Our People – Gustavo Wurzel

November 10, 2016
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Profile: Gustavo Wurzel, Founding Partner Backer Wurzel & Partners Argentina

We are proud to introduce Gustavo Wurzel, a Founding Partner of Backer Wurzel & Partners in Argentina. Gustavo Wurzel specializes in advising senior executives of energy, infrastructure, natural resources, financial services and consumer goods companies, among others, on issues of talent and on the incorporation of critical resources.

Gustavo started his career at Esso, where he held positions in the supply, commercial and operations areas, the latter at the Campana Refinery. Upon graduating from the Harvard Business School in 1997, he worked for over ten years in management and strategic consulting, initially at A.T.Kearney, where he was a Manager for the Mercosur operation, and later at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was Director for Southern Cone. He was responsible for business development and project management for leading institutions in several countries (Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, the United States, Spain and Italy).

In 2008 he joined the Argentine subsidiary of Korn/Ferry International, until he was recruited by Heidrick & Struggles to lead the re-launch of its operations in Argentina as Managing Partner in charge of the Buenos Aires office.

In 2012, together with Ricardo Bäcker, he founded BACKER WURZEL & PARTNERS, Executive Talent & Search Consultants, a consulting firm focused on improving the satisfaction level of Senior Directors and CEOs with line management, leveraging performance and effectiveness at both team and individual levels.

Gustavo is an active member of Endeavor, a global non-profit organization that catalyzes long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring and accelerating high-impact entrepreneurs, and was Director of the Harvard Club in Argentina, an organization that brings together graduates from Harvard University in Argentina.

He is an Industrial Engineer (Universidad Católica Argentina), graduated with honors. He received the Award for “Best Graduated Student in Engineering” in 1992 from the National Academy of Engineering [Academia Nacional de Ingeniería] and the Award for “Best Graduated Student in Industrial Engineering” that same year from the Professional Council of Industrial Engineering [Consejo Profesional de Ingeniería Industrial]. In 1997, he graduated from the Harvard Business School in Boston with an MBA.