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Who We Are

Our Story
Talent needs are global.
That's why you'll find us in every corner of the world.

IRC Global Executive Search Partners has been bringing top leadership talent to clients for more than twenty years. Ranked as the world's largest executive search alliance in terms of global reach, you'll find us wherever in the world your business takes you.


With one local partner you can tap into a global network to find the best candidates everywhere.

Amsterdam, Cairo, New York, or Shanghai. Open the door to any of our partner offices and meet a dedicated professional with a deep understanding of the local market and instant access to a global network of contacts.

My clients appreciate the close relationships I enjoy with IRC offices worldwide. Now they can come to me for all their talent searches instead of trying to find someone new to work with in each country.
Rania Abdalla

Rania Abdalla

Member of the IRC Executive Board

As entrepreneurs ourselves we understand your business needs.

Our partners run their own businesses locally and most have held executive positions in major international companies. This gives us deeper insight into your business and your local preferences. We go the extra mile to give you the support you need. Because we know what it's like to walk in your shoes.

Executive Search Professionals
Managing Partners

Open, diverse, inclusive. That's who we are.

Our clients are committed to management diversity, so we make a point of presenting candidate short-lists that are inclusive of women and minority leaders, wherever possible. Our organization spans 45+ countries and 6 continents, which gives us a unique advantage in maintaining truly inclusive executive searches.

Languages spoken
Female-led firms

Meet Our Members

The IRC Way — We always perform quality assurance to make sure you get the best candidates in the shortest time possible.

We feel strongly that our services should meet or surpass our clients' expectations. That's why we have designed and implemented our own CRM system to measure executive searches. This system uses surveys of our clients and candidates to get as much insight as possible into what and how we can improve to support your business in terms of candidate quality, assignment length, and overall client service.

Successful Assignments
Average Diversity of Shortlisted Candidates
66 d
Average Assignment Duration

Featured client story

Watch the story of IRC and the fast-growing Royal de Heus Group, which came to us to match talent to new positions as they were created.

Isolde Eleveld, Corporate Director Human Resources, Royal De Heus Group


We started in 1993

In the beginning, there were just a few of us. We knew something about each other but worked separately on our own projects. Yet we shared the same vision: that the recruiting business would evolve into a global market and our clients would seize the opportunity to go international. And so we decided to meet.

S&S Consulting Oy Ab from Finland, Carree Biebuyck Partners from Belgium and Yves Kebers & Marc Pare from France sat down together to exchange ideas and the outcome was clear – there was a mutual interest in cooperating and helping local clients to find people for international operations and help each other in finding the right expertise for expat positions.


IRC Founding Partners from Finland: Jan Holmström, Sanna Leppäluoto, Lars-Erik Gustafsson

...and we have been growing ever since.

As with any ambitious project, growing the network is not always easy. But we have learnt a lot along the way and we know that growth at all costs is not the ideal option. Carefully selected partners across territories are crucial for our ability to commit to excellence and provide clients with the best service possible wherever they might be.

Clients worldwide
Countries we have successfully placed candidates
Languages spoken
I think the team spirit we have is something very unique. We all trust each other as truly top-rank professionals, but at the same time we are like a big family that grew up together and shares the same values.
jan Holmstrom

Jan Holmstrom

IRC Co-founder

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The IRC Way to Excellence


IRC established


First successful cross-border search
Expansion to North America - USA


10 member firms on 2 continents


IRC Global Support Team established in Prague


First partner in Asia
First IRC Global Conference takes place in Asia Pacific region (Shanghai)


IRC enters South America (Brazil & Peru)
30 member firms on 4 continents

Hamilton Teixeira, Managing Partner IRC Brazil

Hamilton Teixeira, Managing Partner IRC Brazil


IRC Regional Groups established


IRC expands to Australia
IRC Practice Groups established


IRC in Africa
Footprint on 6 continents

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO IRC South Africa

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO IRC South Africa


IRC among the top 10 global executive search alliances


IRC among the top 5 global executive search alliances


With 80+ offices IRC is ranked among the top 3 global executive search firms


World’s Largest Executive Search Alliance

IRC Global Executive Search Partners at the IRC Global Conference in Shanghai in 2017

IRC Global Executive Search Partners at the IRC Global Conference in Shanghai in 2017

IRC Global Executive Search Partners has been ranked as the largest global executive search alliance as per the Global 25 rankings released by Hunt Scanlon Media. Overall, 90+ globally connected IRC offices across six continents provide clients with a deep industry knowledge combined with a local market expertise.

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