Reference assignments

CEO :: Culture

Assistance to recruit CEO for one of the country's leading cultural institutions. The client was the owner. In recent years, the business had shown a strong development, both in offer in services, turnover, number of employees and had also recently moved. There was a need for a CEO with both professional and management expertise, who could handle a multifaceted mandate. The solution was a experienced manager from the cultural sector, who had worked continuously with development processes and held a solid reputation internationally. The ability to navigate in complex settings, create commitment, and to ensure trust, safety and relevance were important personal qualities.

CEO :: Real estate

Assistance in the search for a CEO for a commercial real estate broker who is part of a listed corporatation. We worked on behalf of the board. The group's market position is strong and the potential for the commercial real estate is solid. It was important to attract a candidate with industry credibility to set the direction and contribute to increasing the level of activity. The new CEO has extensive transaction experience from an international real estate investor and is used to leading commercial teams in various locations.

CEO :: Public sector

Assistance to recruit CEO to an enterprise that employs workers with special needs, and offers services to the professional market. The client was the board. The business had the last 10 years experienced strong growth and had recently merged. The new manager was to further develop one joint company. Managerial experience from value-driven business, economic focus, interest in political influence work, experience from developing external collaborations and understanding of the public sector was nessessary. The solution was a manager with solid experience from the sector, a combination of HR, administration and sales experience, together with a clear social engagement.

Head of data management :: Finance

Assistance in the search for a candidate that will contribute to building a future-oriented Mid-/Backoffice for the asset management business in a life insurance company. Capital under management has grown strongly and we have assisted in recruitment for key roles for the investment and CFO organisations. In this recruitment, we worked on behalf of the CFO and Head of Mid-/Backoffice. The solution was an experienced programmer who has built databases, and wanted to return to asset management.

Investment Manager :: Real estate

Assistance in the search for an Investment Manager for a property developer with high growth ambitions. We worked on behalf of the local CEO and group HR outside Norway. The investment manager were to identify, analyse and assess the profitability of investment opportunities. The solution was a candidate with solid experience from commercial property from a merchant bank, and an ambition to focus on real estate development projects.

Board director :: Industry - venture

Assistance in the search for a board member for a fish farming business that is about to grow strongly. The company is split in two; with facilities on different continents and farming of different fish species. We worked on behalf of the election committee. A new board member for the European unit needed solid expertise from fish farming, and had to be strategic and business-oriented. The solution was a board member with significant industry experience at a senior management level in a listed company.

Partner :: Finance

Assistance in the search for a director of a corporate finance advisory company. We worked on behalf of the owner and managing director. The company wanted to expand its expertise and experience and to add new perspectives to take the business to a new level. The ambition is to establish a new business area. More talent has been hired and the new partner will contribute to diversity. The solution was an experienced senior with a background in business development from both investment banks and merchant banks, and strong motivation to win mandates.

Department director :: Culture

Assistance to recruit for management group function in the cultural sector. The client was the CEO. The business had a strong professional environment, and the area included managerial responsibility for around half of the employees. Need for a manager with experience from public-facing business, who had led change- and development processes. Furthermore, it was important to know Oslo well, with its voluntary and organizational life. The solution was a leader with a solid professional platform, together with an expressed commitment to innovation and development of the sector. Social engagement, implementation strength and ability to collaborate were important personal qualities.

CEO Norway :: Media

Support in the search for a CEO for a company within media/tech/sports with solid owners and internationally leading partners. We worked on behalf of the board. The business is moving into the implementation and growth phase and takes a leading position in developing a completely new commercial market in Norway, the Nordics and Europe. Commercial management experience, experience from strategy processes and business development, in addition to technology and investment understanding, were essential. The solution was a committed leader with strong communication skills and a broad background from telecom/consulting. The candidate showed a particularly good professional starting point for understanding, assessing and concluding on commercial scenarios and models.

HR director :: Culture

Assistance in recruiting for a new HR function to the top management team. The client was the CEO. With big ambitions, strong growth and changes in work processes, there was a need for strategic HR within development of competence, organisation, managers and employees. The solution was a manager with experience both from line management, from building up HR functions, and solid experience of how technology affects work processes, new business opportunities/innovation and collaboration. Curious, open, strong in relationships and cooperative were important personal characteristics.

Board director :: Real estate

Assistance in the search for a board member for a privately owned property developer. We worked on behalf of the owner and chairman of the board. After strong growth, the company is now a site developer in several regions. The competence requirement was up-to-date project and development experience. The solution was a director with extensive experience from property development in both business and housing, and who today works actively with site- and hotels development.

Board chair and directors :: Industry - listed

Assistance in the search for a chair and two directors for a listed company with an industrial portfolio. We worked on behalf of the election committee. The company has expanded the organisation, has lifted the results considerably and has established a structure as a holding company. The CEO is development-oriented and the investment capacity is huge. The composition of expertise in the board should reflect this. The solution was a chairman with solid financial experience from building up business in various industries and countries. One of the directors has industrial background and has led both region and function, as well as had a financial investment experience. The other director has solid financial market experience and a background in strategy work.

Board chairs and directors :: The Oslo municipality

Assistance for searches for chairs and directors in 2022 for companies owned by the municipality.

Board chair and director :: Industry - venture

Assistance in the search for a chair of an entrepreneurial business that was to be industrialised within agriculture. The company had technological confirmation for a product that enables farmers to produce full-fledged fertilizer on the farm and at the same time dramatically reduce emissions of ammonia and methane. The technology is about to be commercialized and the business industrialized. We worked on behalf of the election committee. The competence needed was an experienced manager who had taken new technology internationally. The solution was a chair with considerable experience from business development on the executive level as well as former board positions. The board was also completed with a director with broad, international industrial experience with a particular focus on business development.

