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Carl Lens Appointed Managing Director Executive Search EMEA

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting, a global network of independent retained search boutique firms, has announced the appointment of Carl Lens as Managing Director EMEA. He will assume his responsibilities with immediate effect.

Carl is an industry veteran. He is co-founder and owner of Kennedy’s Dutch partner office Lens, Executive Search based in Amsterdam. Before founding his firm, he was Global Head of Health Care for London based recruitment firm Nicholson. Prior to his appointment to Managing Director EMEA, Carl was Managing Director Europe for the network. His promotion follows the rapid growth of the network with recent new partner offices joining in Vienna, Oslo and Johannesburg, the first partner on the African continent.

Carl Lens: ‘In this time of continuous and true globalisation, boards commonly consist of people from a variety of nationalities. This means that recruiters need to be aware and appreciative of how talent flows globally and stay on top of both worldwide as well as local trends. Yet, in executive search, there is often a lack of true, seamless service when it comes to sourcing talent globally. I hope to bridge and streamline the collective talent and experience of our partners in EMEA and globally. For that I will be working closely with my peers Joe Screnci, our partner in Sydney and Managing Director APAC, and Eric Pringle of our Denver office who is Managing Director North America. Together with them and all our partners, we will make sure we can offer both our clients and candidates the best, and truly global, service they deserve.’

Jorg Stegemann, CEO of Kennedy Executive: ‘Our network is growing fast and the world is changing even faster. We are continuously looking to expand into new territories, including the Middle East and Northern Africa. I am happy that Carl steps up from Managing Director Europe to Managing Director EMEA. His vast, global experience and ability to connect people, make him the ideal candidate to support us in these efforts and to keep us prepared for what the future of work has in store for us.’

About Kennedy Executive

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting is a global partner network of retained search boutiques in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia Pacific with offices in Amsterdam, Budapest, Copenhagen, Denver, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Milan, Monaco, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Sydney and Vienna. The network covers 360 degrees of talent management: executive search finds and assesses the right talent in the market; consulting develops people and organizations. As a network, Kennedy will run 365 strategic recruitments all over the world this year. Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting helps organizations to achieve their goals and people to enhance their careers every day.




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