October 18, 2021 – Executive search firm SpenglerFox has entered into the Swedish market with the appointment of Peter Billing as client partner. In his new role, Mr. Billing will be responsible for the firm’s coverage across Sweden, supporting Swedish clients with local and international talent acquisition, and new clients entering the Swedish market.
“Given our expansion into key markets across Western Europe as part of our business growth strategy, and specifically the strengthening of our existing footprint across Scandinavia, we are particularly excited to welcome Peter to our family and thus cementing our formal entry into Sweden,” said Jens Friedrich, CEO of SpenglerFox. “His strong professional background and decades of experience across the region, will undoubtedly bring tremendous value to our business. Bastiaan’s expertise in CFO search, selection and succession planning is a welcome addition to drive our financial officers practice across EMEA.”
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Mr. Billing has worked in executive search since 2007 including a number of years as partner at Heidrick & Struggles, where he was responsible for industry and technology. He has also spent several years in leading positions with GE Capital and the telecom operator Orange. Mr. Billing studied business administration at Stockholm University and completed various management training courses at GE University Crotonville and Harvard Business School. He is also certified in several assessment and test tools including SHL, Master and Assessio.
“I am happy to join SpenglerFox which is one of the international executive search firms I have had on my radar for some time,” said Mr. Billing. “It has been interesting to see SpenglerFox doing well in the tough time we are going through. And now it will be exciting to be a part of the growing SpenglerFox team, and to continue growing the business and serving our mutual clients.”
Sweden is the 16th richest country in terms of gross domestic product per capita. The service industry accounts for about 85 percent of jobs in the area. The near total absence of heavy industry (and fossil fuel power plants) makes Stockholm one of the world’s cleanest cities. The last decade has seen a significant number of jobs created in high technology companies there. Large employers include IBM, Ericsson, and Electrolux. Stockholm is Sweden’s financial center. Major Swedish banks, such as Nordea, Swedbank, Handelsbanken and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, are headquartered there, as are the major insurance companies Skandia, Folksam and Trygg-Hansa.
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Founded in 2003, SpenglerFox is a global search and HR services firm working across multiple territories serving both the mature and emerging markets. The firm also provides interim management, payrolling and recruitment process outsourcing in both mature and emerging markets. The firm also has a dedicated focus on board work for small to mid-sized companies and a research team that provides talent mapping and pipelining solutions.
SpenglerFox recently appointed Bastiaan Fontein as client partner and head of its financial officers practice. He is based in the Netherlands and supports the growth of the executive search and interim management services across the Benelux region.
“Given our expansion into the Netherlands as part of our broader Benelux regional growth strategy, we are excited to welcome Bastiaan to our family,” said Mr. Friedrich. “His strong professional background and decades of experience across the region, will undoubtedly bring tremendous value to our business. In addition, Bastiaan’s expertise in CFO search, selection and succession planning is a welcome addition to drive our financial officers practice across EMEA.”
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