Board chair and directors :: Public sector

Assistance in the search for board members for a publicly owned business. Our client was a committee with representatives from three municipalities. The business runs an industrial plant and had ambitions for commercial new business development. We were to search for a chair and two directors. The chair was an experienced leader with background from private and public sector as well as politics. One director had commercial, industrial operational experience and a solid academic background. The second director had industrial business development experience, financial expertise and has helped starting new business within a mature industrial group. The third director had expertise in business management in the private and public sector.

Analyst and energy analyst :: Public sector

Assistance in the search for an analyst and energy analyst to follow up ownership in listed and wholly owned companies. We worked on behalf of the Department Director. The portfolio was growing and there was a need to strengthen both capacity and energy sector knowledge. The desired expertise was from a private ownership environment, a corporate group, a ministry or consultancy. The solution was two employments; an experienced senior with a background from the ministry and a younger resource with consulting background.

Investment Director :: Finance

Assistance in the search for an Investment Director for a life insurance company. We worked on behalf of the CEO and HR partner. The new Investment Director was to further develop asset management and will be responsible for ensuring a solid and competitive return. The group operates in many business areas, and the exchange of expertise and cross-functional collaboration was important. The solution was a candidate with leadership capacity, broad asset management background and corporate experience.

Board director :: Shipping - listed

Assistance in the search for a director for a shipping company about to be listed. We had a mandate from the principal owner / chairman. The company was to take position with a new generation of ships, and the current board was to be supplemented by two new members. The competence requirement for the new director was experience from seeing commercial strategic opportunities in sustainability/circular economy. The solution was an analytically strong director with previous experience as a strategy consultant and a current mandate to define and implement sustainability goals in a blue chip industrial group.

Board director :: Shipping - listed

Assistance in the search for a director for a shipping company about to be listed. We had a mandate from the principal owner / chairman. The company was to take position with a new generation of ships, and the current board was to be supplemented by two new members. The competence requirement for the new director was commercial logistics experience and a good understanding of industrial customers. This search was extended to embrace Sweden, including collaboration with our Swedish partner. The solution was a committed and commercially strong manager from a blue chip industrial group.

Head of Mid-/Backoffice :: Finance

Assistance in the search for a Head of Mid-/Backoffice for a life insurance company. We worked on behalf of the CFO and Director of Investments. Capital under management had grown strongly and the investment department was strengthened. Now there was a need to strengthen the finance department and ensure good quality in valuation, return measurement and back office. The solution was an independent, professional and experienced manager who had particular insight into the pricing of fixed income securities and systems for monitoring investments.

Risk analyst :: Finance

Assistance in recruiting a Risk Analyst for a life insurance company. We worked on behalf of the CRO and CFO. The appointment was part of the strengthening of the finance and risk department, and in particular, the capacity to analyse, monitor and report risks. The area required quantitative strength, a good theoretical understanding of financing and programming skills. The solution was a recently graduated and academically strong candidate, with great interest in the area.

Board director :: Finance

Assistance in the search for a director for a corporate finance advisory company. We worked on behalf of the owner and chair of the board. The company was well established and had grown significantly in recent years. The next phase was to involve setting a clear strategy for the coming generation. The skills required were a good strategic understanding, experience from finance and knowledge of service sales. The solution was a board member with solid financial market experience, experience from strategy work and personal authority.

Asset Managers :: Public sector

Assistance in the search for an Asset Manager to follow up on state ownership in listed and wholly owned companies. We worked on behalf of the Department Director. The portfolio was growing and there was a need to strengthen capacity and expertise. The desired expertise was from a private ownership environment, a larger group or consultancy. The solution was two appointments; an experienced senior with a background in Nordic financial advisory work and a younger resource with experience from ministries, politics and investor relations.

Project Director :: Real estate

Search for a project director for a property company focusing on office properties near communication hubs in Oslo. The project director was to lead a portfolio with dedicated project managers and projects in all phases. The solution was a candidate with broad project management experience, including experience from complex rehabilitation projects. The candidate was commited to urban development focusing on environmental and social sustainability. Good implementation power and ability to find solutions to complex problems, was important personal qualities.

Investment Director :: Finance

Assistance in the search for an Investment Director for a pension fund. We worked on behalf of the CEO. The business showed good results, and capital under management was growing. The new Investment Director was to further develop the mandate and ensure a solid and competitive return for a growing portfolio. This involved further developing strategic and tactical management and the investment department. The solution was a candidate with great capacity, extensive market experience and an active asset management style.

Portfolio manager interest rates and FX :: Finance

Assistance in the employment of portfolio manager, interest rates and FX for a life insurance company. We worked on behalf of the Director of Investments and Head of Interest and FX. With a larger portfolio, it was necessary to create new roles with clearer areas of responsibility. The focus of the position was liquidity management and currency hedging of the portfolios, as well as analysis and reporting. The solution was an experienced candidate with good collaboration skills and a background in market analysis and interest rate management.

Business controller, Real Estate :: Finance

Assistance in employment for a life insurance company. We worked on behalf of the Director of Investments and Director of Real Estate Investments. The business had a large property portfolio, and needed to strengthen the team. The business controller should contribute with investment analyses and follow-up of the portfolio. The solution was an analytically strong and autonomous candidate with experience from corporate finance and transactions, and a desire to work in a team-oriented manner with portfolio development.

