Meet the team behind Executive Search
After completing his studies at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Guido Leissinger began his professional career in management consultancy. His successful activities included organisational consultancy in many different companies dealing in a variety of commercial fields. Due to his very distinct interest in people, he switched from management to personnel consultancy.
Guido Leissinger founded ISG in 1999 and has since built up the company from zero to more than 500 people in 23 countries.
His leadership style is characterised by the notion that the human being should always be the central focus of all considerations. ISG’s long-term success can only be achieved through teamwork, mutual respect and understanding as well as constant on-the-job training.
Motto: „Success is not a coincidence“
Ms. Blanck studied Economics and Business Psychology with a focus on Human Resource Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt.
She is originally from Bratislava where she gained extensive professional experience within an international working environment.
Her professional career commenced at the Delegation of the European Commission, furthermore she worked in an international marketing agency for cross-border projects and she carried out work for a law consultancy with a focus on Central & Eastern Europe.
Maintaining a consistently high standard of work, enthusiasm and intercultural competence gained through her experience puts Ms. Blanck in the position to be a competent contact partner for national and international clients.
Industrial sector: automotive, aviation, chemical industry, food processing, packaging industry, energy and construction
Service sector: legal consultancy, tax and audit advisory, marketing and advertising, financial services, tourism and transport
Trade: import, export, retail, wholesale
Motto: „The journey is the destination” (Confucius)
Ferdinand Kamenicky started his professional career on a trainee program at Citibank, where he was soon entrusted with management responsibilities as Financial Controller, Senior Branch Operations Officer and Relationship Manager for multi-national corporate customers. Following that he was the Managing Director and Chairman of Citibank in Retail Banking.
In the following challenging years as Project Manager and Senior Director for Sales Strategy at Creditanstalt, he obtained experience in the merging of departments and banks.
As a member of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Volksbank Krems-Zwettl AG, he became familiar with the special nature and strengths of regional banks in multi-layered bank structures.
Since 2005 Ferdinand Kamenicky is an independent company consultant, a qualified coach and registered mediator (specialisations: corporate culture, the costs of conflict, generation conflicts etc.) and since the middle of 2011 has been supporting his customers, as an ISG partner, in the following areas:
Motto: “Clarity before harmony.”
Harald Mörtenhummer started his career as a constructor for the Siemens AG. In 1985 he participated in a trade training program (BILLA AG), after which he took over the responsibility for the training of new employees and executives (from apprenticeship to executive management) and established and managed the HR – department.
Subsequently he completed numerous trainings and took on various challenges in marketing as marketing manager (LOWA GmbH), managing director sales (Bauhaus GmbH) and as restructuring manager of several trade organisations. In 2002 different international appointments followed, such as CEO (bauMax AG) or managing director CEE (Praktiker AG), which involved international procurement marketing, category management and logistics assignments. His experience as a supervisory board member in the food- & non-food sector round off his extensive expertise.
Currently he is managing partner at the ISG Executive Search Competence Centre and is looking after clients in the following sectors:
Executive consultant, interim- & project manager, supervisory board member, managing director of CEE-countries, management board and director of international companies
Praktiker International GmbH, Forstinger GmbH, bauMax AG, MediaMarkt GmbH, LÖWA GmbH, Digital Equipment Corp., BILLA AG, Siemens AG
Dr. Rupert Schmutzer has more than 10 years of experience as management consultant for business transformation and IT alignment.
While working for top consulting companies (KPMG, Accenture, IBM, act management consulting) serving top clients he achieved proficiency in professional services and gained deep insights into IT business.
With these challenges he was able to collect experiences and knowledge in various fields like strategy, project management, business development, key account management and sales.
Rupert has grown in his professional career into a position as trusted advisor for decision makers. He has always developed and established long-term relationships with clients.
Rupert is your professional contact for quick and reliable staffing of mission critical positions in IT business and professional services.
Motto: „Connect people who make a difference with challenges that matter.“
During his studies of tourism management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Martin Tamussino started his professional career with Lauda Air in 1986.
