In a significant move that promises to further elevate the standards and practices within the executive search and leadership consulting industry, the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) unveils a refresh in its regional councils for the Americas, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), and APAC (Asia-Pacific) regions. This announcement, heralding the appointment of new officers and representatives across these councils, highlights the ever-evolving landscape of executive search and leadership, underscoring the importance of diverse expertise and regional insights in shaping the future of the profession.

The AESC, a global authority representing the top echelons of executive search and leadership advisory firms, plays a pivotal role in setting industry standards and advocating for best practices. Through its regional councils, the AESC ensures a hands-on approach to governance, capitalising on the rich tapestry of experiences and insights offered by its members to steer the profession in a direction that aligns with changing business dynamics, cultural nuances, and leadership challenges across different parts of the world.

Karen Greenbaum, President and CEO of AESC, emphasizes the invaluable contribution of council members in shaping the association’s trajectory, highlighting their role not just in governance but in crafting the vision and guiding principles that will pilot the profession through the challenges and opportunities of the future.

In the Americas, eight new council members have been appointed, with Matrice Ellis-Kirk ascending to the role of Chair and Pilar Brogeras stepping into the Vice Chair position. These appointments reflect a deliberate effort to infuse the council with fresh perspectives while continuing to leverage the deep experience and passion for excellence that define the AESC’s membership. The diversity of expertise among the new appoints, ranging from strategic leadership in executive search and advisory in various industries to leadership development and succession planning, signals a promising year ahead for the ASE Americas Council.

Similarly, the EMEA Council sees the induction of eight new members, appointed to bring a wealth of knowledge and diverse backgrounds from across the region. Steering the EMEA Council for 2024 are Tim Sheffield as Chair and Kristen Smit as Vice Chair, positioning the council to navigate the complexities and unique opportunities present within the EMEA markets. The new members, with their extensive experience ranging from executive search to leadership consulting across various sectors including finance, healthcare, and consumer goods, are set to enrich the council’s capabilities significantly.

APAC’s strategic importance in the global business landscape is mirrored in the AESC’s focus on the region, with four new members joining the APAC Council. Nobi Kaneko and K Sudarshan have been appointed as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. Their leadership, along with the diverse competencies of the new council members, is anticipated to drive greater innovation and adaptability within executive search and leadership consulting practices across the Asia-Pacific region.

This reshuffling of the AESC’s regional councils marks not only a change in personnel but a renewal of commitment towards advancing the executive search and leadership consulting profession. By harmoniously blending seasoned wisdom with new perspectives, the AESC is poised to foster leadership excellence and transformation across industries and borders, ensuring that organizations worldwide are led by visionary and capable leaders well-equipped to navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing global landscape.