Austria and Colombia join AltoPartners Alliance

June 01, 2013 Share this article:

AltoPartners is delighted to announce that two new teams have joined the Alliance in Austria and Colombia:

  • Human Resources Solutions for Austria
  • Executive Connection for Colombia

Jean-Philippe Saint-Geours, Chairman of AltoPartners, commented:

“We had to strengthen our presence in Austria and to be present in one of the key South American countries, Colombia. Our global reach is now significantly increased and I am pleased to welcome Julia, Santiago and their teams in our alliance. Their track record is impressive and their dynamism is outstanding. I am sure they will be great partners”.


Human Resources Solutions is a young and dynamic team, with a particular focus on international development for global brands and on Austrian utilities and public institutions.

Human Resources Solutions’ Managing Director, Julia Zdrahal-Urbanek, commented:

“As many of our clients have pan European respectively global reach, it is absolutely necessary for us to have locally rooted partners in all relevant markets to fulfil search needs beyond our core market and expertise. We are looking forward to contribute to the functional and industry practices of the AltoPartners alliance and in exchange assure that we identify core needs for specific placements based on the wide experience AltoPartners has collectively generated.”


Executive Connection has a particular focus on top management positions within the Consumer Goods, Industrial, Energy, Technology and Healthcare Industries. In addition, the firm is involved in the leadership consulting area with talent assessment for development, retention and succession planning purposes.

The General Manager, Santiago Solis has more than 12 years of experience as a Head Hunter with previous experience as the Managing Partner for Heidrick and Struggles in the Bogota office. Additionally Santiago also worked as a Consultant for Boyden and Spencer Stuart.

Maria Isabel Ventura, Partner for the operation in Colombia has worked as a Headhunter since 2005 for firms like Spencer Stuart and Heidrick & Struggles. As a complement to this experience, she worked in HR for three years leading the Recruiting and Development areas for L’Oréal Colombia. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Marketing.

Executive Connection’s General Manager, Santiago Solis, commented:

“Due to the current positive economic environment in Colombia, AltoPartners and Executive Connection decided to join their forces in this Latin American country. With Executive Connection on board, AltoPartners will cover client’s top executive recruitment needs not only in Colombia but in the Andean Region including Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.”