After eight years of recruiting and training cabin crews, and having professional and disciplinary responsibility for over 300 flight attendants he changed to CATRO Personalconsulting. Due to his interest and know-how of the service sector he was successful in search and selection of candidates for various management positions.
In his function as Resident Manager and Managing Director for Trade Legality of a ****star hotel in Vienna, he was responsible for the management, the establishment of new business structures, the implementation of innovative business strategies and sales.
After one year abroad in Switzerland, he worked five years in the biggest Austrian Hotel Group as Director of Sales, responsible for the coordination of Sales & Marketing activities with 26 hotels in Austria.
Since 2002 he has been strengthening the ISG team with his dedication to work for people in the service sector. With his enthusiastic style he continuously works for the right solution for his clients in various industries. Due to his commitment he was given power of attorney in 2003.
His work style is characterized by offering his clients personal commitment, high performance and customer-oriented services.
Motto: „To place trust in oneself and in others“
Munich / Germany
D – 81373 München
Innsbruck / Austria
A – 6020 Innsbruck
Dr. Gordon Koell has more than 27 years of experience as a leader in the healthcare-sector, in the medical devices-as well as in the biotech-industry. He furthermore specialises in health IT and applied medical research. In his spare time Dr. Koell serves as a lecturer at universities. His HR management experience comprises C-Level and senior management expertise in diverse national and international management functions as well as in a biotech start-up. His wealth of experiences includes profound knowledge of business development, innovation and human resource policies in multinational corporations with intercultural structures. Dr. Koell holds a doctoral degree in business administration from the University of Liverpool, a Master’s degree in management & leadership and a further degree in electrical engineering. As a Global Managing Partner he contributes his wide expertise to ISG Healthworld.
Head hunting research – a typical job for students – evolved into more than just a sideline when Claudia Gschiel moved from Vorarlberg to Vienna some 20 years ago.
Concurrent with her studies of English and History to become a teacher, she worked with a renowned Personnel consulting agency in telemarketing and research as early as 1993. Her work proved to be such a success that she was recruited by ISG Personalmanagement in 1999.
From 2000, Claudia Gschiel focused her work at ISG on headhunting research assignments of specialists and executives for various projects in all areas of trade. While closely co-operating with the respective senior advisor, she was able to expand her expert knowledge to a growing number of areas and markets.
Due to growing demand in all fields pertaining to executive search, Claudia Gschiel has headed an efficient and competent research team since 2005 with whom she enthusiastically shares her expert knowledge on a regular basis.
Motto: „Love it, change it or leave it”
Europe / EMEA, USA & CANADA, CENTRAL- AND SOUTHAMERICA (LATAM), Asia, Middle- & Far East / U.A.E.
Healthcare private equity and venture capital funds in the range of $50M to $500B AUM / Global Life Sciences, Biotech, Pharma, Medical Devices/Diagnostics, Innovation & Digital Health Transformation / Healthcare Private Equity and Venture Capital backed companies / Privately and public held firms (for-profit) in the range of $10M to $500B / Start-up, Spin Offs, small-, mid- and large-size enterprises, turn-around operations / Multinational Blue chip organizations.
C-Suite & Board Level Search / Board-Level and CEO appointments / Senior Vice President and VP roles / General Management appointments / Senior Directors & Directors / Middle Management Appointments / Engineers / Scientists / Specialists
HEALTH CARE / MEDICAL DEVICES / PHARMA & GENERICS / BIOTECHNOLOGY & LIFE SCIENCES / MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS / MEDICAL CAPITAL EQUIPMENT / CONSUMER HEALTHCARE / CLINICAL NUTRITION / HEALTH CARE-IT, MEDICAL- & BIO-INFORMATICS / HOSPITALS & SENIOR RESIDENCES / HEALTH INSURANCE / MEDICAL CONSULTING / CHEMICALS / COSMETICS / MEDICAL ADVERTISING INDUSTRY, MEDICAL TOURISM & SPA.
