AESC Announces 2019 Appointments to its Council of Europe and Africa

AESC, the global association representing quality standards in the executive search and leadership consulting profession, today announced new appointments to the AESC Council of Europe and Africa, which consists of elected officers from AESC Member executive search and leadership advisory firms from across Europe and Africa.

Emanuela Aureli, Consultant, Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Data & Analytics Practices, Spencer Stuart and based in London, will serve as Council Chair. Martin Schubert, Partner, Eric Salmon & Partners and based in Frankfurt, will serve as Council Vice Chair, while Jonathan Morgan, Consultant, Regulation and Government Affairs Practice, Saxton Bampfylde/Panorama Search and based in London, will serve as Council Secretary/Treasurer.

In addition, AESC would like to welcome the following new members to its Council of Europe and Africa: Sylvie Vercruysse, EMEA Chair at EMA Partners and based in Brussels; Tim Sheffield, Chair at Sheffield Haworth and based in London; Raffaele Jacovelli, Managing Partner at Hightech Partners and based in Brussels; and Deborah O’Donovan, Partner at TRANSEARCH and based in London.

Emanuela Aureli, AESC Europe and Africa Council Chair, commented: “As AESC commemorates its 60th anniversary this year, we are proud of the rigorous commitment to the quality standards AESC represents, not only in Europe and Africa but throughout the world. I look forward to working with my fellow Council members and the AESC Global Board of Directors to ensure we pave the way for the next 60 years of excellence in this profession.”

Karen Greenbaum, AESC President and CEO, commented: “I would like to thank our Councils for their local market insights and commitment to ensuring our association represents the very best in the profession. Our Councils play a critical role in combining regional expertise with global innovation on behalf of our association, ensuring clients—no matter where in the world—receive exceptional quality and results when working with an AESC Member.”

The complete 2019 AESC Council of Europe and Africa includes:

  • Emanuela Aureli, Spencer Stuart, Chair – London
  • Martin Schubert, Eric Salmon & Partners, Vice Chair – Frankfurt
  • Jonathan Morgan, Saxton Bampfylde/Panorama Search, Secretary and Treasurer – London
  • Karen Greenbaum, AESC, Ex-officio – New York
  • George Abdushelishvili, Ward Howell – Moscow
  • Ineke Arts, Hoffman & Associates/IIC Partners – Brussels
  • Christo Badenhorst, Search Partners International/AltoPartners – Johannesburg
  • Paul Benson, Korn Ferry – London
  • Richard Boggis-Rolfe, Odgers Berndtson – London
  • Joe Coulter, Coulter Partners – London
  • Dorota Czarnota, Russell Reynolds Associates – Warsaw
  • Kieran Duff, MERC Partners/IIC Partners – Dublin
  • Petra Gerstner-Berggren, Stanton Chase – Bad Homburg
  • Niccolo Giunta, Eurosearch Consultants Italy and Chair, ECI Group – Milan
  • Lydia Goutas, Cornerstone International Group – Vienna
  • Peter Gullström, Headlight International AB – Stockholm
  • Albert Hiribarrondo, Alspective /Panorama Search – Paris
  • Raffaele Jacovelli, Hightech Partners – Brussels
  • Klas Mårtenson, Signium – Malmö
  • Deborah O’Donovan, TRANSEARCH – London
  • Franco A. Parodi, Parodi & Associates – Düsseldorf
  • Filippo Rinaldi, Management Search S.r.l. – Milan
  • Tim Sheffield, Sheffield Haworth – London
  • Kristen Smit, Boyden – Paris
  • Luis Urbano, Heidrick & Struggles – Madrid
  • Sylvie Vercruysse, EMA Partners – Brussels


About AESC

Since 1959, AESC has set the quality standard for the executive search and leadership advisory profession. AESC Members, ranging in size from large global executive search and leadership advisory firms and networks to regional and boutique firms, represent 9,000+ trusted professionals in 1200+ offices, spanning 70+ countries. AESC Members are recognized leaders of global executive search and leadership advisory solutions. They leverage their access and expertise to place, find and develop more than 80,000 executives each year in board of directors and C-level positions for the world’s leading organizations of all types and sizes. Dedicated to strengthening leadership worldwide, AESC and its members share a deep commitment to the highest quality standards in executive search and leadership consulting—for the benefit of clients and the profession. We Shape. Connect. Educate. Learn more about us at aesc.org.