Dalibor Šajar

“With HR Partners I have found somebody with the capability
to listen and the ability to judge my talent and my competencies.”

Dalibor Šajar, Director of Segment Marketing and Digital Distribution, CSOB Bank
CSOB Bank is a leading retail bank in the Czech Republic.

Radka Kuzicová

‘’I value HR Partners‘ exclusive and individual approach – especially when it comes to discretion and confidentiality.’’

Radka Kuzicová, Chief Real Estate Officer, RSBC Group
RSBC Group is an asset management firm based in the Czech Republic.

Elias Drakopoulos

‘’HR Partners has a very strong and rare value to us: they take the time to find people
that will fit into our culture and who share the same values.”

Elias Drakopoulos,
Managing Director Central and Eastern Europe, Business Lease
Business Lease is a European leader in the operational leasing industry

Michal Zamec

“The biggest difference between HR Partners and other headhunters is that they really understand our business.”’

Michal Zamec, Founder, Notino
Notino is a European online beauty retailer

Silvia Patrová

“Thanks to their global focus and international experience, HR Partners truly understand the kind of talent luxury goods companies really need.”

Silvia Patrová, Store Manager, Bvlgari
Bvlgari is an iconic Italian jewelry brand

INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE SEARCH

We are international headhunters working across Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Europe.
More digital, more multicultural, more European: we are HR Partners International Executive Search.

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European countries
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International executives recruited over the past seventeen years

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The HR Partners' corporate video.

We go where you go

The ultimate in international presence: flexible and instantly responsive, we go where your business needs us.
Below, Europe’s finest roles, recently filled by us with Europe’s finest managers.

Western Europe

Belgium
France
Germany
Netherlands
Spain
United Kingdom

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Southern Europe

Bulgaria
Croatia
Romania
Serbia
Slovenia
Turkey

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Central Europe

Austria
Czech Republic
Hungary
Poland
Slovakia
Switzerland

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Eastern Europe

Estonia
Finland
Latvia
Lithuania
Russia
Ukraine

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The world is our office – so wherever you are, we’ll meet you there.
We match globally-minded executives with their dream roles.
Here are their stories.

We find you
where you are

Karolína Zelená
Karolína Zelená
Mihai Nodea
Mihai Nodea
Marta Nunvarová
Marta Nunvarová
Veronika Zupkova
Veronika Zupková
Julius Hrasko
Julius Hrasko
Natalja Sidorova
Natalja Sidorova
Jitka Schmiedova
Jitka Schmiedova
Anna Wolska
Anna Wolska
Emil Kovac
Emil Kovac
Joachim Dehmel
Aurelie Hugonnier
Alexander Montchovsky
HR Partners: we bring you together

We bring you
together

Our entrepreneurial insight, attention to detail and true professionalism result in a powerful meeting of minds. Let our clients tell you more about their experience working with us.

Jean-François Ott
Jean-François Ott
Chairman, Ott Properties
PRAGUE

“I entrusted Philippe Riboton with the recruitment of our key managers across Europe because I believe he has not only the ability to identify the skills that we needed, but also the capability to interact with me and execute my vision.

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Simply said, Philippe has been almost like our outsourced Human Resources Director during both our years of international expansion and the critical years of restructuring.”

A graduate in Finance and Economics from the Political Sciences Institute in Grenoble, Mr. Ott founded Orco Property Group SA in 1991 and remained its Chairman and CEO for the next 23 years as Orco became one of the largest property companies in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2015 Mr Ott founded Ott Properties, a European development and asset management group with a current portfolio of properties in Prague, Paris and Berlin.

Anne-Marie Saez
Anne-Marie Saez
CFO, Corporate & Holdings, Publicis Group
PARIS

“Philippe Riboton has been working on several assignments for the Thuasne Group. In particular, I have worked with Philippe for the recruitment of a Regional Finance Manager for the UK and the Nordics.

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I have been impressed by the high level of his professionalism, his proactivity in the follow-up of the process and his interactive communication between our organization (both at the corporate and the local level) and the candidates.”

A graduate in Finance and Economics from Paris Dauphine University and French chartered accountant, Mrs Saez started her career as a Senior Manager with the audit firm Mazars. Since 2012, she has held several positions as Deputy CFO in a Group under LBOand CFO in a Belgian port terminal operator before joining Thuasne, a recognized manufacturer and distributor of medical devices, in 2017 as Group CFO. Since 2020 she’s CFO Corporate & Holdings with Publicis Groupe in Paris.

Eric De Ladoucette
Eric De Ladoucette
Former General Manager, Edenred Turkey
PARIS

„Since 2010 Philippe Riboton has sourced for us senior executives (members of the local executive committee, especially in sales marketing and strategy) both in Central Europe and – since 2013 – in Turkey.