Commercial Marketing & Sales | Business Development / Health Economics & Market Access | Pricing & Reimbursement / Regulatory Affairs | Quality Management & Safety / Hospital Administration & Management / Medical Assignments / Scientific Research (Biotechnological & Pharmaceutical) / Preclinical & Clinical Development / Medical Manufacturing | Production, Prototyping & OEM / Bioprocessing | Pharmaceutical Engineering & Packaging / Health Care IT Management | Medical- & Bio-Informatics
Mr. Scheuba shows an excellent and unique knowledge of international medical devices, pharmaceutical, biotech and health care markets in general. From his university background perspective, Elmar Scheuba is an international health economist and graduate of “health care management” master studies at International Management Center Krems (IMC) / Austria with the focus on international pharmaceutical management, international hospital management and international health care consulting.
Mr. Scheuba possesses over 20 years of professional work experience during which he has had the opportunity to gain substantial financial health care experience as a global buy side equity analyst for an exclusive health care investment-boutique in Switzerland, where he was responsible for worldwide medical services research (hospitals, distributors, HMO’s, health care IT). During his several professional assignments he could also gain valuable experience in the endovascular medical devices industry at Medtronic Corporation and received an extensive insight in Novartis pharmaceutical Drug Regulatory Affairs (DRA) business. Apart from that, he was later performing as an international product manager for a leading European supplier of consumer medical products and could further contribute to Deloitte’s Life Science consulting business in Zurich where his profound industry expertise and personal dedication made him a valuable asset as a global subject matter expert for topics associated with medical devices, life science, pharma and health care providers.
Prior to setting up his own global recruiting and executive search company Mr. Scheuba was able to successfully build up his strong personal competence in health care recruiting and executive search by performing as a European senior business manager for medical devices and pharma on board of two globally renowned major executive search companies, located in Germany and the UK respectively.
Elmar Scheuba represents a high caliber manager and visionary leader in the following sub-industrial and functional executive search segments:
Martina Petzl began her professional career after her studies of business management at the University of Graz. After a two-year stint with a marketing agency for tourism in Graz, she began working in the HRM department of the Bundesrechnungszentrum GmbH. Her scope of duties included personnel development, recruiting and personnel marketing as well as media and public relations on the job market.
Furthermore, she was entrusted with designing and implementing various projects for the management board (e.g. HR and FM benchmarks, potential and employee satisfaction analyses, affirmative action plans, re-employment strategies after (maternal) leave, development of workforce compensation plans, re-organisation of personnel administration to SAP).
Before venturing into freelance personnel consultancy, Martina Petzl worked at ORF, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, on a comprehensive redesign of ORF’s HR management focusing on the development of “ORF-Recruiting” as the main service entity within the media enterprise.
Due to her highly developed analytical abilities Martina Petzl can quickly master the most difficult problems and situations and conceive the suitable solutions. Her strengths also include a high sense of responsibility, cost and budget consciousness as well as relevant in-depth knowledge and dedication.
In the course of a seminar on advertising and sales at Vienna University of Economics, Martina Petzl was able to delve into issues dealing with personnel marketing, corporate culture, corporate identity and design as well as with media and public relations.
Martina Petzl has been a member of ISG since 2002. Due to her personal background in the city of Graz, her main geographical focus is southern Austria therefore offering services to the Styrian business community (computer and IT technologies, pharmaceutical enterprises as well as marketing firms and media).
Motto: „A problem is half solved if it is clearly stated.”
Andreas Vetr is from Vienna Austria and worked for two decades abroad, helping national and international corporations to find, onboard and keep C- level managers.
After many projects on business development and restructuring of companies, he joined in the worldwide rapidly growing ISG Team in July 2010 and is conducting Executive Search Projects, leads the sector group Industry and heads Turkey and the Caucasus Region.
Due to his many years of leadership experience in various fields and industries (like Training & Development, Construction, Manufacturing, Building Equipment, Facility Management, Retail…) with companies like Schindler Elevator, Johnson Controls, Sharp Electronics and W.F. Adlmüller, he acquired cultural-, market- and professional “know how” in important areas and functions of SME’s and large corporations and personal as well as organizational issues. Therefore you will find with the ISG Team and Andres Vetr a competent partner in your HR matters.
