2GET joins global human capital firm Heidrick & Struggles

21 October 2019 Consultancy.lat 3 min. read

Heidrick & Struggles, a global human capital consulting and executive search firm, has acquired 2GET, with around 50 partners, consultants and staff one of Brazil’s largest recruitment and headhunting firms.

“This acquisition allows us to significantly expand Heidrick & Struggles' presence in Brazil, and we will be able to better serve the local marketplace, as well as our larger multinational clients with operations in the country,” said Krishnan Rajagopalan, chief executive officer of Heidrick & Struggles.

With over 1,600 employees across  some 50 offices in six continents,  Heidrick & Struggles is one of the world’s largest human capital consultancies. The Chicago-headquartered firm is most known for its executive search services, but also supports its clients with human capital consultancy offerings including leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness. Heidrick & Struggles was founded 1953 by two former employees of management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

To date, Heidrick & Struggles has been serving the Brazilian market with a small team in São Paulo, led by Darcio Crespi, a twenty year veteran at the firm and formerly a partner at strategy consulting firm Arthur D. Little. With the bolt-on of 2GET, the firm now instantly becomes one of the largest players in the local market.

2GET joins global human capital firm Heidrick & Struggles

2GET launched in 2009, and serves its clients from offices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The firm focuses on executive and senior positions across a number of sectors, including agriculture, consumer goods, retail, financial services, manufacturing, life sciences, media, oil & gas, real estate and information technology.

As part of the integration, 2GET will be rebranded as Heidrick & Struggles Brazil, with Paulo Mendes, the founder of 2GET, appointed managing partner of the Brazilian operation. Other senior members of 2GET include André Donha, André Pasternak, João Marco Frederico, Natasha La Marca, Paulo Mendes, Guilherme Brandão and Wanessa Aguiar.

“We look forward to an exciting new phase of growth and innovation,” said Mendes, adding “with the combination of Heidrick & Struggles' global reach and extensive portfolio of leadership advisory services, and our local market expertise, we can bring exceptionally differentiated services and offerings to our clients in Brazil.” 

Back in 2017, Heidrick & Struggles launched its own consulting unit, trading as Heidrick Consulting. 

The deal comes months after another large Brazilian human capital consultancy, Business Partners Consulting (offices in São Paulo, Campinas and Curitiba), affiliated with the network of Friisberg & Partners, a Swiss-origin executive search network.