Klemens Wersonig - TARGET Founder & CEO

7 offices, covering more than 50 countries

More than 1500 successful placements across CEE

Over 300,000 up-to-date candidate profiles

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Every year our Slovak team invites us for a Goose Dinner

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TARGET goose dinner in Slovakia

News

 Romania booming - Where are the people?

Romania is booming again with a growth of almost 5%. All speakers at an international investment conference in Bucharest were highly positive about the economy. But the workforce is missing. Where are the people? Well 4 million Romanians have gone abroad during the past 20 years. Can some of them be convinced to go home? Doubtful. The solution is rather opening the borders for immigration. Hard to swallow for some, already reality for many.

Headhunters from TARGET Executive Search CEE and Grünewald Consulting Germany met for a 2 day workshop and experience exchange. During the discussion about current fee policies a new client called the TARGET CEO, Klemens Wersonig and the whole group got an authentic live demonstration of successful business closing.  Cedric Schütz from Grünewald Consulting was particularly interested to benchmark the modern data management system of TARGET with the own German system. The future of headhunting certainly lies in a well-balanced combination of data management and people skills.

TARGET CEE Study results

Can Central and Eastern European Management Compete?

In 2009 and 2015 TARGET Executive Search published 2 major studies in cooperation with leading universities. Each time around 1000 Expats throughout CEE (+app. 200 local managers) were asked about their opinion on the local (CEE) management competitiveness (“Can local management compete?”) These studies are available here.


TARGET 2015 study results                                          TARGET 2009 study results

 

In 20 years you and I will look at the iPhone and smile about its antique outdated shapes. :) and we will tell our kids and grandchildren, that this was a real big revolution - back then 20 years ago - and they will laugh about us.
The same happens now, when I tell my kids, that 20 years ago the internet just started. There were no e-mails, no social networks, mobil phones weighed 5 kilos etc.

In 1994 I founded this company, TARGET Executive Search. My partner and I, we started in a typical "garage" in Budapest. Ok, it was not a garage, but close enough, a 1 room office with 6m2, 1 PC and 4 people. As soon as our main and dominant competitor learned about our existence they hired away our only 2 employees for double money, so only the 2 founding partners were left and we started to build TARGET from scratch. Many stories to tell...I will write a book, but one major lesson to retain.

Despite the technological revolution, from letters to e-mails, from heavy phone books to facebook, from excel database to linkedin, despite all this the people are still the same. No technology can replace the human factor in senior recruitment. Now we all have immediate access to people around the globe, but at the end of the day quality recruitment remains a personal decision based on that unique human chemistry that will not come across in any video interview. We treat much more data now, much faster, but the personal fit must be there. Only then it will be a long-term success.

Guess what! We really have placed candidates 20 years ago, who are still at the same company and made great careers. What a great fit! Thank you for being with us as clients, candidates, colleagues and friends.

 

Klemens Wersonig
Founder & CEO
TARGET Executive Search Group

References

Mr. Herman Lauwers (Head of Human Resources Eurofit Group)

„I am working for several years in Central Europe with TARGET Executive Search and I always appreciate the attention that Klemens and his team is giving me. All team members are interested in the story you bring to them, and this makes the personal contact and the recruitment a much more effective process. They invest to understand our business and our needs and think creatively with me, to find good answers. It is good to see that they can think out of the box. It is a pleasure working together.”

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