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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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  • 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,...
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare 2022 Trends Survey
    How remote working and hiring practices are evolving with global trends.   The colossal rise of remote working over the past two years has dramatically changed business operations and hiring practices.  But how has this trend impacted the Life Sciences and Healthcare industries? We decided...
  • Case Study: Hire For Skills, Not Just Industry Experience
    Robust industry experience is often the top requirement for hiring managers, and it’s easy to understand why. Valuable connections and specialist technical knowledge can help new hires ‘hit the ground running’.  However, targeting your sector alone can restrict the talent pool and lead to over-compromising...
  • The Great Rescindment: Navigating the ‘Danger Period’ with New Hires
    Candidates are increasingly considering counteroffers from existing employers and competing organizations even after new employment contracts have been signed. We discuss why this phenomenon is on the rise and what you can do to improve hiring success. There have been many discussions about the Great...
  • The Changing Skill Set of the C-Suite
    What does it take to be an effective leader? A decade ago, the answer would have been technical knowledge, experience across the c-suite, business acumen, and the ability to make tough decisions. Today’s answer looks different. Executives still need technical knowledge and business savvy. However,...
  • Purpose is Power: IIC Partners Global Meeting
    IIC Partners recently met in Lisbon for its Global Meeting, bringing together search firms from across the world for a three-day event to reflect on the current state of the executive search industry, to share best practices and to discuss opportunities for business development. Our...
  • Executive Recruitment in a “Never Normal” Era
    The term “Never Normal” was recently coined by Ira S. Wolfe, a prominent commentator and author of “Recruiting in the Age of Googlization,” Wolfe argues that we live in a time when change happens at a much faster pace than before and we must always be...

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