Kestria Appoints Americas Practice Leader for Its Technology Practice Group

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August 1, 2022 – Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners, has appointed Travis Hann of Kestria Canada and United States, as Practice Leader for the Americas for its Technology Practice Group. “Kestria helps identify effective technology leaders who act as catalysts to enable quantum business growth,” said Gurdeep Hora, Global Head of Technology Practice, Kestria India. “We are constantly improving our capabilities and range of services around the world. We are delighted to welcome Travis Hann, who is an experienced and tech-savvy executive search leader to this critical practice group. With his support, we will be able to further strengthen our connection with global technology experts and build and improve support for global customers in the Americas.

Mr. Hann is co-founder of Pender & Howe’s North American operations, where he focuses primarily on supporting technology and software companies in identifying world-class leadership talent. Pender & Howe Executive Search is a boutique executive search firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Edmonton, Vancouver and San Francisco. The firm has over 30 years of combined experience in leadership consulting and executive search. Pender & Howe is focused on working with boards and CEOs to identify world-class leaders. It provides leadership solutions that encompass venture capital firms, private equity, new technologies, emerging sectors, as well as board advisory positions. Its clients range from pre-seed startups and VC-backed disruptors to global public companies. His specialties include executive search, CEO search, leadership strategy, succession planning, executive assessment, talent management, executive search, culture transformation, consulting services of administration and digital transformation.

“I am excited to assume the role of regional Americas leader for Kestria’s technology practice,” said Mr. Hann. “We continue to have many exciting opportunities to enhance our collaboration with international technology innovators, expanding beyond their home markets and now more than ever these companies need an effective and consistent research approach to support them in these unstable times, on a global scale. This is what we offer at Kestria.

Kestria added Pender & Howe as a member firm in June. “We are delighted to represent Kestria in Canada and the United States, and we are committed to fulfilling the alliance’s mission to provide first-class executive search services wherever you are in the world, through our efforts in Canada and the United States,” Hann said. “We are confident that this partnership will be mutually beneficial for many years to come.”

“It is exciting for all of us at the Kestria Alliance to welcome our new like-minded colleagues Glenn Lesko, Travis Hann, Céline Chabée and their team,” said Stepan Motejzik, Alliance Director at Kestria. “Their deep expertise of the North American market will greatly enhance our ability to meet customer needs and serve as trusted advisors to strengthen businesses in the region and globally.”

Kestria has partners in over 80 cities across Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. The consortium has completed more than 30,000 assignments for more than 3,000 clients in virtually every industry segment and function, according to the company. Kestria has performed over 40,000 searches for over 4,000 clients, serving everyone from start-ups to major global players.

New Board of Directors

Kestria recently elected a new executive board. The Board is made up of the following members: Rania Abdalla, Tom Berray, Michael Kantel, Katerina Meimaroglou and Rohan Carr (IRC Australia), Chairman of the IRC Executive Board. Ms. Meimaroglou, Managing Partner of IRC Greece (MEIHUNT, Enterprise Talent Management), was elected as a new IRC Board Member.

Kestria is present in more than 45 countries on six continents. More than 50% of its partner companies are run by women. IRC consultants speak 41 languages ​​and represent more than 50 nationalities. “We are delighted to have Katerina join and strengthen our already talented Board of Directors,” said Mr. Carr, Chairman of Kestria. “She will bring a fresh and unique perspective and we look forward to her contribution.”

Ms. Meimaroglou focuses on executive search, particularly in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. Before founding her own company, she was a partner of Cornerstone International Group. She brings corporate experience in human resources management from multinational organizations such as Coca-Cola Co., where she worked for almost six years in roles of regional human resources manager and marketing in Greece, Cyprus and Malta. Prior to that, she worked for British Petroleum as an HR Advisor.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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