Quote: “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”
By John Maxwell
Marisa Otto studied law, economics and sociology at the University of Salzburg. There she specialized in the areas of strategic management and personnel.
After graduating, she began as a trainee in the ISG Executive Search team, which she has supported as a consultant in the search and selection of qualified candidates since 2013.
Motto: “Paths are made by walking them.” Franz Kafka
Sabrina Kriechbaum graduated in Socio-economics at the Vienna University of Economics. The study is a combination of Economics and Sociology with a specialization in Finance, international organization and personnel management. In order to deepen her theoretical knowledge, Sabrina Kriechbaum was employed at Bank Austria, as well as L’Oreal in Human Resources Management. In July 2006, Sabrina Kriechbaum started at ISG Personalmanagement GmbH as a consultant and she now works for a variety of national and international companies in different industries such as financial services, commerce, production etc.
Since early 2009, Sabrina Kriechbaum has been an integral part of the executive search team in the direct approach of managers and professionals within the financial services industry and she now holds the position of senior consultant.
Sabrina Kriechbaum supports her customers in the recruitment process for all related positions.
Her motivation is a professional service for both clients and candidates. Her work style is characterized by trust, discretion, flexibility and quality.
Motto: „Carpe Diem”
After receiving a MSc degree in Atmospheric Science and a PhD degree in Experimental Physics from the University of Vienna, Mr. Rudolf joined the Austrian based Stölzle Group, one of the major European manufacturers of primary glass packaging for the pharmaceutical industry.
During the first years at the Stölzle Group Mr. Rudolf managed the business unit Medical, a profit center and commerce business serving universities, hospitals and drug stores with laboratory equipment and specific small scale packaging solutions.
After intermediate career steps as Sales Director Austria & Switzerland and Director of Business Unit Pharma & Medical he finally took over full P&L responsibility as CSO of Business Unit Healthcare & Consumer, covering global sales of Pharma and Consumer packaging containers and solutions to international pharmaceutical accounts in EMEA, CIS, North-America, South-America and APAC.
Having been member of the Executive Director Steering Team of Stölzle Group and member of the board of Stölzle Russia during a substantial period, Mr. Rudolf joined in 2014 Nipro Europe, an essential part of Nipro Corporation based in Japan. In his function as Business Unit Director he steered and organized sales of pharmaceutical primary packaging containers and prefilled syringes made from tubular glass within EMEA.
Combining his passion for the healthcare industry with his long-lasting and thorough senior managerial experience, Mr. Rudolf decided in 2016 to join ISG Healthworld as Global Managing Partner.
Mr. Peter Pliesovsky is a Managing Director and Principal Consultant of ISG spol. s r.o., Slovakia.
He is also a Managing Partner of ISG´s Automotive Sector Group. He has proven success in the search & selection assignments of executive staff and high-profile specialists for leading manufacturers, suppliers or engineering-partners in the automotive sector – with a focus on Central & Eastern Europe.
Mr. Pliesovsky is a senior HR-professional, with more than 20 years of experience in a corporate human resources area (in HR areas including search and selection of employees, their training and development, compensations & benefits policies) and in HR-consulting (executive search, board services, specialists recruitment & various HR-development projects).
His strong business background and profound knowledge of the marketplace in Western Europe, Slovakia and CEE countries make him an experienced professional in cross-regional projects in Europe, conducting numerous successful executive search projects for renowned international companies across sectors in Slovakia an in the CEE region.
Slovak, English, German, Hungarian, Russian
Motto: „The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strenght, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will“
Gabriele Wachter began her professional career at Austria’s leading bank where she successfully worked as a credit advisor for a number of years before being promoted to senior consultant for commercial clients.
During maternity leave, Gabriele Wachter graduated in economic sciences from the Open University in Hagen, Germany, focusing on HR, industrial and organisational psychology as well as financial management. In the course of her studies she specialised in personnel and organisational development, her main topic being questions arising from change management processes and the resulting resistance as well as the development of criteria for furthering their acceptance.