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His main quality is to give his own perspective: Philippe focuses on the personality and the fit with our organization of the shortlisted candidates, which is very valuable and rare in this sector, even from the top international headhunters.”

A graduate from Insead business school in France Mr De Ladoucette started his career as a Senior Auditor before joining Accor Services, a division of Accor Group. He later on took the responsibility of Operations Director in the UK and grew to the CFO role – first in Argentina – then with Accor Hotels in Hungary. He became GM of Accor Services in Slovakia (2010-2013) and has served as General Manager of Edenred Turkey between 2013 and 2020.

Morten Wiil
Former HR Director, Lyreco
COPENHAGEN

“I was working with Philippe Riboton for the recruitment of the new Managing Director for our Polish operations. During the process he displayed a very high level of professionalism and proactivity in solving the mission.

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He was constantly on top of the process and his follow up with both candidates and the employer was excellent. I was especially impressed by his understanding of our business needs and insight in the local market.”

A graduate in leadership and management from the Copenhagen Business School
Mr Wiil served for eleven years in the Danish army before joining the company Codan Gummi as HR Manager. In 2007 he joined the company Lyreco, a worldwide distributor of workplace products and solutions, and served as its Group HR Director till 2017. From 2017 to 2019 Mr Wiil served as HR Director for Lyreco Scandinavia.

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Isabelle Carbon-Felemez
Isabelle Carbon-Felemez
HR Headquarters Manager
PARIS

“As HR Development Director at Compagnie des Alpes, I worked closely with Philippe Riboton to recruit the GM, the Commercial Director, the Finance Director and the Operations Director of our Prague project. I would recommend Philippe as a strong professional to support a recruitment process at the executive level.”

Isabelle Carbon-Felemez is graduated in human resources. For the last 25 years she has held a number of HR management positions, mostly in industrial environments. Relying on two types of expertise – talent development and employee relations – she supports management teams in order to ensure the achievement of companies’ objectives within periods of transformation.

Bruno Le Ciclé
Bruno Le Ciclé
Former Senior Vice President, Nestlé
CASABLANCA

“During my few years in the Czech Republic, I had numerous opportunities to work on HR projects with Philippe Riboton and his company. It was a very good experience. Philippe is service oriented and very knowledgeable in his field of competence.”

A graduate from international agro-development engineering school ISTOM and IMD business school in Lausanne. Bruno Le Ciclé has spent his entire working life with Nestlé. He was CEO in the Czech Republic (2000-2004), Portugal (2004-2006) the Ukraine (2006-2010) and the Maghreb (2015-2020).

Kamil Vacek
Founder and CEO, TCCM
PRAGUE

;”Among executive search companies Philippe Riboton stands out for two things: great market analysis and understanding of the client needs.

Kamil is graduated from the Prague University of Economics with a focus on business administration and management and is a natural born entrepreneur: he created and sold several companies in his life, all of them in the telecommunications sector. He started in the nineties as the founder and CEO of one of the first distributors of the Sagem mobile phone brand in the Czech Republic before creating the distribution company GSM Partner – which he sold in 2001 to Avenir Telecom France. After this transaction he founded Kiboon Electronics, an exclusive importer of Samsung mobile phones in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2007 he founded the company TCCM, a leading mobile phone distribution company in Central Europe operating locally in 15 countries of the region: his company has sells more than 2 million mobile phones each year.

Philippe Chédru
President, OXYMETAL
BORDEAUX

“I have worked with Philippe Riboton when it comes to managing recruitments in the Czech Republic. Philippe has an excellent knowledge of the field, and together with his team he has always been very efficient, reliable and organized, and provided excellent results and high quality candidates.”

Philippe Chédru holds a mechanical engineering degree from Ecole Centrale in Nantes. He started his career in 1990 with the industrial engineering company ACB as a Project Engineer in France before moving to the US, as a Product Manager and then Business Unit Head. In 2000 he joined the Swedish engineering group Trelleborg in the US as Plant Manager, later on becoming Group Sales Director and then Managing Director of the Prodyn Boots division. In 2010 he became Managing Director of Carbody, a car parts manufacturer with operations in France and the Czech Republic. Since 2015 he is the President of OXYMETAL, a French leader in industrial cutting with 10 factories in France and the Czech Republic.

Viktor Molnar
CEO, Nissan Grand-Automotive CEE
BUDAPEST

‘’Only a very few people have the opportunity to work with an HR partner who is able to understand his clients’ needs so well and so deeply like Philippe Riboton. I have been working with him and his team over the past 20 years on several executive search projects in the CEE region – always with success which is unique for us. Why? My company is an extremely tough or even a difficult  partner in terms of complexity of our expectations, however Mr. Riboton was always ready to take these challenges and able to deliver in line with our target within a reasonably short time. The key to our common success lies in Philippe Riboton’s ability to listen carefully to his clients, not trying to sell something from the shelf but putting enormous efforts to find the right candidates who fit from both professional experience and personality point of view to the client’s company culture. Any company who is looking for a professional HR service provider with great collaboration capability, should be lucky to have Philippe Riboton as a business partner.’

