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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 Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
    To explore the intersection of AI and DEIB, IIC Partners interviewed Sandra Rosier, C-Suite advisor, seasoned DEIB speaker, and accomplished tax advisory professional with a specialization in capital markets. Sandra provides an in-depth exploration of the subject and is not afraid to call out the...
  • IIC Partners Announces Global Board Appointments
    Oliver Schmitt and Vanessa Dalas have been appointed as Board Directors, and Renee Arrington, Allan Laurie and Roberto Ravagnani have been appointed as Vice Chairs. New York, NY, November 1, 2023 – IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide (, one of the world’s top ten global...
  • Healthcare Supply Chain Management: 2023 Global Trends Report
    As the global healthcare industry continues to grow and evolve, the supply chain function remains in focus to capitalize on new opportunities, adapt to market changes, and address emerging risks. From supporting service plan expansions to managing costs and delivering on sustainability goals, supply chain...
  • The Path to CHRO: 7 Critical Qualities & Experiences Needed for Success
    The most common questions that come from executives who aspire to move into their first Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) role involve what it takes to be a strong and viable candidate. We have a robust People & Culture Practice Group with consultants collaborating across...
  • IIC Partners Appoints Jouko Pitkänen as Global Practice Group Leader for Consumer Markets
    New York, NY – June 26, 2023 – IIC Partners (, one of the world’s top ten global executive search organizations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jouko Pitkänen as global Practice Group Leader for Consumer Markets.  Jouko is a Senior Partner at JFP...
  • Effective Board Governance: An Interview with Eli Giske
    The cooperation between the board and management is extremely important for the board to contribute to value creation in a business, believes the experienced board chair Eli Giske. Regular Chair: Eli Giske is the chair of two companies, deputy chair of another, and holds five...
  • Sustainable Leadership
    The concept of “sustainable leadership” appears in many contexts since working life has become increasingly complex and limitless. But what does it actually mean? Sustainable leadership cannot be defined in a few words. Instead, it is “conditions and prerequisites, both at the organizational and individual...
  • 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...

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