The best climber in the world is the one that has the most fun.Alex Lowe
The ‘Nordwand’ or the ‘North Face’ of a mountain is the most challenging, difficult, adventurous, highly prized, and most highly respected route to the summit. For hundreds of years the challenge of being the first to successfully climb the ‘Nordwand’ of the now most famous peaks in the northern hemisphere (Eiger, Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses) have delivered us tales of extreme courage, adventure, bravery and eventual glory as the best route to the top has been unlocked.
We believe the notion of climbing a steep mountain face represents the challenge and ambition to follow a highly successful and rewarding career. Similarly, we believe the task of identifying ones organisational needs, translating these into job specifications and then applying this to a successful staffing initiative can also feel like standing at the bottom of a steep face. Fortunately, we are here to help you. We can provide you the general weather report, the technical skills, the equipment, the team-members, a route-map and the necessary encouragement to achieve even the most difficult challenges.
We are an international team of highly experienced senior recruitment and management consulting professionals with over 50 years of relevant industry experience in Switzerland. We have a solid track record of leading organisations and delivering profitable growth for blue-chip international companies. All of our people have built up a strong reputation on the market for offering excellent service and delivery and have a direct, refreshingly honest and uncomplicated style. We aim to build an organisation based on these simple ideals.
Danny is a founding partner of the Nordwand Group AG and leads our Finance & Accounting practice. He also personally handles our Executive Search mandates across a broad range of functions and is responsible for the general management of the business.
Danny has over 20 years professional experience. He started his career in London where he held various Sales & Marketing Management roles before moving to Switzerland in 2001. Since then he has led and contributed to the profitable growth of several stock-exchange listed international recruitment and professional services firms.
Danny is a British and Swiss national and a graduate in European Business Studies from the Nottingham Trent University and has a post graduate diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He loves the mountains, both in summer and winter, and is a long-suffering West Ham United fan.
Martin is a founding partner of the Nordwand Group and leads our IT team. He personally serves a number of our key clients also for a range of Executive search mandates in both IT and Sales & Marketing functions. He is also responsible for the general management of the company.
He has worked in specialised recruitment since 2001 and has successfully built teams in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Alongside his team management responsibilities in success based recruitment, Martin was also actively involved in the development of a range of client specific recruitment solutions. Martin is a federally certified Sales Manager and has a professional certificate in Social Media Management, a theme which is ever more important in the recruitment industry.
In his free time Martin is a passionate football fan and loves sharing his statistical knowledge with anybody brave enough to listen.
Martin is a Senior Manager with the Nordwand Group. He joined us shortly after we formed the company and primarily serves customers with recruitment needs in the area of Information Technology.
Martin previously worked in Human Resources at Credit Suisse and managed an on-site team of IT recruitment specialists. Prior to that he worked for several years as a consultant and Team Leader for Permanent Placement at one of the largest European IT staffing companies.
Thanks to his many years of experience, he supports and advises successful corporations and SMEs across a range of recruitment matters. His broad experience and deep knowledge allow him to coach candidates through the entire application process as well as expertly supporting clients active in the recruitment of qualified specialists and executives.
Outside of the office Martin has trekked in Tibet and Nepal, but is more likely to be found these days with his family hiking the Uetliberg or the Pfannenstiel.
Kimon in his role as Manager acts as the link between our customers and the technical candidates he identifies.
He brings together different areas of interest and was previously, with an international recruiter, in two different positions in the IT environment. As a Research Consultant, he was responsible for the recruitment and candidate care (Interviewing, assessments). As a development of that role he took over, as Senior Recruitment Consultant, additionally the responsibility for customer management, where he is today and can call himself a Manager.
In his spare time, Kimon Abderhalden is always looking for good restaurants and unwinds with a healthy mix of sports and a glass of red wine.
Pascal is responsible for the further development of our Finance & Accounting practice.
He began his career with a renowned Private Bank in Zurich before moving to an international Fund Management company where he spent 12 years building and developing the Swiss market.
Pascal has been in the specialised Recruitment industry since 2007 and focusses on filling vacancies for specialists and managers in the Finance & Accounting discipline.
In his spare time he is an avid record collector with an affinity for jazz.
Wes has over 13 years of recruiting expertise across the Information Technology and Financial Services sectors, 10 of which have been serving the Swiss market.
For many years his focus has been on Client Development and Account Management of some of the most reputable larger companies in Switzerland as well as supporting SME’s, including start-ups, to grow their businesses.
Clients will always want to identify and attract top performers for their businesses and Wes is able to think beyond a standard search & selection approach and solve his customers problems. He continues to take advantage of his extensive network of both Business and IT professionals and stays regularly informed about industry developments and trends.
At weekends Wes likes to head to the mountains where he enjoys all types of sports and adventures. If you know him, its ‘go big or go home’!
Gilles joined the Nordwand Group to strengthen our IT recruitment team, where he has several years of experience.
Being able to search out the best candidates with the right skills, Gilles is able to react and fulfil even the most complex problems for his clients. Gilles always puts the well-being of his candidates and clients first.
With his further training as "Recruiting Specialist" and "Personal Assistant HRSE", Gilles has also ensured that he is familiar with the current standards in Recruitment/Human Resources. Gilles supports clients and candidates in Swiss German, German and English.
In his free time, Gilles can be found playing handball, in the gym or going out with his friends.
Rupert is a key member of the finance team at the Nordwand. A firm believer that interviews work both ways, Rupert is driven to find candidates open-minded to exploring new opportunities.
He is experienced at inspiring the right questions, shining a light on the best course of action and giving the helping hand to raise candidates to the next level.
Rupert started his career in IT sales in London before moving into the financial services industry in Austria and Switzerland. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management and is fluent in English and German. At weekends, Rupert likes to be in the countryside, whether that be travelling in Europe or going shooting.
Jasmin is the first point of contact at the head-office in Zurich. As a Resource Associate at Nordwand Group AG in Zurich, she is responsible for resourcing candidates, quality control of the CRM platform as well as various administrative tasks around the office. She has excellent customer service skills gained from her past experiences and background in retail.
When not in the office, Jasmin enjoys pursuing her sporting hobbies such as gymnastics, attending group fitness or summer festivals. She also loves to travel the world experiencing new cultures and their cuisine. To relax, she likes to listen to R&B with a glass of wine, paint creative pictures with acrylic paint or practices on her sketches. She always wants to gain new experiences and expand her horizons.
Alongside her role at the Nordwand Group, she is completing business school and putting what she has learned into practice. In the future, she aspires to study marketing or interior design.
Join a winning team!
The Nordwand Group team members are all experienced specialised recruiters. We understand each other well and work together in a fun, dynamic and professional environment. We are always interested to grow and to welcome new colleagues to the team. We are interested to meet commercially minded and experienced people who really want to release their potential.
If you are interested to get to know us, we will be pleased to hear from you.