Investment manager, Real Estate :: Finance

Assistance in the search for an Investment manager Real Estate for a life insurance company. We worked on behalf of the Director of Investments and Director of Real Estate Investments. The business had a large property portfolio, and needed to strengthen the team. The investment manager should contribute to further developing and adapting the property portfolio for the best possible return. The solution was a candidate with strong theoretical back ground and investment expertise from both direct investments and listed papers in real estate, from corporate finance and portfolio management.

Analyst :: Finance

Assistance in employment for a fund management company with a focus on Real Estate. We worked on behalf of the CEO and CFO/COO. Capital under management had grown extensively and attracted several international institutional investors. There was now a need to strengthen capacity within analysis and market reporting. The solution was an analytically sharp person with a solid education and a couple of years' experience from auditing.

Board chairs and directors :: The Oslo municipality

Assistance for searches for chair and directors in 2021 for companies owned by the municipality.

Vice president projects and development :: Real estate

Support in the search for a vice president of projects and development at a company which develops commercial properties close to communication hubs in the Oslo area. The client was the CEO. The new vice president will be responsible for developing new and existing properties, and for ensuring that every phase in the company’s project portfolio is planned and executed to the agreed schedule, quality and profitability. The solution was a candidate who possesses solid commercial experience and a clear owner perspective. With solid experience from several sides of the table and a sound background from negotiation, management and broad-based collaboration, this person will make a strong contribution to the management team.

Board director :: Real estate

Support in the search for a director at a privately owned property developer. We worked on behalf of the owner and the chair. After sharp growth, the company is now a greenfield developer in several regions. The core requirements for a director were innovation, urbanisation and urban development. New directors will also provide modernisation and a forward-looking perspective. The solution was a director with an international technology background and a current job centrally positioned in a development environment.

Portfolio manager equities :: Finance

Support in the search for a portfolio manager to handle equity funds at a newly established banking/finance group. The assignment was on behalf of the investment manager and the CFO. A candidate was required with solid equity expertise and a good grasp of risk. The solution was an experienced equities manager who had worked both with an active equities mandate and on factor management. In addition, they were good at collaboration across hierarchies and disciplines.

CEO :: Finance

Support in the search for a CEO at a banking/finance business. The assignment was on behalf of the owner/chair. The business has expanded sharply and the current CEO was to transfer to a role as investment vice president. Further development of the organisation was necessary. The solution was an experienced candidate who had built enterprises earlier and who was good at business development both conceptually and practically.

CEO :: Family office

Support in the search for a CEO at a family office with its primary commitment in property. The business faces a change of generations, and the owners in the forthcoming generation want to contribute at board level. Restructuring and organisational renewal were required. The solution was an executive strong on relationships, with substantial experience and a good track record from property investment and development.

Project/development vice president :: Real estate

Support in the search for a project/development vice president at a large property company. The client was the CEO. The company has big growth ambitions. A new leader was to contribute to urban and greenfield development aimed at developing desirable properties with high profitability in close collaboration with the rest of the team. The focus was on managing, developing and executing projects in Norway and internationally. The solution was a candidate with extensive management experience and interest in people, and a background from the contractor side in managing complex development projects.

Board director :: Real estate

Support in the search for a director at a privately owned property developer. We worked on behalf of the owner and the chair. After sharp growth, the company is now a greenfield developer in several regions.  The expertise required was a good track record in investment assessment and portfolio expansion. New directors will also provide modernisation and a forward-looking perspective. The solution was a director with experience from building up their own property business.

Vice president operations and marketĀ  :: Real estate

Support in the search for a vice president operations and market to join a property company. The company develops commercial property close to communication hubs in the Oslo area. The client was the CEO. The new vice president was to contribute to growth in and development of the portfolio through customer-tailored and innovative operation and letting, to continue developing collaboration with external property managers, and to lead their own team. The solution was a candidate with an ingrained owner perspective and a focus on value creation. With solid experience of managing commercial property, team leadership, negotiations and partner collaboration, this candidate was ready for a place in a management group.

Digital development manager/CDO :: Retail

Support in the search for a digital development manager/CDO at a leading event arena. We worked on behalf of the CEO. Commercial understanding, strategic focus and customer perspective, combined with a broad technological overview, were crucial for contributing to continued development of the company. The solution was a candidate with a background from IT consulting and the finance sector, and experience of heading complex technology development projects which involved building and leading teams with in-house and external resources.

Board directors :: Industry

Support in the search for directors at a privately owned industrial park. We worked on behalf of the owner and chair. The industrial park is developing from being part of an industrial group to becoming an attractive location for a mix of manufacturing and small development companies. The expertise required was the ability to assess business cases plus a concentration on profitability. Management experience from industry with a focus on business development as also sought. The solution was two directors – one with long and extensive experience from a private equity environment and the other with broad international experience focused particularly on business development.

Finance manager :: Family office

Support in an advertised process to recruit a finance manager for a family office with several priority areas. We worked on behalf of the CFO and CEO. The company is growing, and the role has been newly created to improve capacity and expertise. The solution was a candidate with great capacity, experience from the mid-office function and a substantial social commitment.

Investment vice president :: Family office

Support in the search for an investment vice president to serve in a family office. We worked on behalf of the CEO and in understanding with the owner. The investment vice president is responsible for ensuring good returns across asset classes, given a set of risk constraints. The solution was a candidate with broad investment experience from different asset classes and investment teams at home and abroad.

Board chairs and directors :: The Oslo municipality

Assistance for searches for chairs and directors in 2022 for companies owned by the municipality.

