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IIC Partners Appoints New Global Chair and Board Directors

IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide, one of the world’s top ten global executive search organisations is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth Curran as Global Chair, and four new directors to its Board. Ms. Curran and the new Board members were nominated and elected during IIC Partners’ Global Conference & AGM held earlier this month in Hong Kong.

Ms. Curran has served on the IIC Partners Board of Directors since 2011. She has served as a Director for 2 years and Vice Chair, EMEA for 2 years. Ms. Curran is Managing Partner of MERC Partners ( located in Dublin, is an active member of IIC Partners’ Global Financial Services Practice Group and has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the executive search and leadership consulting industry throughout her career. This announcement also coincides with Ms. Curran’s recent appointment to the Board of the National Maternity Hospital Foundation in Ireland.

“I am honored and thrilled to be appointed as the new Global Chair for IIC Partners. My time on the Board afforded me the opportunity to contribute during a period of pivotal growth and change for IIC Partners. I am very excited to lead our organisation and continue the journey of transformation over the next three years with the implementation of new, compelling and far-reaching strategic initiatives,” commented Ruth Curran, Global Chair of IIC Partners.

Christine Hayward, Executive Director of IIC Partners said, “I am pleased to congratulate Ruth on her appointment as the new Global Chair and welcome our four new Directors to the IIC Partners Board. I’m very excited to collaborate with our new Board, and continue to support our great organisation. I look forward to serving our members and building the future of IIC Partners under the stewardship of Ruth and our global Board.”

During the Global Conference & AGM in Hong Kong, IIC Partners appointed four new Directors to IIC Partners’ Board of Directors.  Corinne Fernandez Handelsman was elected as Board Director, EMEA. Ms. Fernandez Handelsman is Partner and Manager of the Industrial and Technology Practice of Progress ( located in Paris and leads IIC Partners’ Global Technology, Digital Media and Telecommunications Practice Group.

Mike Bacchus was appointed as Board Director, Americas. Mr. Bacchus is Chief Executive Officer of Conroy Ross Partners ( in Canada and leads the firm’s national expansion by strengthening its presence in key markets. Conroy Ross Partners’ Edmonton office has been a member of IIC Partners since 1996.  Sally Stetson was appointed as Board Director, Americas. Ms. Stetson is Co-Founder and Principal of Salveson Stetson Group ( located in Philadelphia and leads IIC Partners’ Global Human Resources Practice Group.  Anne Stuckey was appointed Board Director, Asia Pacific. Ms. Stuckey is Director at de JAGER Executive Search ( in Sydney and looks forward to leveraging her extensive global executive search experience to further develop and strengthen IIC Partners.

Existing Board members were also reelected during the Global Conference & AGM in Hong Kong. Charlotte Eblinger was appointed as Vice Chair, EMEA Bhavishya Sharma was appointed as Vice Chair, Asia Pacific and Todd Hohauser was re-elected as Vice Chair, Americas.  The IIC Partners executive Board consists of ten directors including:

Global Chair: Ruth Curran (Dublin)
Vice Chair, EMEA: Charlotte Eblinger (Vienna)
Vice Chair, Americas: Todd Hohauser (Detroit)
Vice Chair, Asia Pacific: Bhavishya Sharma (New Delhi)
Director, Americas: Susan Chadick (New York)
Director, Americas: Mike Bacchus (Edmonton)
Director, Americas: Sally Stetson (Philadelphia)
Director, EMEA: Corinne Fernandez Handelsman (Paris)
Director, EMEA: Will Lacon (London)
Director, Asia Pacific: Anne Stuckey (Sydney)


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