OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS

ALC Enable partners with highly regarded experts in an array of strategic and tactical areas critical to the long-term success of executive search firms. From coaching and professional development to marketing implementation, to valuation, and mergers & acquisitions, we work closely to ensure a comprehensive solution to meet our clients’ business objectives.

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Christina Campbell

Business Partner

Emily Ackert Rutten

Emily Ackert Rutten

Business Partner

Lauren Finch

Lauren Finch

Business Partner

José Leyún

Business Partner

Simone Straub

Simone Straub

Business Partner

Suhail Mirza

Suhail Mirza

Business Partner

Marleen Rechsteiner

Marleen Rechsteiner

Business Partner

Philip Ellis

Philip Ellis

M&A & Corporate Finance

Sarah David

Sarah David

Strategy & Change

Gerald Berliner

Group Creative Director

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A seasoned Career Transition Coach since 2009, Christina offers bespoke career advice programmes to senior executives across industry sectors and functions.

With a background in executive search, working at Spencer Stuart for 15 years as well as for a London Boutique, she understands the executive search industry and the leadership within it. Christina has helped Managing Partners and Partners moving from one executive search firm to another or looking to transition from industry into executive search and vice versa.

In a search industry context, Christina is clearly able to understand and assist CEOs and other senior individuals within executive search firms, and she is also able to offer her services to a search firm’s candidates or clients.

Whilst at Spencer Stuart, she worked across a broad range of sector practices including industrial, consumer, and life sciences. Within this context she recruited at senior levels for organisations listed in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, internationally quoted businesses, and privately held businesses including PE.

Christina followed that by moving into the career advisory sector, first at Manchester Square Partners, and later at AGM Transitions where she coached career transition clients and, in particular, helped them to engage with the headhunter marketplace.

Christina’s offering satisfies the need for a senior level career consultancy service which offers a practical and client-tailored approach.

London-based, she continues adding value to the executive search industry in this time of turbulent change. It is her belief that together with ALC Enable she will be able to answer the call for the industry’s ever-increasing level of professionalisation, the growing dynamics of career switching among executives, and the shift to portfolio careers.

 

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Emily brings over 18 years of experience in retained executive search, recruitment process outsourcing, and corporate recruitment management roles, complemented by an MBA in strategy, marketing, and international business.

She has built a repeat clientele of top-tier executive search firms in Canada, as well as multiple corporate clients. She is recognized as an expert in executive search for several industries and functional areas, continuously educating herself on new technologies and sectors.

A key point of interest for Emily is the question of diversity within the senior partnerships of most executive search firms, with individuals from minority groups only just now starting to achieve partner status.

The executive search industry itself needs to get its own house in order, to become far more diversity-conscious and to remain relevant from a changing culture perspective if it is going to be shining the light on the business community with regards to diversity and inclusion.

Emily is excited to be working with ALC Enable’s broad range of clients globally, supporting them with their delivery and helping ALC Enable to promote the embrace of technology within the executive search industry.

Emily is currently based in Toronto, Canada where she lives with her husband and two children. In her free time she dedicates herself to her love of gardening and fibre arts.

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For more than seven years Lauren was the Director of Global Marketing and Public Relations for DHR International, leading the day-to-day marketing operations.

She managed the global marketing and social media strategy, created and managed all internal and external communications, as well as supervised DHR’s outsourced public relations and design firms.

Working as a senior marketing leader in the executive search industry for years has enabled her to understand the unique marketing needs of a professional services firm.

Her interest in partnering with ALC Enable lies in her desire to expand her professional network and learn of new ways in which she can support boutique executive search firms and their partners by drawing on the extensive knowledge she and ALC Enable possess in this sector.

Lauren has lived in the city of Chicago for more than 15 years where she currently resides together with her husband, young daughter, and senior cat. She has travelled to five continents and her life goal is to make it to all seven.

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Jose has 40 years’ experience in executive search and as a business leader.

He has operated in many different industries—not only in his domestic Spanish market but also internationally—involving varied profiles and levels of seniority, both in times of growth and in times of economic crisis.

In addition to this he also helps clients with leadership assessment, executive coaching, organizational consulting, and talent management.

As a recent Executive Chairman and CEO of a global independent network of executive search firms, Jose has had the unique opportunity of working in over 50 countries, in various cultural settings.

Still to this very day, Jose keeps pace with the ever-changing executive search environment: constantly learning, adapting, testing new tools and theories, experimenting with ideas. He is motivated towards continual personal and professional growth, something he has recognized in ALC Enable as a company as well.

Jose currently lives in Madrid, is a self-professed golf fanatic, and enjoys spending his holidays in Asturias at his little country house.

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Simone has been a part of the executive search and recruitment industry since 2005, spending the first 3 years as a consultant before becoming a trainer and coach.

She has helped over 65 executive search and recruitment companies of varying sizes in 12 different countries, on 5 continents.

Throughout her professional career she has offered guidance and advice on best practice for developing and winning clients, managing the hiring process, closing the offer, onboarding, self-organisation, branding, and negotiations as well as building and defining culture.

In addition to sharpening the executive search firm’s client-focused tool kit, Simone simultaneously hones the internal processes and the firm’s ability to market its services to potential clients.