CEO :: Tourism

Assistance in the search for a CEO of a luxury niche hotel. The client was the owner and chair of the board. The business is well known in the market, and needs a boost in profitability and improvement of operations. A clear strategic positioning was important and a boost in B2B sales and conceptualisation necessary. The solution was a warm and energetic young manager with hotel director experience and a background in improving profitability in a hotel chain.

Board chairs and directors :: The Oslo municipality

Assistance for searches for chairs and directors in 2019 for companies owned by the municipality.

Board director :: Finance - listed

Support in the search to elect a director for a listed financial institution. We worked on behalf of the nomination committee, which wanted a director with a combination of sector knowledge and digital/technology expertise. The solution was a leader with broad IT/technology experience from the banking/finance business.

CFO :: Finance

Support in the search for a CFO for a globally oriented enterprise at the interface between finance and technology. Our client was the CEO. This newly established role was focused on developing the finance function in line with company growth and on establishing new business areas. The solution was a candidate who possesses broad knowledge of the sector, combined with international experience from finance and consultancy roles both on the company side and from auditing/consulting.

Vice president business development :: Retail

 Support in the search for a vice president business development for a nationwide specialist retail chain. Our client was the CEO. The role was newly established with the aim of helping to strengthen the chain’s position by enhancing its ability to innovate and deliver. The solution had a consultant profile with a solid knowledge of retail and experience of leading extensive strategy and innovation processes in this sector.

Business developer :: Retail

Support in an advertised process to fill a role at the interface between controlling and business development aimed at continuing to develop the market and concepts for the Norwegian arm of a market-leading Nordic group. The solution was a committed and ambitious candidate with solid accounting expertise, experience of negotiations, and understanding of developing categories and profitability in retailing.

Risk/performance analyst :: Finance

Support in an advertised process to fill a key role at a fund manager. We worked on behalf of the business-area manager, and entrenched with the CEO. This role was newly established in order to strengthen capacity and expertise. The solution was a team-oriented candidate with heavyweight theoretical ballast.

Board director :: Media - listed

Support in the search for a director for a listed media company. We worked on behalf of the nomination committee. The company has ambitions for business development through digitalisation, and the expertise represented on the board was to reflect this. The solution was an experienced company director with a background in publishing as well as digitalisation expertise.

Investment analyst :: Finance :: Real estate

Support in an advertised process to identify an investment analyst for a management company with the focus on funds making direct investments in real estate and shipping/offshore. We worked on behalf of the CEO. The company’s funds under management are increasing sharply, and it needs more capacity. The analyst will perform analyses and calculations for new and existing projects, and contribute to market work. The solution was a team-oriented candidate with great capacity and good results from international education and auditing.

Board directors :: Industry - listed

Support in the search for two directors for a listed company with the focus on industry. We worked on behalf of the nomination committee. The next generation is in place on the board and attention will be concentrated in the time to come on structuring ownership and business development. A new management has recently been put in place, and investment capacity is substantial. The expertise represented on the board was to reflect this. The solution was a director with experience from established private equity activities and broad management experience from industrial operations.

Commercial vice president :: Real estate

Support in the search for a commercial vice president of a financial property company. Our clients were the CEO and the HR department. Core duties would be to maximise the return on the property portfolio, with responsibility for establishing and developing strong customer relations and ensuring good technical management. The solution was an ambitious executive who was strong on implementation and had solid experience with complex projects on the broker side.

Project and development vice president :: Real estate

Support in the search for a project and development vice president for a financial property player. Our mandate was on behalf of the CEO and the HR department. The enterprise had a substantial portfolio of complex development projects which were due to start up, and the requirement was for somebody able to lead this activity. The solution was a candidate with broad experience from the property market on the contractor and construction client side, and who could be a strong and inspiring leader for an able professional team.

Director :: Academia

Support for the recruitment of a director for a newly established research institution. Our mandate was on behalf of the board. Core duties would be to establish the institution as a scientifically strong and attractive environment for basic research, with stable financing and relevant projects. The solution was a leader with leading-edge professional expertise, a long research career and a commitment to creating a good working environment.

Head of R&D :: Life sciences

Support in the search for a head of R&D in a business belonging to an active owner. Our mandate was from the CEO. The company was previously part of a larger enterprise with production abroad. After the sale of the main business, attention was directed at continued commercialisation of a patented technology – a critical phase for R&D. The solution was a solid executive with experience from start-up companies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Board director :: Industry - listed

Support in the search for a director for a listed industrial company. We worked on behalf of the nomination committee. The company is in an early industrialisation phase, and a major shareholder had recently sold out. The expertise composition of the board was to reflect a breadth of industrial experience and solid financial understanding. The solution was a candidate with extensive boardroom experience and broad experience of working internationally with investment banking, consultancy and leadership of an active M&A unit in a listed company.

Board chair :: Finance - listed

Support in the search for the chair of a listed bank. We worked on behalf of the nomination committee. The bank wanted both to take a clearer position on business development and to be a natural first choice for private banking customers in its region. The solution was an experienced financial executive with solid technological expertise related to the region.

Board chair and director :: Industry - listed

Support in the search for a chair and director for a listed industrial company. We worked on behalf of the nomination committee. The company has several business areas in different phases and with varying market conditions. The expertise composition of the board was intended to reflect this. The solution was an experienced and commercially oriented chair with strong industrial experience and a director with sector experience and a background in innovation.

