Klemens Wersonig - TARGET Founder & CEO

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The Slovak TARGET Executive Search team in the Bratislava old town


Last year seemed to be a successful year in terms of finding the perfect matching candidates. Clients and candidates (and my boss) were happy that before Christmas all running projects were from our side finished. Presentations of candidates - done, employment contracts between clients and candidates - signed, candidates resigned from their current job. Now we just wait until the resignation...

Today´s lunch experience! Another experience of dreadful service in Budapest. I went to a small fish restaurant next to our office in Lövöhaz utca. I sat down outside at a table fully packed with half empty glasses. I waited for 5 minutes, waitresses cruised around, not very busy, no noticing, no eye-contact, nothing. Well, I do not give up so easily. So I went inside to a salad bar, after 2...

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In 20 years you and I will look at the iPhone and smile about its antique outdated shapes.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.

20 years ago 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


Mr. Emil Nyerki (Plant Manager Prettl Hungária Kft.)

„TARGET Executive Search is a great partner with a candidate focused, friendly relationship. Our story proves the old rule of success: “be at the right time at the right place”. The hiring process with my company was long and complicated, but colleagues from TARGET managed it in a professional way. We shared continuously information, during the interviews they could establish a supporting environment. After 2,5 years employment with Prettl I still think, I got a great opportunity from TARGET.”

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