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Jacques Sarfatti

Managing director, Russell Reynolds Associates

Company Info: Russell Reynolds Associates

Web site:

Address: Av. Das Nações Unidas, 11857 – 12o andar, São Paulo – SP 04578-000, Brazil

Phone: 55 11 3345-1421


Advice: Be a team builder; be prepared to listen; share your strengths and work on your weaknesses; be a strategic thinker and don't get caught in daily pressure.

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Adequate style to fit the culture of the company, result orientation, good reputation, and empathy.

Sector specialization: Mining and metals, chemicals and processing, global energy, engineering and construction, forest products

Job function specialization: C-suite, board members, industrial directors

Geographical Focus: Latin America

Companies I often recruit for: N/A

Favorite historical figure: Albert Einstein for his countless contributions to humanity.

Education: Pontificia Univ. Catlica, Civil Engineering, 1984; Postgraduate degree, Marketing, 1987; Univ. of California at Berkeley, MBA, 1998

Languages: Portuguese (native), English, French, Spanish

Employment history: Russell Reynolds Associates: Managing Director, 2003 to present; Executive Director, 1999-2003; Alcoa Alumnio: Industrial Manager, Foundry Div., 1997-99, Industrial General Manager, Packaging Div., 1996; Rheem Metalurgica, Industrial Superintendent, 1993-96; Andersen Consulting: Senior Manager, 1991-93; Manager, 1988-91; Consultant, 1987-88; Senior Analyst, 1986-87; Junior Analyst, 1985-86; Trainee Analyst, 1985

Other interests: Reading, studying international cultures

Professional/Membership Affiliations: Engineering Association of São Paulo

Experience in executive search consulting: 9 years

High Profile Placement: N/A

Other paths I might have pursued: Consulting

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: Deals (whether private equity deals or corporate mergers and acquisitions) have reached record levels and will continue to grow. Corporate performance will increasingly adopt a multicultural aspect, which requires adaptability and open-mindedness.

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