IMD International Search Group Partners Have Elected a New Board Member - Jose J Ruiz

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Zurich, Switzerland (April 30, 2019) – IMD International Search Group Partners have elected a new Board member and prolonged the mandate of 2 others at their Annual General Assembly in Paris on April 27, 2019.

Simona Cremascoli, Partner at Carter & Benson, IMD member based in Milan, Italy, joins the IMD Board as Director in charge of internal communication of our organization. She comments: “I am very satisfied with the long-lasting international collaboration I have been keeping during the years with such a worldwide leading network as IMD International Search Group. It is definitely an enduring and very enriching and gratifying global partnership! I am very pleased with my recent election to the Board most of all because it is really a great honor for me to work with such outstanding international colleagues. Thank you very much for the trust you placed in me, I will do my best for sure!”

Besides, IMD is also pleased to announce that the mandates of Directors Daniel Lewczuk and Stéfan Danis were renewed.

The new composition of the IMD International Search Board is therefore as follows:

  • Dr. Matthias MOHR, President
  • Dr. Peter SUTTER, VP, Finance & Legal Affairs
  • Daniel LEWCZUK, Director, Eastern Europe expansion and IMD Strategy [renewed mandate]
  • Stéfan DANIS, Director, Meetings organization and Chief Revenue Officer [renewed mandate]
  • Anita OTTERHEIM HJALMARSSON, Director, Standards, Execution, Quality, Best practices, Leadership consulting
  • Rodolfo SOMMER, Director, Onboarding, Membership acquisition in South America
  • Jose Ruiz, Director, Marketing, External communication
  • Simona Cremascoli, Director, Internal communication [newly elected]

"This is a very positive outcome from this AGM: With two Directors continuing their good work and a new one onboarding, we are starting a new year on a good basis", says IMD President Matthias Mohr, Managing Partner at Dr. Heimeier & Partner, IMD Germany, adding: "As another Director, Gerard Ketelaar, Partner at Quaestus in the Netherlands, is retiring from the Board, I must also acknowledge, on behalf of the Board as well as on a personal note, how much we appreciated Gerard's input, commitment and enthusiasm over the years".

About IMD International Search Group

Founded in 1972, IMD International Search Group,, is a Top-20 global search organization with offices in major markets and business centers throughout the world, providing instant access to a world-class executive talent pool serving the global economy. Providing instant access to a world-class executive talent pool serving the global economy, IMD specializes in placing top-tier executives throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, and specializes in the following industry sectors: consumer, financial and professional services, industrial and manufacturing, life sciences, technology-communications-media (TCM), education-government-not for profit as well as leadership consulting services.

IMD International Search Group was again nominated by Hunt Scanlon in the Top 25 worldwide ranking of global executive search organizations – See ranking HERE

About Alder Koten

Alder Koten helps shape organizations through a combination of research, executive search, cultural & leadership assessment, and other talent advisory services. The firm was founded in 2011 and currently, includes 6 partners and over 28 consultants in 4 cities. The firm’s headquarters are located in Houston and it has offices in Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Mexico City with partner firms in New York, Boston, Chicago, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom. We know where to find the executives you need and how to attract top talent to your organization. Our approach to executive search is based on a thorough understanding of the strategic, cultural, financial and operational issues our clients face. Our executive search engagements are targeted and focused on the specific requirements of the position including industry and functional experience, skills, competencies, cultural fit, and leadership style. Our process is rigorous. We take a disciplined and structured approach to identify potential candidates that meet the position requirements including subject-matter, functional and regional expertise. We use our high-level professional networks, industry knowledge, and internal research resources to achieve results in every executive search engagement.

Jose J. Ruiz is the CEO and Managing Partner at Alder Koten and serves on the board of IMD International Search Group.

Jose J. Ruiz
Jose J. Ruiz
Jose Ruiz serves as Alder Koten’s Chief Executive Officer providing vision, strategic direction and the roadmap for the firm’s future. He is a recruiter involved in executive search work focused on board members, CEOs and senior-level executives; and consulting engagements related to leadership and organizational effectiveness helping clients create thriving cultures. An important part of his time is spent on research work focused on organizational effectiveness centered on leadership and culture. Prior to joining Alder Koten, Jose was a Principal with Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Industrial Practice based in Houston, TX and Monterrey, Mexico. His professional experience also includes leadership positions in engineering and operations management for manufacturing organizations in the US and Mexico. This experience includes serving as vice president and general manager at Holley Performance Products. Jose holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He is fluent in English and Spanish.