’Viktor Molnar is an aviation engineer and he holds a bachelor degree from the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He also holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. He started his career with Ford Credit as a Business Development Manager for Hungary, and later on occupied several marketing and sales positions with Ford, including the function of Coordinator of European Sales Operations Coordinator for Ford Europe. In 2003 he was named Managing Director of Ford Hungary, later on becoming Regional Director for Central Europe. Since 2019 he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Grand Automotive Central Europe, the exclusive distributor of Nissan cars in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Brad Taylor
Chief Executive Officer, Iconic Labs
WASHINGTON D.C

“I had the distinct pleasure of working with Philippe Riboton for several years during an extensive corporate and personnel restructuring in France and Luxembourg as well as throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Philippe worked with us on a daily basis to define the strategic human resources objectives for the corporation and then implemented those objectives successfully throughout the organization. His advice was highly valued because of his detailed understanding of the senior management, the boards of directors, the personnel throughout the company and the numerous stakeholders whose interests had to be balanced when pursuing a course of action. Philippe was an integral member of the team and I highly recommend him for any international corporation looking to work with a trusted advisor who has the expertise and dedication to successfully bring a corporate human resources vision to life.”

Brad Taylor holds a bachelor degree from McGill University in Montreal and a degree in law from the Baylor University School of Law. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School. Brad started his career as an attorney with the law firm Greenberg Traurig in Dallas, Texas, before moving to the company Holland Park Capital in Austin, Texas. In 2007 he was hired by the company Orco Property Group, a leading real estate and hospitality company in Central Europe, as General Counsel. He also served on the board of directors of different entitiesin Germany and Croatia. Between 2015 and 2021 he served as a CEO of the private equity company Courcelette Holdings, based in Washington D.C. Since April 2021 he is the CEO of Iconic Labs, a publicly listed media, security and technology company based in London, UK.

Michal Daniel
Chief People and Legal Officer, Notino
CZECH REPUBLIC

“In the realm of executive search, Philippe Riboton stands out as a true expert who rapidly tunes into your company’s needs and aspirations. He doesn’t just understand the importance of a position within your business structure; he sees its impact on your future. With Philippe, it’s never about the sheer number of candidates; it’s about finding the right talent that aligns perfectly with your vision. His global reach and keen eye for detail mean that you’re presented with candidates who can genuinely drive your company forward. Philippe’s targeted approach, backed by a global network, ensures that only the most fitting candidates are considered, emphasizing quality over quantity. Beyond Philippe Riboton’s professional expertise lies a deeply good individual, whose empathy and genuine interest in people make him truly exceptional in the executive search field. His ability to connect on a human level, understanding not just the needs of the company but also the aspirations and concerns of candidates, makes him a trusted partner to both sides of the recruitment process.”

A Master’s graduate in legal studies from the Masaryk University of Brno, Michal Daniel founded and lead during the first seven years of his professional career Univerzitni Liga. In 2016 he joined the cross-border online beauty retailer Notino – where he occupied several positions starting as Executive Assistant, through the position of General Counsel, then Strategic Director for HR & Legal. Since January 2021 Michal serves as Chief People and Legal Officer of Notino. He also is a Member of the Board of the company and Deputy Managing Director.

Sandra Bismuth
Directrice Générale Adjointe de la Fondation Bon Sauveur de la Manche
FRANCE

“I had the opportunity to leverage Philippe Riboton’s expertise for recruiting highly diverse profiles, ranging from Executive Assistants to General Managers of subsidiaries (particularly in Spain and Germany), mainly for international roles or group functions. I particularly appreciated his attentive listening, his wide-open mindset, and his curiosity, enabling him to think outside the box in sometimes challenging searches. In summary, Philippe is a proactive expert in headhunting, always available, for whom the word “network” is a reality and not just a promise.”

Graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP), Sandra Bismuth spent the first ten years of her career at Groupe Renault as HR Development Manager before joining the BIC Group as Head of Social Affairs within the human resources department of the razor category. After six years at BIC, she joined the electrical equipment distribution group Rexel as HR Director for the supply chain division. In 2010, she became HR Director of the French packaging group Raja, where she remained for eight years. In 2018, she joined Thuasne, a global player in healthcare solutions in the orthopedic and medical compression sectors, as Group HR Director. Since January 2023, she has been Deputy General Manager of the foundation Bon Sauveur de la Manche, a French institution in the healthcare and social sector.

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