IT vice president :: Retail

Support in the search for an IT vice president for a specialist retail chain. We worked on behalf of the CEO and the HR department. Logistics and IT are critical for the business, and strategic IT expertise and experience of change management were key requirements. The solution was a candidate with experience from both operations/development and a logistics-intensive sector.

Board chair and directors :: Industry

Support in the search for a chair and two directors for an industrial enterprise. We worked on behalf of the owner. The company has ambitions to expand through acquisitions and business development based on digitalisation, and the expertise composition of the board was to reflect this. The solution was a chair with a background in several sectors and international leadership experience. The two directors contribute solid experience of digitalisation and M&A/finance respectively.

CFO :: Retail

Support in the search for a CFO to join a retail enterprise with major property development projects. We worked on behalf of the CEO. The new CFO was to head management teams for developing commercial property and sites, as well as leading and further developing a finance unit including accounting and analysis/controlling. The solution was a candidate with broad CFO experience on the property side, who had both built up finance units earlier and substantial financing experience.

Candidate evaluations :: IT

A Norwegian software company has expanded sharply since its creation, and ranks today as a leading international player. We are supporting it with candidate evaluations, including expertise for junior posts. Attention is concentrated on such issues as potential, ambitions, stability, ability to delivery, and match with the corporate culture.

Regional vice president mid-Norway :: Public sector

Support for recruiting a vice president with responsibility for mid-Norway. The client was the CEO. This enterprise comprises highly competent specialists. The first phase in an extensive change process has been completed, with the focus on organisation, to secure service availability and strengthen collaboration with the first line and other players. Change work is continuing, and the new executive will occupy a key position as regional head and part of the national management team. The solution was an executive with good knowledge of the sector and various levels of management. The candidate was an experienced project manager with strong relationship-building qualities and solid experience of change management.

CEO :: Family office

Support in the search for a CEO for a family office which is involved in a change of generations. The business has been built up to hold a large portfolio with broad exposure and varying levels of risk. A strengthening of the board was followed by a clarification of the CEO role. The solution was a chief executive with management experience from the capital market and solid investment expertise.

Head of regulatory affairs :: Life sciences

Support for recruiting a head of regulatory affairs for a pharmaceutical company. Criteria for the role concentrated on heavyweight technical experience combined with a business orientation and the ability to see constructive solutions. The new executive chosen was a candidate with extensive experience from both the pharmaceutical industry and public service.

CEO :: Retail

Support in the search for a CEO to develop the market and concepts for a large exhibition and meeting-place organiser. The solution was an ambitious executive with experience of developing concepts in a number of sectors and solid experience from relationship sales and sponsorship work.

Board chairs and directors :: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and other ministries

Support in the search for board chairs and directors in 2016 for companies which are state-owned and have commercial objectives.

CFO :: Shipping

Support in the search for a CFO for a shipping company focused on an industrial shipping segment. The clients were the CEO and chair. The business had not had a dedicated person in this role before, but a forthcoming change of generations made it necessary. The criterion for the role is financing for the existing fleet and forthcoming newbuildings. Recruited from the shipping industry, the candidate had broad and heavyweight financial experience.

Portfolio Manager, Equities :: Finance

Support in the search for a share portfolio manager required by a life insurance company to strengthen its capacity for active asset management of equities. The clients were the CEO and the vice president HR. The business has achieved good performance  with an overall portfolio which has grown substantially. In addition to equities, in-house management covers bonds and real estate. Expanding capacity and expertise to cover sustainable investments, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility was important. The candidate was an experienced equities portfolio manager with a good track record and a background in active ownership.

Manager institutional clients :: Finance

Support for the process of putting in place a new manager for institutional clients in a capital management company. The clients were the CEO and the HR partner. Today’s manager was to move to a new role, and their successor would continue managing a Nordic team which covers an organisation in Sweden. Criteria for the role were heavyweight professional expertise in order to confer credibility in an institutional environment and solid management experience to continue developing the team and delivering solid results. The chosen candidate has long experience from institutional sales.

Board chair :: Finance

Support in the search for the chair of a fund management company which forms part of a large group involved in shipping/offshore and real estate. The management business has expanded rapidly, and wanted a contribution in an exciting strategic phase. The solution was a very experienced executive with broad expertise in various asset classes and experience of taking positions in an internationally competitive market.

CEO :: Retail

Support in the search to find a CEO for a large player in the event sector. This enterprise had completed the first phase of a change process and had big ambitions in digitalisation and development of concepts, markets and customers. The solution was a committed executive with solid experience from sales and implementing change processes. The candidate came from a sector which has made considerable progress in combining physical and digital interfaces.

General secretary :: NGO

Support in recruiting the general secretary for a trade union. This organisation had been run by the same person for many years, and had just acquired new offices. Key tasks for the new leader would be renewal on the structure/system side, creating good collaboration with natural partners, raising the external profile and ensuring attractive and useful services for members in the years to come. The solution was a candidate with good relationship skills and technological expertise.

Vice president :: Finance

Support in the search for a deputy CEO with a special professional area of responsibility at a bank/financial institution. The role was newly created, and the client was a representative for the owners. Criteria for the new role were to follow up a particular area of the business and to continue developing this in cooperation with the unit and the board. The solution was a clever and knowledgeable candidate with good relationship skills, who contributes close follow-up, professional development and good collaboration.

Board chairs and directors :: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and other ministries

Support in the search for board chairs and directors in 2015 for companies which are state-owned and have commercial objectives.

Board director :: Finance

Support in the search for a director to serve on the board of a family office which is involved in a change of generations. The founder has built up the business into a large portfolio with broad exposure and varying levels of risk. The solution was a knowledgeable and experienced candidate with a background in managing a solid private portfolio divided between various asset classes.

