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Talent needs are global. 
That's why you'll find us in every corner of the world.

At Kestria, we have been uniting our clients with top-level leaders for almost three decades. We are the world's largest executive search alliance in terms of global reach – you'll find us wherever your business takes you in the world.

6
Continents
40+
Countries
90+
Cities

Open. Diverse. Inclusive. 
It's who we are.

Our clients are committed to diversity in their management teams. We make a point of presenting candidate shortlists that include gender- and minority-diverse leaders wherever possible. Our organisation spans 40+ countries and six continents, which enables us to search across a truly diverse and inclusive pool of candidates.

50+
Nationalities
41
Languages Spoken
52%
Female-led firms

Kestria is as much about camaraderie as it is about business. We relish our regular face-to-face meetings, building relationships through hard work and laughter in equal measure.

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When that’s not possible, we talk together regularly online. We even created our own online tool to help fulfil our needs – meet Buddy!

We are in the people business, but that doesn’t stop us from leveraging the best technologies to help us provide exceptional service throughout the world. 

That’s why, to help us stay connected globally and utilise our collective strengths, we’ve developed our own intranet-based AI system.

What can Buddy do?

  • Provide us with excellent market data through an extensive and always up-to-date business database - Define the high standard of the client services we provide globally 
  • Connects consultants with the same expertise using the AI algorithms 
  • Provides a platform for our internal meetings - either face-to-face or virtually. .. and much more.

Kestria Academy: Learning platform for our clients and members

Being a member of a truly global alliance like Kestria means getting the best insight from 40+ different markets, sharing best practices and growing together. We want to share these benefits with our clients, which is why we regularly organise small round-table discussions to talk about the latest trends and gain expertise from one another.

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Our story. 
We started in 1993

In the beginning, there were just a few of us. We knew something about each other but worked separately on our own projects. Yet we shared the same vision: that the recruiting business would evolve into a global market and our clients would seize the opportunity to go international. And so we decided to meet.

S&S Consulting Oy Ab from Finland, Carree Biebuyck Partners from Belgium and Yves Kebers & Marc Pare from France sat down together to exchange ideas and the outcome was clear – there was a mutual interest in cooperating and helping local clients to find people for international operations and help each other in finding the right expertise for expat positions.

...and we have been growing ever since.

As with any ambitious project, growing the network is not always easy. But we have learnt a lot along the way and we know that growth at all costs is not the ideal option. Carefully selected partners across territories are crucial for our ability to commit to excellence and provide clients with the best service possible wherever they might be.

4,000+
Clients worldwide
40,000+
Assignments
Jan Holmstrom
IRC Co-founder

I think the team spirit we have is something very unique. We all trust each other as truly top-rank professionals, but at the same time we are like a big family that grew up together and shares the same values.

The Kestria Way to Excellence

1993
IRC established

1994
First successful cross-border search
Expansion to North America - USA

2001
10 member firms on 2 continents

2003
IRC Global Support Team established in Prague

2006
First partner in Asia
First IRC Global Conference takes place in Asia Pacific region (Shanghai)

2007
IRC enters South America (Brazil & Peru)
30 member firms on 4 continents

2008
IRC Regional Groups established

2009
IRC expands to Australia
IRC Practice Groups established

2011
IRC in Africa
Footprint on 6 continents

2012
IRC among the top 10 global executive search alliances

2015
IRC among the top 5 global executive search alliances

2016
With 80+ offices IRC is ranked among the top 3 global executive search firms

2017
World’s Largest Executive Search Alliance

IRC Global Executive Search Partners has been ranked as the largest global executive search alliance as per the Global 25 rankings released by Hunt Scanlon Media. Overall, 90+ globally connected Kestria offices across six continents provide clients with a deep industry knowledge combined with a local market expertise.

2022
IRC is now Kestria

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