Since mid-2000 Gabriele Wachter supports ISG’s team as a management consultant for Eastern Austria based in St. Poelten, Lower Austria. A growing number of customers from all areas of business ranging from the industrial to the service sector as well as non-profit organisations and commercial clients value her dedication, competence, power in implementation and pronounced empathy towards people.is not an empty phrase but a personal and professional imperative to her in daily business.
Motto: „Customers are entitled to the highest lasting quality.“
Birgit Roschitz started her career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Vienna, auditing international, listed group of companies, additionally with focus on insurance companies. She attended the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt and completed her degree in accounting and auditing, real estate management as well as in organisational development and human resources consultancy with excellence.
Due to her insights gained in different sectors (industry, trade and commerce, services etc.) she enhanced her analytical structure-centered view of things. Furthermore she found her preference in solving the employees’ „troubles of communication“. Following Paul Watzlawick’s motto „you cannot avoid to communicate“ she graduated the study of mediation and conflict-management, is therefore listed at the Austrian ministry of justice and presently publishing her international master-thesis concerning chances of mediation within companies. At the same time she started her own business www.schlicht-roschitz.at
During her maternity break she decided to work part-time for ISG in 2004, primarily to get knowledge of telemarketing and acquisition in addition to her longtime experience in the fields of bank, insurance, tax consultancy, auditing and accounting, controlling, project-management, start-up-consultancy and human resources consultancy. On the basis of her definitive interest in human resources management, her pleasure in contact with clients as well as her above-average personal effort she has been operating as managing partner of ISG with her own team and office in Guntramsdorf (Lower Austria) since 2006.
Motto: „Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success“ Henry Ford
Efsane joined ISG as an Executive Consultant to cover banking and financial services industries and related consultancy businesses. She also covers finance, sales and marketing related positions and C- level suites in real sector companies; mainly in IT, retail, and fmcg, pharmaceutical, medical and healthcare.
Being a highly experienced professional in banking industry, she has extensive experience in commercial, corporate, retail and consumer segments both in business and risk areas in various positions as well as experience in both local and global organizations.
Before joining ISG team, in her last role as an Assistant General Manager, she led Commercial Banking in Citibank Turkey between January 2010 – June 2014 .She had successfully reengineered initially the middle market and then the whole business; right sized the organizational structure and turnaround the profitability of business under very challenging internal and global environment. Heavily engaged in optimization of the business. Due to efforts taken, the business showed significant growth and profitability under her leadership.
Prior to this role, during acquisition of Yapı Kredi Bankası- the 4th largest private bank in the country by Kocbank (a partnership of Unicredit and Koc Group ); executed merger of the two banks’ Corporate Centers successfully and acted as the business manager of the bank’s largest and most profitable Corporate Center. During her role as Corporate and Commercial Vice President as well as at different managerial roles in her career, she implemented many startups, change management, right sizing and downsizing strategies related to operations, processes and engaged in various areas of people management issues like recruitment, performance management, assessment, talent-development, training, organizational structures and worked on developing common culture amongst the staff.
Efsane is a dynamic and goal oriented person, passionate sales, marketing and services manager with a record of proven achievements. She is a very experienced risk manager with a balanced approach to risk taking. She is strong in building successful and efficient teams, drives the sales and marketing of different products in the most competitive markets, manages complex deals, relationships and risk successfully. She is the resourceful leader with significant senior management experience in multi-cultural environments. She is a leadership and team coach who dedicated her insight and experience to help people and organizations to change in a better way and reach their potential.
Motto: “Prepare now, when opportunity arises it is too late”
After having graduated from the Sankt Georg Austrian High School, Eser studied Economics in the Istanbul University. She obtained her MSc degree in International Banking from Marmara University with a special focus on the establishment of performance management systems in banks.
Eser started her professional career in the first and largest investment and development bank in Turkey. Between 1990 and 1996 she worked as a system development specialist in the Bank’s Renovation Project that aimed the restructuring of the procedures and processes of the Bank, thus enabling the creation of a more efficient Management Information System. In 1996 she was appointed to the Human Resource Management Department. She took part in the transformation of the former “Personnel Department” to a new HR management function with higher responsibilities and a broader vision. Her job involved some reformist actions such as the creation of a new salary and benefits system and the development and implementation of the performance evaluation methodology in the Bank. Eser was appointed as the Managing Director and the Board Member of the Banks Employees’ Assistance and Pension Funds in 2002. Reporting to the Board of Directors, she assumed full responsibility of the operations and activities performed by both Funds.
