MANAGING PARTNERRuud Rikhof is co-founder of KennedyFitch and a Human Resources executive with 25+ years of experience with IBM, Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Nuance Group, UBS and SHV (one of the largest family owned company in the Netherlands). He has worked in global, regional and local roles and served client populations of up to 20.000 employees and led HR teams of 50+ HR Business Partners and was based in Amsterdam, Vienna, London, Munich, Basel and Zurich.
At KennedyFitch he focuses predominantly on executive search for the Human Resources function and Management Consulting. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Executive Masters of Strategic Human Resources Management (a joint program of Bocconi and Cornell), assessor at the Schweizer Studienstiftung, co-founder of the CHRO-circle in Switzerland, co-founder of International HR Communities in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Singapore, advisor to Bookbridge (an Ashoka-funded social enterprise) and advisory board member of Universum. He also he sponsored an award winning study on Human Capital investments in the Private Equity industry and co-authored research on learning agility.
He works from the KennedyFitch offices in Zurich, Dubai and Amsterdam.
Tineke van den Heuvel brings 20 years of international HR experience in transformational leadership roles as HR director, Consultant, Executive Facilitator and Coach with Unilever, HayGroup, Novartis and Philips based out of the Netherland and Switzerland. She has a proven track record in large scale global transformational change (Cultural change, Leadership Team Effectiveness, Organizational redesign), touching head and heart in organizational, team and individual processes. Tineke has worked with leaders and teams across the globe in the US, China, Japan, Dubai, and others.
Tineke holds a Masters degree in International Business Studies from the University of Maastricht and has expanded her HR knowledge with Human Resource Executive programs from the London Business School and University of Michigan, Ross Business School. She is certified by McKinsey as Facilitator and Coach for Leadership Transformation and currently follows an Executive Post-Doc Systems-Psychodynamics Organizational Coaching & Consulting at the University of Utrecht/Tavistock Institute. She is also a member of several professional communities for international HR and HR Development and is a guest lecturer at the Tilburg University in Strategic Human Resource Management.
Telma Viale combines understanding of the international public sector, as well as technical knowledge as an organizational psychologist, with over 25 years of experience supporting global leadership within institutions dealing with sustainable development challenges in areas such as health, climate, migration, social protection, employment, skills, and sustainable peace. She has lived and worked in the USA, Switzerland, the UK, France, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Italy, Denmark, and is fluent in five languages.
Her background comprises advocacy roles as Special Representative to the United Nations and Director of the International Labour Organization in New York, as their focal point for the UN Task Team for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Vice-Chair of the UN Development Group – a consortium of UN agencies, created to improve the effectiveness of UN development activities at the country level. Telma has been a pioneer in bridging organizational psychologists’ insights with humanitarian work. She has led human resources departments servicing global stakeholders in over 50 countries, addressing talent management transformations, building strategic unity, and leadership development. Recently, Telma has been the Organizational Development Director for a global executive search firm, leading Director-General searches for institutions such as the Asian Development Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Global Environment Facility, and UNICEF.
Telma holds a Master in Organizational Psychology with a focus on organizational change and consultation from Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Romance Languages from the City University of New York. Telma was also a scholar of the US National Science Foundation. Her pro bono contribution to sustainable peace and development includes directing global partnerships and influence for the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
Philippe De Bock brings more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources with companies such as American Express, Cummins Diesel Engine Company, Belgacom, DHL, Chiquita, Telenet and lastly with Ahold/Delhaize where he co-led the selection & appointment process during the merger between Ahold & Delhaize.
Next to his HR generalist experience as HR Business Partner/Director, he specialized in Talent Management, Executive Recruitment, Leadership Development and Coaching.
Philippe holds a Bachelor degree in social science and completed several HR executive development programs at different business schools like UAMS, EHSAL, INSEAD, Henley. He also completed the Advanced Management course at Vlerick and obtained his coaching certification at Columbia University. He holds several certifications in leadership assessment and development tools – such as Insights Profiler, LEA, IDI and Learning Agility.
PARTNERMirna Zerekli is an HR executive with 25+ years global track record in international Human Resources. She started her career in 1995 with Shell in Syria and progressively grew through the company with international HR roles based in the UK and the Dutch Headquarters of Shell, moving between business facing positions and talent CoE assignments. In her last role of her 15 years career with Shell, she was the UK HR Head for Shell Oil products, before moving to Alstom Thermal Power where she was, based out of Switzerland, the Global Head of Talent for the 35.000 employee division of the Alstom Group. In 2015 she moved to Denmark when she was appointed VP and Group Head of Talent at Danfoss, a leading engineering company with 25.000 employees. Mirna specialises in Talent Management, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Change Management and Executive Search and is passionate about unleashing potential and enabling change. She is also experienced in executive search utilising her vast network across the globe. In addition to her corporate work, Mirna mentors and coaches female entrepreneurs in emerging markets with the Trestle Group Foundation. Most recently, she is involved with the Syria Trust for Development helping to set and implement their HR strategy supporting the Trust’s rapid growth that aims to facilitate the education, reintegration and development of the country’s human capital. Mirna lives in London and works globally.