Chain vice president :: Retail

Support in the search for a chain vice president for a nationwide chain of specialist retail stores. The client was the CEO. The core job was to position and continue development of the chain through a focus on concepts, brands and solid operation. The solution was a committed leader who was strong on implementation and had solid experience with chain building and operation.

Investment Director :: Finance

After a restructuring in a major financial institution, one of the vice president roles was split. We supported the search for a new vice president. The client was the CEO and the staff vice president for the relevant business area. Attention in the new role was to be concentrated on detailed specification and implementation of a new strategic direction for the investment division. The solution was a committed and ambitious leader with a solid track record in continued development of an investment team.

Secretary-general :: NGO

Support in recruiting a general secretary to continue developing this interest organisation in the academic sector. The client was the board. The organisation works on behalf of educational institutions to interface with central government and international fora. The solution was a leader with clear ambitions and extensive experience of the knowledge sector and of working nationally and internationally.

Regional vice president :: Public sector

Support in recruiting a vice president with responsibility for south-east Norway, the largest region in th country. The client was the CEO. The enterprise has a large proportion of highly competent personnel. Extensive change processes are taking place, with attention focused on organisation to ensure service availability and to strengthen collaboration with the first line and other players. The solution was a leader well acquainted with the enterprise’s disciplines who also possessed solid experience of change processes and the local government sector.

Vice president for quality of studies :: Academia

Support in recruiting an area vice president for an educational institution. Key duties were quality and process improvement, change management and digitisation. The solution was a committed leader who was strong on implementation, with broad experience of the sector as well as solid expertise in leading complex projects to develop and implement new work processes and innovative technology.

Adviser :: Finance

Support in recruiting an adviser for a consultancy. The client was the CEO. In addition to forming part of the client team, key jobs involved producing preparatory analyses and continuing the development of tools, systems and processes. The solution was a candidate who combined analytic strength, commitment and ambition with great interest in figures and the commercial field.

Vice president operations :: Life sciences

Support in recruiting a vice president operations for a business in the life science sector. Commissioned by the CEO and vice president human resources. Requirements were for production to be streamlined and made more efficient, Lean to be introduced and benchmarking adopted for process flow. The solution was a heavyweight leader from the process industry with substantial experience of staking out strategies and implementing cost-efficiency measures.

Vice president quality assurance :: Life sciences

Support in recruiting a vice president quality assurance for a business in the life science sector. Commissioned by the CEO and vice president human resources. The quality sector needed reorganising and extensive strategic expertise to be provided. The solution was an experienced leader with solid experience from the industry, the QA field, international operations and development projects.

Vice president marketing/brand :: Real estate

Support in searching for a vice president marketing/brand for a property development company. The client was the chief executive. Core tasks were to develop concepts, build brands and contribute a solid decision base through analysis as well as consumer and customer insight. The solution was an ambitious leader who was strong on execution and had a broad marketing background from product and concept development, analysis, and process and project management.

Vice president residential property :: Real estate

Support in searching for a vice president residential property for a property development company. The client was the chief executive. The focus was on commercial management of an extensive housing development in one of Oslo’s new suburbs. Its new head would contribute to concept development and sales roll-out, and cooperate with the rest of the team in development work. The solution was a leader with broad experience from residential property development throughout the value chain.

Portfolio manager property funds :: Finance

Support in recruiting a portfolio manager for property funds in the banking/finance sector. The client was the investment vice president. A candidate was required with sound experience from the property market who was able to produce independent assessments and contribute to sparing in the investment team. The solution was an independent and analytic candidate with broad experience from the property sector.

CFO :: Life sciences

Support in recruiting the CFO for a life science company with active owners and ambitious growth plans. Role change from a controller with responsibility for accounting to a CFO with an analytic and advisory focus. The solution was a clear candidate with established CFO experience and a background from sectors with a focus on cash flow and narrow margins.

Senior portfolio managers, global shares :: Finance

Support in recruiting senior PMs for banking/finance. Assignment on behalf of the chief executive and human resources department. Candidates were required with the ability to make independent investment proposals, and contribute to sparring in the investment team. The solution was two free-thinking and committed PMs with solid educational backgrounds and a good track record of dealing with broad, independent mandates.

Portfolio manager, Nordic equities :: Finance

Support in recruiting a PM for a finance institution. Assignment on behalf of the vice president investment. A candidate was required with the ability to make independent investment proposals, and contribute to sparring in the investment team. The solution was a self-motivated person with strong analytical abilities, who had broad experience from various roles in the capital market.

Chief accountant :: Industry

Support in searching for and choosing a chief accountant for a fairly new industrial company with an entrepreneurial character and big growth plans. This person was to establish a customer relationship management (CRM) system to ensure good control of operations. The solution was a clear candidate with broad corporate accounting experience from internationally oriented organisations. This person had worked in capital-intensive industry and contributed earlier to organisational development.

Portfolio manager, global equities :: Finance

Support in searching for and choosing a PM for a finance institution. Assignment on behalf of the chief executive and human resources department. A candidate was required with the ability to make independent investment proposals, and contribute to sparring in the investment team. The solution was a resourceful and committed analyst with experience from both sell and buy sides.

HR vice president :: Life sciences

Support in searching for a human resources vice president with strategic focus and experience. The enterprise wanted to put in place systems and structures, and to support line management at all levels with expertise: recruitment, development and phasing out. The chosen candidate already had solid experience from branded businesses involved in change and development.

