AESC Announces its 2021 Council of Europe and Africa with Representatives from Leading Executive Search and Leadership Consulting Firms

The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), the global standards-setting body for the executive search and leadership consulting profession, today announces 2021 officers and representatives to the AESC Council of Europe and Africa. The Council consists of elected officers and representatives from AESC Member executive search and leadership advisory firms from across Europe and Africa.

Joe Coulter, Chief Operating Officer & Managing Partner at Coulter Partners and based in London, will serve as Council Chair. Tim Sheffield, Chairman at Sheffield Haworth and based in London, will serve as Council Vice Chair. Jennifer Borrer, Managing Partner and Founder at Borrer Executive Search and based in Lausanne, Switzerland, will serve as Council Secretary/Treasurer. Martin Schubert, Partner at Eric Salmon & Partners and based in Frankfurt, will serve as Council Chair Emeritus.

In addition, AESC would like to welcome two new members to its Council of Europe and Africa: Louise Chaplin, Partner at Eton Bridge Partners and based in London, UK; and Claire Skinner, Regional Managing Partner at Heidrick & Struggles and based in London.

Joe Coulter, AESC Europe and Africa Council Chair, commented: “The AESC Council of Europe and Africa plays an important role in ensuring AESC’s ongoing commitment to the highest standards in the executive search and leadership consulting profession across the region. I look forward to working with my fellow Council members to ensure we are creating the future of the profession on behalf of the clients we serve.”

Karen Greenbaum, AESC President and CEO, commented: “AESC 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 2021 AESC Council of Europe and Africa includes:

  • Joe Coulter, Coulter Partners, Chair – London
  • Tim Sheffield, Sheffield Haworth, Vice Chair – London
  • Jennifer Borrer, Borrer Executive Search, Secretary/Treasurer – Lausanne
  • Martin Schubert, Eric Salmon & Partners, Chair Emeritus – Frankfurt
  • Karen Greenbaum, AESC, Ex-officio – New York
  • George Abdushelishvili, Ward Howell – Moscow
  • Emanuela Aureli, Spencer Stuart – London
  • Christo Badenhorst, Search Partners International/ AltoPartners – Johannesburg
  • Bendik Nicolai Blindheim, ISCO Group – Oslo
  • Richard Boggis-Rolfe, Odgers Berndtson – London
  • Louise Chaplin, Eton Bridge Partners – London, UK
  • Dorota Czarnota, Russell Reynolds Associates – Warsaw
  • Petra Gerstner-Berggren, Stanton Chase – Bad Homburg
  • Lydia Goutas, Cornerstone International Group – Vienna
  • Albert Hiribarrondo, Alspective/ Panorama Search – Paris
  • Raffaele Jacovelli, Hightech Partners – Brussels
  • Klas Mårtenson, Signium – Malmö
  • Marcus Meyer, Meyer & Sohne GmbH/ECI Group - Bocholt, Germany
  • Jonathan Morgan, Saxton Bampfylde/Panorama Search – London
  • Ewa Olszewski, Michaël Berglund AB/ IIC Partners - Stockholm
  • Franco A. Parodi, Parodi & Associates – Düsseldorf
  • Bernard Perry, TRANSEARCH – London
  • Filippo Rinaldi, Management Search S.r.l. – Milan
  • Claire Skinner, Heidrick & Struggles – London
  • Kristen Smit, Boyden – Paris
  • 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 represent 16,000+ trusted professionals in 1,200+ 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 more than 100,000 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. For AESC’s career service for executive-level candidates, visit bluesteps.com.