Eser joined ISG-team in August 2013. Owing to her 22 years of professional experience, she has extensive knowledge in issues concerning Appraisal Techniques, Organizational Transformation, Work Law, Social Security and Health System and Foundations in Turkey. Her experience contributes to the capacity building in ISG in the following areas:
Motto: “It’s about empathy and joy.”
Nazan Kalelioğlu graduated from T.E.D. Ankara College and Hacettepe University with a B.Sc degree in Economics.
Within her work experience over 25 years she mainly focused on:
She has extensive experience in the automotive industry, logistics sector and foreign trade. She worked for an international major automotive corporation for over 10 years with various managerial responsibilities in the areas mentioned above reporting to the General Manager. Miss Nazan has been rewarded with the ‘’ General Manager Recogniton Award’’ for a Logistics study.
In addition to her functional responsibilities, she took part in local and international projects of the company which she enjoyed very much. Between the years 2002-2009 she worked as the Agean Region and Special Projects Manager of a well-known logistics company and later as the Operations Manager of an international natural-stone exporter.
In September 2013 she joined ISG-team. Believing that ‘’human’’ is the most valuable asset of a company, she contributes in:
Motto : ‘’Imagination is more important than knowledge’’
‘’For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.’’ Albert Einstein.
Nuray has an economic degree and worked initially 2 years for a corporate company as export manager. After that, she moved for many years to private banks, to support their stock exchange department, where she became the country operation manager for all branches in Turkey.
Nuray is a lifelong learner and attends continuously seminars and courses to gain certified knowledge on personal development, motivation, organizational behaving, marketing & sales. She has the certificates from SPK (Capital Markets Board) Capital Market Activities Basic Level License, -Advanced Level License and Derivative Instruments License just to mention a few.
Since 2013, she is a valuable member of ISG Personalmanagement and conducts national and international executive search projects and is a member of our finance and consultancy practice group.
Nuray coordinates our Turkish subsidiary as a General Manager, speaks Turkish and English and focuses on:
Motto: There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Selma Demir Tekinalp studied psychology at Boğaziçi University and then, completed business administration program in İstanbul University.
In 1989, she started her career at Çukurova Group, the third biggest group with its 89 companies in Turkey; she was responsible from the training activities and the corporate communication activities at group level until 1996.
Then, she worked for Akçansa Cement company, a joint venture of Heidelberger Cement and Sabancı Holding, as the Human Resources Manager for four years during its merger process.
Between 2000 ve 2007, she worked for Antalya Airport Operator, owned by Fraport AG, as HR and Organizational Development Director, responsible for the functions of human resources, total quality, corporate communications and medical services. By start of new operation period in 2007, she continued to work as HR and Organizational Development Director for the new operator of Antalya Airport – ICF Airports – which is a joint venture of Fraport AG and IC Group, until the end of 2012.
During her 25 years of substantial experience in multi-national companies in service, industry, trade sectors; she carried out change management projects such as mergers, reorganization, insourcing, outsoursing, close down & start-up. She, also, designed tailor-made HR systems, corporate culture programs, employee engagement & motivation programs, assesment centers and training & development programs.
She joined to rapidly growing ISG team in 2013 and provides services in her expertise areas :
Motto: “Lifetime learning and development…”
Liljana Kainz is Country Manager of ISG North Macedonia.
She holds a master degree of science in technical chemistry engineering, polymer technology and over 20 years of experience with international companies as Sales Executive, Business Developer and Executive Management.
Liljana recruits across all management disciplines providing clients with tailored search profiles, advertised selection and recruitment support as well as assessment solutions across all sectors of the economy in Macedonia. Furthermore she can offer tailored outplacement support adjusted to the individual needs of employees.
ISG Macedonia operates in Macedonian, English, German, Croatian, Bulgarian, and Serbian.