Paul van Maarschalkerwaart, partner

Without being aware, I placed my first candidate when I was 16. I 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, I have been busy all my life looking for different ways of searching, finding, knowing, understanding and connecting people and work. In my first real job at Randstad, it was all about staffing and seconding. Moving to Bols Wessanen as HR-manager I started looking for marketing management positions,CFO’s, HR management and factory managers / directors through executive search firms.

Starting 1996, I worked at agencies specialised in recruitment & selection, executive search and assessments. In my 10 years at Mercuri Urval I 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 me to start my own business. As a one-man band at first, but before I knew, I was requested to open and lead Cátenons first foreign office in Amsterdam. It was a success and after that I decided to embark on my own course, which lead to starting my own company 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 me: it’s about connecting my client’s business case(s) with the understanding and interpretation of my candidates’ track record, ambition and capabilities, offering my 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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