrepreneurial approach, the quality of the search process and the supporting state of the art systems and tools. Also I saw the best level of Technology industry knowledge in the Hightech Partners – ITP team compared to any of the search firms that I have worked with throughout my career. This together with the company’s track record in executive recruitment, consulting and M&A services for world class clients convinced me to join. I look forward to serve my existing and new clients under the Hightech Partners – ITP brand.“

Richard studied business economics at Sheffield Hallam University and computer science at Dinnington College. He resides in West London.

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Richard Lowe

About Hightech Partners

 

With 27 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 – ITP has offices in Brussels, Belgium, and Geneva, Switzerland, with Partners located in each main geography of Europe.

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.

 

 

Contact persons

 

Bert Vermeiren – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Raffaele Jacovelli – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hightech Partners ITP 

Avenue Louise 479 b 58

B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

+32 2 663 1600

www.hightechpartners.net

 

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