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Company History

Company History

Alexander Hughes’ history traces back to 1957. The firm, founded in the UK, is one of the first Executive Search companies in Europe that groomed and trained some of the most admired professionals in the industry.

In 1978, Maurice Rozet founded CPM Search, one of the first French firms specialized in direct executive search and recruitment of top managers.

During its first years, the company was focused on developing the French market; progressively CPM Search consolidated its position as market leader and earned a solid reputation in the executive search business and board services in France.

The company expanded its footprint beyond France pursuing new market opportunities by way of organic expansion and progressive acquisitions. This vision is translated in the strategy that remains the Group’s driving force today – to offer a strong presence worldwide through wholly-owned, fully integrated offices and provide the same quality services to the company’s global clients.

Amongst a first wave of office inaugurations in Western Europe, CPM search acquired Alexander Hughes in 1991 which gave its name to the group as we know it today. Over the years, by successively acquiring or establishing offices from scratch in 40 countries, Maurice has pursued his objective to place Alexander Hughes amongst the few European search firms capable of rivalling with the largest international firms.

In 2009, Julien Rozet, his son, was appointed company CEO and pursued the global development of the company outside Europe further expanding in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Africa. Under his leadership and in line with the visionary spirit of its founder the family owned company continues to grow and create value to its clients in an increasingly complex and competitive environment building on his heritage, track record and a rich company history.

Today Alexander Hughes’ hard work and commitment to consistently deliver high-quality services has been publicly recognized: our firm was ranked in the top 25 global companies and is amongst the few integrated firms who have a worldwide footprint in the profession.

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