Head of corporate HR :: Public sector

Support in evaluating candidates for the post of departmental head for human resources in a key expertise unit. In addition to leading and developing their own team, key duties for the successful candidate were strengthening internal customer relations and continuing to develop the range of services for organisational and management development in line with the group’s strategy.

Secretary-general :: NGO

Support in recruiting a secretary-general for a labour organisation. Important issues were development and future positioning. The role required experience of change management and expertise in labour relations policies. Being able to provide a sense of direction, develop collaborative relationships and manage demanding processes were crucial for success in the role. The solution was an executive with solid experience of labour relations policies, strategy processes and change work.

CEO :: Real estate

Support in recruiting the chief executive for a property development company. The focus was on further commercial development of the potential in the land bank, and on contributing to good cooperation with government and other stakeholders in the area. The solution was a leader with stature and weight, who was accustomed to collaborating widely and putting good solutions in place both internally and externally.

CEO :: Academia

Support in recruiting the chief executive for an educational institution. The role involved collaborating well with the academic side, the owners, the business community and international partners. The solution was a leader with an international focus who was accustomed to collaborating broadly, and who had solid experience of change processes and brand building.

Board director :: Family office

Support in recruiting a director for a family office. The focus for the company was establishing a new investment firm for one branch of a family which had previously been part of a collective financial management. Our mandate was to find a candidate with integrity and solid experience from investment and capital allocation. The solution was a wise, independent and clear leader, who originally worked operatively with a number of asset classes but has paid greater attention in recent years to an overall and strategic perspective.

Communications manager :: Academia

Support in evaluating candidates for the role of communications manager. Significant requirements included strategic advice for the chief executive and the management team, promoting the business and team management. The solution was a socially committed and enthusiastic communicator with good knowledge of the sector and the ability to identify relevant angles.

Board director :: ICT - listed

A group with international operations wanted to enhance its board by recruiting a strategically strong candidate who was familiar with technology convergence. Existing directors were already profiled as experienced players, so it was important that the new candidate possessed a sufficiently strong reputation to carry weight. The solution was a seasoned consultant with a knowledgeable and experienced profile.

Senior vice president :: Academia

Support in identifying the leader of a division which accounted for 40 per cent of turnover, and which had substantial growth potential. It needed to grow internationally and strengthen its brand in global competition. The solution was an enthusiastic, curious, strategically-strong executive with a solid brand background and experience from turnaround processes.

Management audit :: Industry

Support in evaluating the expertise of executives in an industrial company with several business areas, with the line manager and the human resources department as the client. Through a reorganisation of the group, considerably more room for manoeuvre was being accorded to divisional heads. It was necessary to clarify which candidates would fill the expanded roles and what they might need in terms of personal development to ensure that this decentralisation had the desired effect.

CEO :: Finance

Support in the search for and selection of a new chief executive for an investment bank, with the chair as the client. A setting dominated by specialists with strong personalities called for a unifying leader with solid credibility to unleash the latent potential in the business. The solution was an executive with great competence in building relationships, who came from a heavyweight industrial environment.

Vice president sales :: FMCG

Search for a sales vice president to be responsible for chain negotiations in a fast-moving consumer goods enterprise, and to lead/continue developing its key account manager organisation. Considerable complexity combined with tough demands and ambitious goals demanded energy, capacity, and solid experience from and knowledge of FMCG. The solution was an executive with a direct manner and great expertise in building relationships, who was also good at getting things done.

Senior adviser M&A :: Finance

An international group with various divisions wanted to strengthen its mergers and acquisitions unit. The client was the line manager and the human resources department. An experience adviser from an investment bank was sought. The solution became a candidate with established adviser experience from a Scandinavian investment bank, who was motivated to contribute to future progress.

Vice president distribution :: FMCG

Support in evaluating internal and external candidates for a key and newly created executive role in a fast-moving consumer goods enterprise. Developing this strategically important business area called for good process understanding, an ability to get things done, strong negotiating skills and the ability to collaborate. The solution was an enthusiastic, fearless and strategically strong logistics manager from a nationwide retailing business.

Finance manager :: IT

A reorganisation gave the company greater responsibility for its own treasury operations and the financing of its own balance sheet. An evaluation of the competence in the rest of the CFO organisation showed that the most important requirement was to obtain investment and financing expertise. The solution was an executive with experience of the private equity sector, who was motivated to work in a larger and more mature business.

Director :: Finance

A Nordic group with various divisions wanted to balance its board by recruiting Norwegian directors. With different local markets in focus, achieving a breadth of expertise was imperative. The solution was an experienced and solid candidate, who was able to communicate and to stand for their own views.

CEO :: Energy

A well-established industrial enterprise was forming a separate company on the basis of innovative technology. Generating enthusiasm for this risky new commitment in a traditional company was important. The solution was a committed candidate with solid management experience and a background from business development in a big group.

Vice president communications :: Finance

The enterprise was going to appoint a new vice president for communications who would play the role of strategic adviser to the CEO and head an established team. While the executive role had been identified as important, experience from the media was considered critical. The solution was a brisk and fearless leader with solid expertise in building relationships and broad communication experience.

Vice president business development :: Industry

In a constantly changing market, the company continuously assessed the purchase and sale of other businesses. Our mandate was to identify highly qualified candidates with transaction experience able to work well in a complex organisation. The solution was a candidate who already had experience from an industrial enterprise and who had also worked on the consultancy side.

CEO :: FMCG

Support in seeking a chief executive for the subsidiary of a food manufacturer. The need was for renewal/innovation and for strengthening the brand and market position. The solution was an executive with strong marketing qualifications as well as the ability to involve others and to inspire self-confidence and enthusiasm in those around them.