She has decided to partner with ALC Enable because she sees it as a great opportunity to further expand her outreach to executive search firms on an international level, helping them to increase their capabilities, revenue, and profit.

As an extrovert and constantly active by nature, together with her husband she enjoys hiking and cycling in and around the city of Stuttgart, Germany.

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Suhail grew up in East London and graduated in law from the London School of Economics. After an initial career as an employment rights lawyer, he entered the world of business and is a is a well-known and respected figure with senior leaders in both recruitment, and healthcare sectors.

Suhail is a specialist advisor and Chairman to several businesses, including – Engage specialist recruitment, Camino Partners, Empresaria Group member IMS, former City Editor at Recruitment International and judge at the Talint/Recruitment International Awards,

​He has written on both health and social care markets for the likes of Health Investor, Caring Times and Healthcare Market News. He is the author of the forthcoming LaingBuisson UK Healthcare Staffing Market Report 2020 and is Chairman at Retinue Health, which partners with NHS Trusts and private healthcare business across the UK.

Several years ago, following a personal life crisis, Suhail developed Leaders’ Life Mastery Coaching. He is now a successful inner wellness coach, working 1:1 with high-achieving business professionals looking to find balance and success in all areas of their life. Suhail also delivers tailored webinars to businesses to improve the inner wellness and mindset of their teams.

In 2018, Suhail’s acclaimed book Many Mansions was published, which charts Suhail’s personal journey and is the foundation of his Leaders’ Life Mastery Coaching Model – it went on to become an Amazon bestseller.

Suhail divides his time between Kent and London. He has also spent much time in Andalusia, which he describes as his “spiritual home”.

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As a consultant Marleen leads the design and execution of communication plans to build on-brand awareness and to generate business leads.

Previously she worked as Head of PR EMEA at Korn Ferry where she contributed to the reputation of the company and their professionals.

With 30 years’ worth of experience in the public relations sector, she has taken responsibility for a wide range of communications challenges, including those relating to change management and the building of a uniform culture after a merger or acquisition.

She has helped with the development of a corporate identity programme for an international professional services firm and coached search firm partners on personal branding. She also managed to obtain coverage for C-suite executives via tier-one media outlets on their thought leadership styles.

As Marleen sees it, new platforms and search technologies result in increased digital transparency. This in turn makes the visibility and accountability of an executive search firm of the highest importance. The best way to accomplish this is by focusing heavily on the company’s branding strategy.

A strong business positioning requires dedication and a holistic approach. According to Marleen, ALC Enable understands this and provides this to their clients.

She authored a book about her experiences with the raising of her special needs son in the hopes of helping other parents in similar situations. She loves spending her holidays on the small Dutch island of Vlieland, where no cars are allowed.

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Having completed his first deal in the recruitment sector in 1996, Philip has been exclusively focused on M&A within the recruitment, executive search, and human capital industry since 2006.

He has completed over 100 transactions to date, founded and floated a company dedicated to funding recruitment start-ups, and aided a Japanese company with their first UK acquisition.

With a Chartered Accountant background and holding a Corporate Finance Qualification, Philip dedicates himself to advising clients on acquisition strategies, assisting with identifying acquisition targets, approaching targets, negotiating terms, and managing the deal process through to completion.

He also provides guidance on how to create value in executive search businesses to make them ultimately saleable, including considering matters such as employee share schemes. For owners considering a sale, he provides help with approaching potential acquirers and with the sale process itself, including suitable deal structures which may include an earnout where suitable protections are essential.

“The days of the old-fashioned search businesses are numbered and forward-thinking businesses which are agile and embrace technology will be tomorrow’s winners”, says Philip.

Increasingly Philip sees a desire for search firms to acquire contingency/staffing businesses and vice versa. This is where ALC Enable comes in with their presence in the search market. Both Philip and ALC Enable are committed to leveraging each other’s expertise, knowledge, and contacts to deliver services to clients which neither could deliver independently.

Philip is a Freeman of the City of London and has competed in the European Junior Club Athletics Championships.

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Sarah focuses on creating positive direction with leaders who want to make a difference. She does this by working with leadership teams to clarify strategy, accelerate leadership impact and nurture positive culture. Having worked at executive and non-executive level for decades in global and multi-site businesses, including Whitehead Mann and Korn Ferry.

She is experienced in embracing complexity and creating simple, impactful solutions: think big, start small, start now. Sarah is a qualified lawyer, with an MBA focused on strategy and an MSc in coaching psychology, with research focused on the role of leaders’ mental fitness.

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A native of London, Gerald is our group creative director with over 25 years of experience designing and managing award-winning global brands and corporate identities.

He has worked at the highest levels of the creative industry at some of the world’s leading agencies, most notably as a creative director with Wolff Olins in London and executive creative director of Interbrand NY (where he now resides). He was a co-founder and managing partner of Corebrand (now Tenet). Additionally, Gerald served as executive creative director of Publicis’ branding division, The Brand Optimization Systems Group (BOS), and was the worldwide creative director for Boyden Executive Search.

Gerald is also an award-winning photographer and videographer and has lectured both in the U.S. and internationally on the impact that design and communications have on defining, expressing, and leveraging brands.

He is a passionate and avid road cyclist, outdoor explorer and also makes extremely good coffee.