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Executive Search Worldwide

Founded over 30 years ago, the IIC Partners network is established in Europe, the Pacific Rim and the Americas, with 45 offices in 33 countries. It is among the top eight consulting and direct-approach recruiting networks worldwide.


Searching for executives and experts and developing multicultural teams are core concerns for businesses in a global economy.

Acting on full awareness of corporate realities, Progress Associés has set up an international approach and has been positioned as a proactive member of IIC Partners since 1994.

IIC Partners is an umbrella organisation of independent firms, among the leaders in their market. The organisation deploys an entrepreneurial spirit and pools savoir-faire, implying that we can offer clients a tailored service adapted to their needs, nationwide, region-wide and worldwide.


In Executive Search, industry-specific expertise is essential for successful outcomes when seeking and hiring executives, hence IIC Partners’ organisation with eight different practices:

  • Aviation, Aerospace & Defence,
  • Higher Education,
  • Energy,
  • Mass Consumption & Retail,
  • Financial Services,
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare,
  • Technology, Digitalisation & Innovation,
  • Human Resources.


IIC Partners has also set up practices focusing on trans-disciplinary activities:

  • Board Consulting,
  • Leadership Advisory.

The members working in these practices are the specialists in each country. This organisation fosters the sharing of information, trends and above all the handling of international assignments.

For its clients, IIC Partners is capable of mustering a full set of international resources and skills needed to accomplish all hiring and consulting assignments.


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  • The New Standards for Supervisory Board Members
    The time when only well-known people in the old boys’ network are invited to become supervisory board members or non-executive directors is behind us. Most public and private organizations now have detailed processes to recruit for these roles, including carefully designing the ideal candidate profile...
  • The Key to Success in Executive Search: An Interview with Vanessa Dalas
    Identifying and recruiting exceptional leaders is at the heart of our business as a global executive search and leadership consulting organization. But what makes IIC Partners consultants so consistently successful across vastly different geographies and industries?  The first answer that arises is our shared approach...
  • 2023 Global Talent Acquisition Trends
    Managing Partners from across our global offices came together to discuss the state of talent acquisition in our markets. The result was ten trends for 2023. 1. A global recession could reduce hiring, but the picture is mixed: skilled roles will still be in high...
  • Succession Management Report 2023
    IIC Partners member firm HRM Search Partners recently conducted an in-depth survey on succession planning with 321 organizations throughout the Republic of Ireland. The results were fascinating. Here are a few highlights: 83% believe that succession management is essential to organizational success. However, only 28% of...
  • Delivering Excellence in the Executive Search Industry for 35 Years: An Interview with Hoffman
    Recently, Ineke Arts, Partner and Founder of Hoffman, received the prestigious AESC Award of Excellence after 35 years of success in the executive search industry.  Excelling through ups and downs for over three decades requires a unique mix of skills, knowledge and perseverance — and...
  • Central Europe Executive Search Market Outlook 2022/23
    This report calls on IIC Partners search consultants from five countries in Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia) to discuss the executive search industry outlook, along with other HR trends. Download the full report > INTRODUCTION by Christine Hayward, Executive Director, IIC...
  • Ineke Arts Receives Award of Excellence at the AESC Global Conference
    New York, NY – November 16, 2022 – IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide (, one of the world’s top ten global executive search organizations, is proud to recognize Ineke Arts of Hoffman ( for receiving the prestigious Award of Excellence at the 2022 AESC Global...
  • How Purpose-Driven Leaders Turn Theory Into Action
    At the recent IIC Partners global conference in Paris, I moderated two panels on the role of purpose in today’s business environment and its impact on attracting and retaining talent.  We spoke with five panelists representing different generations, backgrounds, and experiences, including leaders of purpose-driven...
  • 5 Global HR Trends That Are Transforming Business
    At our recent IIC Partners global conference in Paris, I moderated a panel on Global HR Trends with three HR executives of leading European companies. The panelists represented diverse industries — heavy manufacturing and defense, technology and FMCG — and offered great insights into how...
  • New Leadership: 8 Ways Leaders Can Excel Today
    Esteemed IIC Partners member, Eblinger & Partner Executive Search, brought together an accomplished panel at the 25hours Hotel in Vienna to gain insights into their everyday work and hear their best practices and experiences of a new way of leading. The panelists included Jenny Seitner,...

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