Human Resources

We have a global reach and deep expertise in executive search for Human Resources. Our clients are top HR leaders in multinational companies and we have placed senior HR talent across the entire spectrum of HR on all continents. Candidates see us as a knowledgeable, objective and trusted career advisor and cherish that they can work with experts who have a stake in the HR profession and are committed to build the Future of HR, sharing the knowledge and expertise across networks and communities.

We help to build the workplace of the future, are “talent and leadership developers” and provide interventions on an individual, team and organizational level to build future proof performance as a result of changes in mindsets and behaviors. Through executive coaching, team facilitation and organizational transformation practices, we touch the “hearts and minds” of talented leaders, teams and companies. Our approach can equally be applied to large scale cultural and/or HR transformations
The new way of working is powered by networks. To that end we are “knowledge, network and community builders”. We offer workshops about the future of HR, we teach at Business Schools and are working with Universities to advance their HR curriculum. We are the founder and organizer of BEYOND HR Forum, host webcasts and international HR communities to connect our networks with academics, consultants and thought leaders. We are the change catalyst for what is next in HR.

For more information, contact Ruud Rikhof

Ruud Rikhof

Managing Partner

Ruud Rikhof is co-founder of KennedyFitch and a Human Resources executive with 30+ 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 The Netherlands, Austria, the UK and Switzerland. At KennedyFitch he focuses predominantly on executive search for the Human Resources function. He is the co-founder of the BeyondHRForum, was 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 and the Netherlands. He also he sponsored an award winning study on Human Capital investments in the Private Equity industry and co-authored research on learning agility.

Philippe De Bock

Partner

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 long standing experience as HR practitioner and leader, he is specialized in talent identification, leadership assessment, direct search, leadership development initiatives, individual coaching and HR strategy development work – mainly in the disruptive HR space. 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.

Sebastian Malinski

Partner

Sebastian 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.

Telma Viale

Partner

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.

Lucille Adriaens

Partner

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 worked 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 Development for the semiconductor division. Lucille started her career as HRBP in the consumer electronics division. She is an advisory board member of TIAS and she chairs HR and Talent Management networks for EGN. 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. Lucille is a certified Leadership Circle Profile consultant and coach. She completed a post Master in Behavioral Learning & Development and Master in Human Resource Science at the University of Tilburg.

Tineke van den Heuvel

Partner

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 is a certified Systems-Psychodynamics Coach and Consultant by the Tavistock Institute/ University of Utrecht. 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.

Mirna Zerekli

Partner

Mirna 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.

Elliott Nelson

Partner

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.

Joyce Wicherts

Partner

Joyce brings 20 years of international HR experience across a variety of businesses and geographies within Philips. She built her track record in high growth, business turnaround and downsizing situations. Organization Change, Cultural Change, Leadership and Team Effectiveness have been recurring topics on her HR Agenda. She has extensive experience in HR Business Partner roles, as well as CoE roles in Talent Management, Capability Building and International Mobility and has worked with Philips based out of the Netherlands and India, and worked internationally with teams across the globe. Joyce holds a Masters degree in International Business Studies from the University of Maastricht, studied at Université Pièrre Mendès in Grenoble, France and complemented this with graduate programs in Organizational & Industrial Psychology at Nijmegen University. She is certified by McKinsey as Facilitator and Coach for Leadership Transformation and also member of several professional communities for international HR and HR Development.

Team Human Resources


Ruud Rikhof

Ruud Rikhof

Managing Partner

Ruud Rikhof

Executive Search Human Resources

Philippe De Bock

Executive Search & Management Consulting Human Resources

Sebastian Malinski

Executive Search Human Resources

Telma Viale

Executive Search & Management Consulting Human Resources

Lucille Adriaens

Management Consulting Human Resources

Tineke van den Heuvel

Management Consulting Human Resources

Mirna Zerekli

Executive Search, also for Human Resources

Elliott Nelson

Management Consulting Human Resources

Joyce Wicherts

Management Consulting Human Resources