Leadership Development Solutions was established in 1994, by Korn/Ferry International, who was the first global player in the top executive search industry to enter the Romanian environment after 1990. By doing this, our firm has set the foundations of the top executive search industry in this country.
In 2000, after Korn/Ferry International became a listed company on NYSE (KFY), its Romanian entity went through a management buy-out and changed its name into Leadership Development Solutions (LDS / the Firm). LDS continued to be the exclusive partner in Romania of its former mother company, Korn/Ferry International, until 2010.
After the take-over, in 2000, the Firm has developed its own business model and its proprietary technology which helped it consolidate its premier position in the Romanian leadership environment. Almost 75% of our clients are either multinational, public or private companies, the balance being made out of international privately owned companies (private equity & family owned businesses).
We have advised in the last 20 years the largest banks and financial institutions, the top 2 automobile manufacturing companies, 3 of the top 5 largest mobile telecommunications companies, a selection of the top tier FMCG companies, the top 3 investors in energy, the largest automotive components producers, the largest investor in food production.
LDS has achieved distant market leadership during the decade 2000-2010 with >34% market share and have been retained as advisors to the Bucharest Stock Exchange (2012-2013). On the occasion of our 20 years anniversary we founded www.leadership.ro, which is our way of expressing our corporate responsibility towards the business community and towards its future generations of leaders. Within this project we are committed to lead the effort to establish the first Institute of Directors in Romania.
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