Vice president marketing :: Culture

Support in recruiting to a newly created, commercially oriented post in a professional team. The ability to redefine brand content and generate new income in collaboration with the existing staff were important requirements. The solution was a team-oriented candidates with the ability to think innovatively, and with expertise and experience from market-oriented roles in an industry company.

CFO :: Culture

Support in recruiting a CFO for an enterprise experiencing extensive change. Good management and reporting systems needed to be established as tools for further development of the business. The solution was a highly qualified economist with good executive potential, who was able to “translate” numbers into specific activities and solutions.

CEO :: Culture

Support in recruiting a chief executive for an enterprise with great international significance, which needed to strengthen its collaboration with the business community and boost its global exposure. The solution was a leader who was strong on communication and had experience of generating new projects and collaboration across cultural fields, nationally and internationally.

CEO :: Academia

Support in recruiting chief executives for several players in the academic field. Increased competition and stronger demands for a “return” created clear requirements for profitability, student throughput and research output. The solution was leaders who were good at getting things done, who were knowledgeable about the sector and who had the ability to drive change processes.

Management audit :: Academia

Support in evaluating executives at the second and third levels. In connection with a strategic revamp, attention had focused on clear leadership, employee development and reduced administration. Clarification involved the way candidates would fill redefined roles, and what they might need in terms of personal and professional development to grow into these roles.

Vice president customer development :: Academia

Support in seeking a head of the customer development team. The focus was on growth in a global market. With international players strong, a need existed to expand capacity and realise potential. The solution was a fearless candidate with strong analytical abilities and language skills, who had wide international experience, a relevant consultancy background and good management potential.

Senior vice president :: FMCG

Support in seeking a leader for the largest business area in this fast-moving consumer goods enterprise. Organisational changes were planned in order to clarify profitability and results. Important aspects of the job involved leading change work in the division and making a good contribution to the overall results. The solution was a young, well qualified and development-oriented executive from a large enterprise in the same sector.

CFO :: Retail

Support in seeking a CFO for the Norwegian arm of a private equity-owned specialist retail chain. The job included implementing better management systems and forging good contacts between stores and head office and between Norway and the corporate management. The solution was a CFO familiar with IT who had a background in the retail sector and the ability to converse easily with people.

CEO :: Retail

Support in seeking a chief executive for a specialist retail chain. The business had experienced frequent changes in recent years, and also faced a possible switch of owner. That created a need to establish a sense of security and predictability, and to keep attention concentrated on sales, development and results despite the unrest. The solution was an experienced and fearless chief executive with a direct manner and solid knowledge of the product range, store development and operation of retail outlets.

Vice president communications :: Energy

Search for a communications vice president for a nationwide business with projects in Norway and abroad. The job called for strategic advice to top management and the need to structure internal and external communication. The solution was an executive who combined heavyweight energy expertise with experience of journalism and energy policy.

CFO :: FMCG

Support in a search sparked by the decision to change from a financial controller with responsibility for accounting to a CFO with a broad, strategic and advisory focus. The solution was a financial executive with experience from retail economics, profitability assessments, finance and chain development.

Director :: FMCG

Commissioned by the owner to support the search for two directors of a business with long traditions. Change processes created a particular need for financial competence and knowledge of mergers and acquisitions. The solution was one director with a background in consulting and as a CFO, and another with a background in consulting and top manager. Both had experience from M&A processes.

CEO :: Life sciences

Support in the search for and selection of a new CEO for a privately owned Norwegian business in the life science field, with the board as the client. This company had long had the same chief executive, and a number of changes were needed. The solution was an enthusiastic leader with great ability in building relationships and broad experience from the industry.

Senior vice presidents :: Finance

Support for the process of selecting two divisional vice presidents in the banking/finance sector, with the line manager and human resources department as the client. One of the divisions needed restructuring and its professional capabilities enhanced, while the other required continuous further development. The solution was a blend of solid professional skills as a basis for both choices, with management capacity and personality determining the final selection.

COO :: ICT

Search for the COO of a private equity-owned software company. Nordic growth called for additional executive capacity and a focus on implementing management systems and operations as well as continued growth. The solution was an executive with experience from company development, IT consulting and sales management.

Senior vice presidents :: Life sciences

Support in searching for and selecting two business area heads for a privately owned Norwegian business in the life science field, with the CEO as the client. The company’s two divisions were in different phases. While one was to be further developed to improve profitability, the other required a renewal and increased innovation. The solution was a solid, business-oriented operations head for the first unit, and an experienced, forward-looking and enthusiastic marketing leader for the second.

Divisional vice president :: Industry

Support in the search for and choice of a new divisional vice president in an industrial company, with the line manager and the human resources department as the client. The focus for the company was on operational efficiency and innovation in an industrial sector characterised by pressure on margins. The solution was an experienced international manager with a solid business grasp and good experience of union-management collaboration.

CIO :: Finance

Support in the search for and choice of investment vice president for a banking/finance enterprise, with the CEO as the client. The need was for continuing development, systematising processes and ensuring a good level of professional capabilities. The solution was a strong leader with good verbal skills, a solid professional basis and operational experience.

CFO :: Energy

Support in searching for and selecting a new CFO for an energy company, with the CEO and human resources department as the client. The company represents a capital-intensive business where overall balance-sheet financing is crucial. The solution was an executive with experience in the financial field and broad knowledge of the industry.

Reference assignments are completed in KinderStiff Consulting and with former employer.

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