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Zurich, Switzerland (June 20, 2019) – IMD International Search Group is strengthening its capability in the Education / NFP Sector by welcoming a new Partner in the UK. IMD members are appreciative to Fisher Leadership, IMD Australia & New Zealand, to have introduced and recommended Minerva, who joined the organization following the recent global conference of IMD in Paris. Minerva was created in 2013 by Ben Tucker and Kerry Shepherd, formerly leading the Education and Social Enterprise Practice of a global executive search group. The company has experienced a constant year-to-year development since its foundation. The Minerva team is truly international, being able to communicate in over 12 languages including French, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Finnish, Romanian or Russian. Minerva specializes in the client sectors of higher education, business schools, K12 education, charities and social impact organizations, membership bodies, publishing and business services. "We work extensively within a limited number of sectors, meaning that we build long-term relationships with people who are candidates one year and clients the next", highlights Ben Tucker. Minerva focuses on building quality relationships with clients and candidates, on operational excellence, and diversity. “Fisher Leadership has a mandate to bring more diverse mind to decision-making tables throughout Australia and the APAC region. We are really pleased to deepen our partnership with Minerva which further advances our ability to deliver exceptional candidates from around the globe.” “We are delighted to be new members of the IMD Group", adds Ben Tucker. " It has never been more important to find valuable ways of international collaboration, and we are looking forward to getting to know and working with our new colleagues over the coming years. It is an exciting point for us in the development of Minerva”. Fisher Leadership and Minerva have already successfully collaborated in the past and our organization trusts that further collaboration will develop involving our other partners active in the practice in North America and continental Europe as well. "IMD already had a strong expertise in Education with our members in Canada, USA, Switzerland, France and of course Australia, adding the UK on our practice map is a major move and we're all thrilled to welcome Minerva", notes Dr. Matthias Mohr, IMD President and Managing Partner of Dr. Heimeier & Partner.

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

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
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.
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