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Renovata grows German presence: Tilanie Salvador joins Hamburg office

Renovata is delighted to announce the appointment of Tilanie Salvador as a Consultant in the Hamburg office.

Tilanie has been a market-leading executive search professional in the digital space for many years now. She began her career in executive search during her college days, when she became a part-time researcher for a boutique Search firm . “In those days, there was no LinkedIn and no Xing – just a phone book and a phone”, she says. “I loved it. I love figuring something out. Executive Search is always about trying to find a solution, like unpicking a bundle of knotted wool.”

Before she had finished college, she was already getting approaches from leading firms and her 12-year career has already taken in Russell Reynolds (where she began to specialise in tech and Industrials) and Heidrick’s. “But when you work for a bigger company in a smaller market, you can’t develop functional focus”, she says. “So industry and tech encompassed everything from gas transportation to online marketplaces, oil infrastructure to digital payments. With every search you’re starting from scratch instead of developing and leveraging your network.”

“At the same time, in the past 5-10 years, digital has moved from being a subsidiary of the bigger TMT practice to being at the heart of corporate life. Just five years ago, many Executive Search companies in Germany would not have had a digital practice. So I took a big risk specialising in digital, but I now have a strong footprint in digital in Germany, I’m a part of that ecosystem and I’m delighted to bring that knowledge to Renovata.”

And today, Germany is an exciting place in digital. “There’s a lot of momentum”, says Tilanie, especially as Berlin is Europe’s second largest tech hub and Germany’s traditional champions of the Mittelstand – embrace digital transformation. “In terms of talent, ‘transformation’ isn’t an outdated word. Digitisation really requires digging deep into the business, moving things around and putting it all back together with the right talent in place. Often those people won’t be the same people who got the business to where it is today, and often they won’t be the same leaders for the future.”

She is looking forward to building Renovata’s German business, working alongside Vanessa Dill. “When you’re strong in one location, word-of-mouth works well, but when a business has several offices, as Renovata does, you have to shout a little louder. And while most digital players here will know Renovata, we need to spread the word among more traditional businesses.”

Thomas Jepsen, Partner at Renovata, says, “I am delighted to welcome Tilanie to the Renovata team in Germany. She has an unrivalled in-country record across tech and industry, and her in-depth understanding of the business models that are driving business transformation today mean she has an exceptional reputation with her client base. I am delighted that she has chosen to bring her skills to Renovata”.

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