Global executive search group, Horton International with over 40 offices in 30 countries, announced today that the Performan Group has joined the group, further strengthening Horton International’s presence and expertise as a global leader in retained search.
Established in 2003 and led by Managing Partners Sandor Szekely and Erika Gombos, the Performan Group provides executive search and leadership consulting services across a number of sectors in commerce and industry in Hungary, including consumer products and services, financial services, industrial life sciences and healthcare supply chain, logistics and transport and natural resources.
Sandor Szekely is responsible for the Executive Search business, Erika Gombos leads the Leadership Development activities. The Performan Group has become a mature, well respected consulting firm, which is known as a quality provider of all-round leadership search and development solutions to its clients.
Sandor brings to Horton International more than 20 years Executive Search experience. With the exception of a couple of years, which he spent in a multinational environment, he has been working in the executive search sector almost since his MSC and MBA graduation. Beyond managing the search projects and leading the company’s daily operation, he is an accredited consultant in many personality and behaviour-based assessment tools, tests and AC/DC’s. He regularly supports top management with their career change as a senior career coach.
Erika has a wealth of leadership experience, gained partly in a multinational environment, spending more than 7 years in top-leadership roles and more than 13 years as an organisation design consultant. Erika has an MA and two MSC degrees in Economics. As well as the main job of heading the Performan Group´s leadership consulting activities, she works as an accredited test expert, AC/DC consultant and qualified executive coach for her clients` day to day operations.
“The addition of such an established partner to Horton International in Hungary further underpins our global strategy to ensure our clients receive the best worldwide knowledge and expertise tailored to the domestic market,” said Ross Eades, Chief Executive of Horton International. “This demonstrates our continued determination to expand our capabilities across all major global economies as well as our commitment to new and emerging markets.”
“In this growing environment, the Performan Group more than welcomed the opportunity to join Horton International,” said Sandor Szekely. “The main purpose of the Performan Group is to develop a superior relationship with each and every Horton International office and their clients across the world, to find exceptional leaders for their operations and to support them with all-round leadership consultancy in Hungary and in the surrounding CEE countries.”
Hungary, as an active member of the CEE region is an important part of its extensive economic development. This region is currently the world’s 3rd fastest developing area and even compared to the EU as a whole, the growing potential itself is 30% more than the EU itself year on year. To understand it in numbers, it is enough to mention the annual GDP growth of around 3-4% per year, the low inflation rate, the continuously improving economic prospects of business leaders, the rapid rise in domestic consumption, the single digit sales growth expectations at most of the multinational companies or the decreasing unemployment rate even to 0-2%. Hungary is currently taking serious steps in support of the working capital with the continuous increasing of wages to lift the country’s quality of service and by making the tax system more favourable for multinational investments. Based on a CEE study (01/2018) Hungary is currently viewed as a “safe haven” for the working capital, without major political or economic risks.