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The Top 100 Family Influencers – Executive Search

Late last year, Family Capital sent out a survey to its readers asking them to nominate who they felt were the most influential individuals in the world of family enterprises. We were looking for a wide gambit of names from different backgrounds, both linked directly to family enterprises and those in an advisory role in the sector. We received more than 2000 responses. 

Through these responses and our own knowledge of the world of both family businesses and family office – indeed, the world of family capital – we were able to draw up a list of the Top 100 Influences. These are the individuals who our readers and Family Capital believe are the most influential people in the family enterprise world. No doubt some readers might think others merit inclusion and some on the list might not, but Family Capital believes the 100 names represent a pretty good cross-section of the Top Influencers in the sector. 

Given the length of the 100, we have broken them down into eight categories: Financiers; Businesses; Consultants; Investors; Lawyers; Fictional Characters; Academics; and Executive Search – which is our four group to feature in our twice-weekly series to run over the next month and a bit. To see our first list – Investors please click here. To see our second list – Academics please click here. To see our third list – Fictional Charactersplease click here.  

In alphabetical order

Rhian-Anwen Hamill

RAH Partners

Hamill has developed a top reputation as an executive search specialists in the family enterprise world after years placing many senior managers in asset management and private banking groups throughout Europe. She works closely with family enterprise groups in the recruitment process, and believes it’s just as much about understanding what the recruiter is about as it is about understanding the manager they are recruiting when it comes to hiring the best talent. An ex-Goldman Sachs manager, Hamill brings real professional heft to the recruitment world for family enterprises, according to those who nominated her for the 100 Family Influencers. 

 

Neil Kreuzberger

Kreuzberger Associates

In the US, few executive search firms are more connected to the family office sector than Kreuzberger Associates – that’s largely due to the expertise and professionalism of its founder Neil Kreuzberger. The former CFO of a venture-based software group, Kreuzberger also appreciates the growing demand among family offices to bring in management with digital/venture backgrounds. Those who nominated Kreuzberger say he has US-wide contacts, enabling him to source top management for family offices across the world’s biggest family office economy. 

 

Linda Mack

Mack International

Linda Mack is one of a handful of family office executive specialists who’ve gained a stellar reputation and who’ve retained that reputation for many years. Those who nominated her says Mack combines all the skills of a top executive search specialist, but also has the ability to apply those skills to the sometimes difficult challenge of matching talented individuals with the idiosyncratic world of single-family offices.  Her search firm Mack International has often produced compensation surveys on family offices, further cementing her reputation, and Mack is a regular participant at many family office conferences. Overall, Mack has contributed enormously to best practices within the family office sector during her career, which is underlined by many who nominated her for the 100 Family Influencers.

 

Mark Somers

The Somers Partnership

Mark Somers has increasingly focused on top family office recruitment and was nominated by many because of his growing reputation in the field. With more than 20 years of experience, Somers wider skills in executive search for asset and wealth management talent provides the foundation of his family office work. His commitment to the sector was reinforced with the publication earlier this year of his book: How to Work for a Billionaire – Career Advice for those Wanting a Job in the Family Office Sector, which provides an in-depth and thorough analysis of the family office sector aimed at those wanting to work for one. 

 

Andreas von Specht

AvS – International Trusted Advisors

After a 17 year stint with Egon Zehnder, where he became one of the firm’s senior managers and shareholders, von Specht started his own practice AvS. Von Specht has gone on to establish himself as a top executive recruitment/consulting group, with a growing reputation as a specialist in the family enterprise world. From a family business himself – the von Specht family are one of the owners of the Hamburg-based Berenberg Bank – he has intimate knowledge of family owners and their requirements when it comes to senior management. It helps that von Specht is very well-connected with family dynasties throughout Europe. Those who nominated him say von Specht is often the first executive research specialist to be called upon when hiring top managers for the world’s biggest family businesses. 

 

Corinna Traumueller Schulthess

Schulthess Zimmermann & Jauch

Traumueller Schulthess is one of Europe’s top executive search specialists in the family enterprise sector.  Now working in London for the international headhunter group Schulthess Zimmermann & Jauch, she has moved more into strategic family business recruitment/advice but retains her in-depth knowledge of the family business world. She set up the Family Office Management Consulting group in 2009 after leading UBS’s family office advisory group. Those who nominated Traumueller Schulthess say she brings exceptional advisory skills to the recruitment of top talent at family enterprises across Europe.

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2 responses to “The Top 100 Family Influencers – Executive Search

  1. Thank you to Family Capital , David Bain, Mike Foster and team. It is marvelous to listed with these terrific professionals and from all of us at The Somers Partnership http://www.somerspartnership.com, as this is an accolade for our whole team, thank you very much indeed. Mark Somers

  2. It is such honor to be recognized by Family Capital as one of the Top 100 Family Influencers. I am deeply grateful for this tribute and to be among such an esteemed group of professional colleagues in all categories.
    Linda C. Mack
    http://www.mackinternational.com

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