Lucille Adriaens is an HR executive with more than 20 years of international experience in human resources, covering all geographies and core business functions within Philips. She has been working for multiple divisions in a wide variety of HR capabilities. In her last role she was VP HR for Global Strategy, Innovation and Marketing. Prior to this she was in Philips Corporate as Head HR new venture integrations. Previously she was Head Talent Management Benelux, Head of Head of Global Executive Talent and Learning and between 1998 and 2004 she was Global Head HR for the semiconductor division. Lucille started her career as HRBP in the consumer electronics division. She is an advisory board member of the TIAS NIMBAS and she chairs HR networks for EGN and is active platform member for Augustus Connect
Lucille brings expertise and has a proven track record in guiding transformations in Talent Management, Post Merger Integration as well as in Leadership Development. Connecting heart and head, she is a Leadership Development facilitator, a Team Effectiveness specialist and a one-on-one Executive Coach. Lucille completed the Tavistock program in Coaching for Leadership and Professional Development and is a certified Accelerated Team Performance Trainer. She completed a post Master in Behavioural Learning & Development and Master in Human Resource Science at the University of Tilburg.
Elliott Nelson specializes in coaching leaders and teams in Transformations and helping companies build an Employee Experience-based People Strategy. He has 25 years experience building the People Strategy and leading large scale Transformations in top global companies. He served as the global corporate head of Talent Management and Organization Development, building the People Strategy and Talent, OD and Learning functions at Pfizer, AkzoNobel, Novartis, Fujitsu Consulting, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers and Compaq. He is native to the U.S. and has lived in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Elliott coaches leaders and leadership teams as they lead Transformations, helping them develop new mindset, tools and capabilities in the context of business problems. He is a thought leader in Digital and Disruptive Transformations and building networks of business and HR leaders to share best practices and drive above-market growth and business impact. He helps companies build Customer-centric Digital and Design-Thinking-based tools and capabilities. In the HR function, he helps companies build the Employee Experience and supporting new strategies and processes that drive business impact e.g. in leadership development, succession planning, high potential assessment and development, performance management and career development. Elliott has an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird, a Bachelors’ Degree in Finance from Brigham Young University and Coaching Certification from Columbia University.
He works from KennedyFitch offices in New York and Zürich.
PARTNERSebastian is a Human Resources Executive with close to 20 years of experience from international companies operating in food, FMCG and healthcare industries. He has served with Medtronic, Philip Morris and Bahlsen in local subsidiaries, manufacturing environments and in international headquarters in Poland and Switzerland. During his tenure, he has accumulated deep insight to the latest trends in the area of talent management, employer branding, employee engagement and inclusion.
Being passionate about education systems he co-founded the Lake Leman International School, a private international school operating in the Lake Geneva region. He is also engaged in initiatives aiming at tangible improvements of gender balance at the leadership levels of various organisations. In this context, he represents EDGE, an organisation that has developed a unique methodology to certify companies on their gender equality strategy and practice. Sebastian is a co-founder of the International HR Community in Singapore. He holds an Engineering and Masters degree in Organisation Management from the Academy of Science and Technology in Krakow.
He works from our offices in Switzerland and Singapore.
DIRECTORUtkarsh completed a BA in electronics and electrical engineering, followed by a BA in electronics and laser engineering at MIT in Boston. After a summer intern with McKinsey in New York he joined Credit-Suisse in Singapore in the trading department and was fast-track promoted to an associate in their M&A department. He subsequently joined a social enterprise for migrant workers where he successfully helped the foundation to professionalize and grow; this NGO has been selected in 2013 as charity of the year by Barclays Capital.
In 2013 he completed his MBA in St Gallen and post MBA he was lead associate for the divestiture of Sulzer METCO. Utkarsh brings M&A experience across a variety of industries, with a focus on Industrial Goods/Services (FMCG, Pharma, Building Materials, Telecommunications, e-Commerce) across Asia Pacific (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Singapore) and Europe, Switzerland and APAC.
He works in our offices in Switzerland and Singapore.