Review: EMEA Meeting 2012

AIMS International, a worldwide operating Executive Search firm, organized one of its international client and partner meetings on November 2nd and 3rd 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Düsseldorf. 65 people from around the globe attended to exchange experiences on challenging topics. In addition to the partners and executives of AIMS International from the EMEA region, Partners from the USA, Brazil, Japan, China and Australia also participated.

Bruno Meduri, Global HR Business Partner PUR P & T of Bayer Material Science AG, opened the event with a presentation on the new challenges global corporations need to address for what is now called the ‘digital generation’, the digital natives. Their demands on work-life balance, a high degree of freedom, mobility, a broad portfolio of tasks and flat hierarchies, need to be addressed and implemented in both the organizational structure as well as its compensation model, if the company wants to use and maintain the skills of these employees. Additional complexity arises from regional differences, shown by the fundamentally different requirements in the Asian and European region.

Dr. Stephan Schulmeister participated in the meeting as key-note speaker. The Austrian economist is a past Member of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and is a well-known speaker in Europe, presented a medium-term prognosis for the financial markets and international trade globally.

His presentation about the positive effects of several years of predictably price control of raw oil price started a lively discussion about the consequences this could have for the real economy, research and development projects and speculators s on the financial markets.

About AIMS International: founded 20 years ago by five European Executive Search firms, the organization has developed into a global partnership with more than 90 offices in over 50 countries.

“It is an important factor, says Christian Schulte, International Business Development Manager of AIMS International, the structure of any search organization meets’ important needs of the changing global market: a company that wants to develop additional international locations and to expand into developing regions, evaluates executive search firms as valuable partners who they can trust to find, assess and close the best talent in the target market. These companies need partners who can offer similar services with the same quality on a global level and the same processes which are flexible enough to be adapted to the local needs.”

Participating companies included 3M, Bayer Material Science AG, Areva, Denso Automotive, Tyco Pentair, Illinois Tool Works, Metso Corporation, and AIMS International partners.

Rolf Heeb, President of AIMS International, reported the exchange of experience among clients and AIMS International Partners brought interesting new ideas. “We all benefited from the experience of our colleagues. It is always important for organizations to share with other experts whether the solutions they have created for the now growing generation of managers are working in attracting and retaining talent.”

The Media Harbour Düsseldorf with its perfect logistical framework has proved to be an ideal center for this international event. Besides the discussions during the meeting the social part was fun, as the internationally known cartoonist Sascha Cherniajev was a guest, and drew each participant’s caricature.