June 21, 2022 – Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners, has expanded its presence in North America with the addition of Toronto-based Pender & Howe Executive Search as a new member firm. “We are delighted to represent Kestria in Canada and the United States, and we are committed to fulfilling the alliance’s mission to provide first-class executive search services wherever you are in the world, through our efforts in Canada and the United States,” said Travis Hann. , managing partner of Pender & Howe. “We are confident that this partnership will be mutually beneficial for many years to come.
“It is exciting for all of us at the Kestria Alliance to welcome our new like-minded colleagues Glenn Lesko, Travis Hann, Céline Chabée and their team,” said Stepan Motejzik, Alliance Director at Kestria. “Their deep expertise of the North American market will greatly enhance our ability to meet client needs and serve as trusted advisors to strengthen businesses in the region and globally.”
Pender & Howe Executive Search is a boutique executive search firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Edmonton, Vancouver and San Francisco. The firm has over 30 years of combined experience in leadership consulting and executive search.
Pender & Howe is focused on working with boards and CEOs to identify world-class leaders. It provides leadership solutions that encompass venture capital firms, private equity, new technologies, emerging sectors, as well as board advisory positions. Its clients range from pre-seed startups and VC-backed disruptors to global public companies. His specialties include executive search, CEO search, leadership strategy, succession planning, executive assessment, talent management, executive search, culture transformation, consulting services of administration and digital transformation.
Kestria has partners in over 80 cities across Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. The consortium has completed more than 30,000 assignments for more than 3,000 clients in virtually every industry segment and function, according to the company. Kestria has performed over 40,000 searches for over 4,000 clients, serving everyone from start-ups to major global players.
New Board of Directors
Kestria recently elected a new executive board. The board is made up of the following members: Rania Abdalla, Tom Berray, Michael Kantel, Katerina Meimaroglou and Rohan Carr (IRC Australia), Chair of the IRC Executive Board. Ms. Meimaroglou, Managing Partner of IRC Greece (MEIHUNT, Enterprise Talent Management), was elected as a new IRC Board Member.
Kestria strives to embrace the flexibility of entrepreneurs and the diversity of a global player. The organization is present in more than 45 countries on six continents. More than 50% of its partner companies are run by women. IRC consultants speak 41 languages and represent more than 50 nationalities. “We are delighted to have Katerina join and strengthen our already talented Board of Directors,” said Mr. Carr, Chairman of Kestria. “She will bring a fresh and unique perspective and we look forward to her contribution.”
Ms. Meimaroglou focuses on senior executive search, particularly in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. Before founding her own company, she was a partner of Cornerstone International Group. She brings corporate experience in human resources management from multinational organizations such as Coca-Cola Co., where she worked for almost six years in roles of regional human resources and marketing manager in Greece, Cyprus and Malta. Prior to that, she worked for British Petroleum as an HR Advisor.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media