In 1977, four entrepreneurial retained executive search firms in France, Italy, the UK and the USA united to create a network to serve clients with increasingly international needs for talent. It was called Amrop International. Within a year, Switzerland, the Benelux and Germany joined the growing organization.
The founders had strong reputations and adhered to the same rigorous international professional standards and commitment to quality. They shared a flexible and client-centered approach to search. Above all, they each brought deep knowledge of their local markets, befitting firms that had built their businesses there. More than 40 years later, the spirit that characterized Amrop’s pioneers continues to drive our organization’s entrepreneurial culture.
In the 1980s, Amrop expanded its footprint outside the US and Europe, partnering with firms in Latin America, Asia and Africa. This new global strategy propelled Amrop into the Top 7 retained executive search organisations worldwide.
A decade later, Amrop strengthened its presence in Europe, especially in Eastern Europe, while expanding in Latin America and Asia, helping clients source talent for emerging markets.
In 2000, to further strengthen its global coverage and client-focus, Amrop International merged with The Hever Group, itself a growing international network of high quality search firms. The new Amrop Hever Group continued its growth and delivery of executive search services around the world.
In 2009, the organization rebranded as Amrop. This strategic move reflected our strengths as a progressive, cohesive and context-driven global executive search organization.
In 2011, Amrop forged a partnership with leading business school IMD, and launched its Trusted Advisor Program under the umbrella of Amrop University, to strengthen the development of our Partners and Consultants, our key asset.
2012-2013 saw the definition of Amrop’s 2020 Vision, setting the Partnership’s positioning as ‘trusted C-suite advisor’ together with related growth-oriented objectives. Amrop’s new tagline: “Leaders For What’s Next’, expressed Amrop’s identity as an agile, connected and forward looking partnership, applying a context driven methodology.
From that point, Amrop began to intensify its publication of proprietary thought leadership, underpinning the platform of Leaders For What’s Next. A groundbreaking global C-suite study: ‘Welcome to the Flight Deck‘ – an exploration of the human dimension of globalizing mid-caps, was conducted together with IMD. The Amrop Digitization on Boards series examines boards’ readiness for digitization, surfacing key dilemmas, blockages and strategies. Meanwhile, ‘Wise Decision-Making: Stepping Up to Sustainable Performance‘ presents the case for sustainable and responsible leadership, identifying clear avenues to support leaders’ journey from smart, to wise, decision-making, and based on feedback from C-suite leaders around the world.
Since 2015, Amrop has enriched its portfolio of services with the relaunch of its global Leadership Services and Board Services practices.
In 2017, Amrop defined its new Mission: Shaping Sustainable Success Through Inspiring Leaders, together with 6 Values: Agility, Curiosity, Excellence, Inclusion, Caring and Ethics. In the same year, Amrop marked its landmark 40th anniversary – read our commemorative booklet here!
In 2018, Amrop’s 6 Values, each associated with clear underlying Principles, were integrated into its fully-revised Code of Professional Practice, a framework of commitments to the Partnership’s Clients, Candidates and Staff.
For four decades, Amrop has been advising dynamic organisations on identifying Leaders For What’s Next – adept at working across borders, in markets around the world. Looking forward, we will continue to expand our ability to access leading knowledge and talent from local markets, working to the very highest standards of global excellence.