Paul van Maarschalkerwaart, partner

Without being aware, Paul placed his first candidate when he was at a younger age. He was involved in medication delivery for several pharmacies in Amsterdam, looking for high school students who could carry out this work for me. Come to think of it, he has been busy all his life looking for different ways of searching, finding, knowing, understanding and connecting people and work. In his job at Randstad, it was all about staffing and seconding. Moving to Bols Wessanen as HR-manager he started looking for marketing management positions,CFO’s, HR management and factory managers / directors through working with executive search firms.

Starting 1996, Paul worked at agencies specialised in recruitment & selection, executive search and assessments. In 10 years at one of the larger executive search firms, he developed a generic practice in various sectors such as professional services, TMT, Medical/Health, Retail, Banking and Consumer Goods. In those days searches mainly involved senior management and specialists and national and international assessments. That experience inspired Paul to start his own business. He was requested to open and lead Cátenons first foreign office in Amsterdam. It was a success and after that he decided to embark on his own course, which lead to starting his own firm with Lodewijk Lugard in 2006: Confius Executive Search. Confius has since evolved into a niche player and specialist in Legal, Finance, Digital, Consulting & Management Search and Assessments.

The ‘ why’ is easy for him: it’s about connecting the client’s business case(s) with the understanding and interpretation of the candidates’ track record, ambition and capabilities, offering candidates a challenge that will give them such great pleasure they’ll never feel like ‘doing their job’ again.

Paul’s specialisms

Legal, Compliance & Governance, Fin Tech, Med Tech, Consulting and Human Resources
Coaching, Assessments and Career Outlook Programs

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