Alain Tanugi

Chairman, Transearch Intl. Deutschland

Company Info: Transearch Intl. Deutschland

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Address: 37-39 rue Boissière, , 75116 Paris, France

Phone: 33 1 44 34 2000


Advice: Always aim for better, no matter who is on the receiving end: employees, shareholders, customers, your spouse or family. Avoid promising too much and always surprise with your delivery!

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: I don’t just look for candidates with a good IQ, sound reasoning, analytical skills, and high levels of energy and drive, but also for people with heaps of common sense, who know how and when to do the right things, and have the wider set of corresponding soft and social skills that enable them to get the best out of people and to increase the performance of their business. I also want people who are fast learners and can easily adapt to changing environments and are flexible enough to meet new strategic challenges. People who are not more demanding of others than they are of themselves.

Sector specialization: Board services (all industries)

Job function specialization: Executive and nonexecutive directors, CEOs and their direct reports

Geographical Focus: Europe

Companies I often recruit for: Confidential

Favorite historical figure: Napoleon

Education: HEC Paris, MSc, Management, 1978

Languages: French, English

Employment history: Transearch International: Head of the Global Board Services Practice, 2000 to present; Chairman, 1990 to present; Managing Director France & Continental Europe 1982-90; Groupement Fran?ais de Conseils: President, 1974-82; Career Counseling & Outplacement Services, 1974-75; Executive Search, 1975-82; Groupe George V Paris, 1971-74; Conduit/St Paul Group London, General Manager, Training Services Career Counseling, 1969-71; Thomson Organization, Sales & Marketing Manager, Training Services Div.-Continental Europe, 1968-69; Sales Manager, Training Services Div. in France

Other interests: Classical music, economics, politics, gastronomy

Professional/Membership Affiliations: French Institute of Directors

Experience in executive search consulting: 33 years

High Profile Placement: Various

Other paths I might have pursued: If I could read music, a conductor, or an investment banker working in M&A

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: Beyond the obvious globalization of business, the globalization of the talent pool and the continuing global war for talent will mean that retaining talent will become totally decisive in the success and survival of any business.