Human Resources

Committed to build the Future of HR

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.

What we can do for you

In our management consulting practice, we do consulting “with you” and not “to you” and all our interventions are focused on capability transfer; you will get the What, the How and the Why.

People Strategy

Partnering with HR leaders in defining People Strategy and talent management practices, e.g. succession planning

Translating strategy into actionable plans

Coaching (HR) teams in implementing their plans

Employee Experience

We help build data insights and prioritize ‘what’s next’, deliver EX customized boot camps, coach EX teams on how to transform and redesign HR organizations

Access to EX Leaders Network

Future of Work and HR

Delivering workshops, masterclasses to build the HR function for the future based on a wide body of research, practical experience and use cases, e.g. Agile HR, Employee Experience

Sparring partner of HR leaders

Trusted advisor regarding people related matters

HR team building

HR capability assessment

Coaching (future) HR leaders

(Leadership) Team Development

Help to discover underlying team dynamics to increase their team effectiveness

Design & delivery of team programs to realise mindset & behavioural change

Building up internal change capability by training team facilitators and coaches.

Organization & cultural change

Reshaping culture, mindset, behaviours. Leading humancentric change. Ensuring the human element is well considered through change management, communication and HR interventions

Strategic Workforce Planning

Translating business strategy into workforce implications

Defining required capacity & capability

Defining actionable plans

Build Agile HR capability

Learning & Development

Design & implementation of strategy and architecture

Design & delivery of development interventions

Team Development

Leadership & Inclusion

Design & delivery of leadership development programs e.g. design inclusive leadership strategies

Leadership assessment

Diversity awareness


Knowledge, Network and Community builders

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.


Our team

Ruud Rikhof

Ruud Rikhof

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

Philippe De Bock

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

Sebastian Malinski

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.

Lucille Adriaens

Lucille Adriaens

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

Tineke van den Heuvel

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

Mirna Zerekli

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.

Joyce Wicherts

Joyce Wicherts

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.

Annett Zippel

Annett Zippel

Annett Zippel is an HR Executive with more than 15 years of global HR practice across the life sciences, biotechnology, agriculture and chemical industry. Annett has a strong track record in transformational change projects in large multinational companies including culture change, organizational development and effectiveness and leadership team development. Before joining KennedyFitch she has been the Global HR Head for the newly created Biotechnology business at Novartis focusing on strategic talent pipelining and talent development projects. Annett is a certified Change Excellence Professional and a trained High Performing Team facilitator. She displays a strong passion and dedication towards Diversity & Inclusion particularly in the area of women in leadership and serves as mentor and co-chapter lead for the Basel "ThriveforMentoring" initiative.

Joan Beets

Joan Beets

Joan has over 14 years of HR experience within leading organizations in the Oil & Gas, HR Solutions and Flavors & Fragrances industries. She has held global and regional roles focused on HR Strategy, Organizational Development, Change Management and Talent Mobility. Combining an MBA degree from IMD with Coaching skills gained at HEC, she is able to balance both the business and human perspective in the work that she does and build strong connections with stakeholders. Her passion lies in creating inclusive environments in which people are encouraged and supported to be the best they can, through the use of data, technology and culture. She has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Joan is a member of the IMD Alumni Advisory Committee and active contributor to various initiatives on gender equality.

Sanne Rietveld

Sanne Rietveld

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